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Head of Institute Finance
Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

Job reference: SAE-016891

Location: Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/06/2021

Salary: £41,526 to £51,034 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Henry Royce Institute

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: starting as soon as possible for 2 years

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce) is the UK’s home for Advanced Materials research, innovation and commercialisation. With its hub at The University of Manchester campus, the Institute has spokes at eight partner institutions: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Through its vision of ‘Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Society’, the £235m institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science, an area which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy.

As we move into our new £105m Royce Hub Building, this is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role as the Royce establishes itself as the UK centre for catalysing industrial collaboration and the exploitation of advanced materials research. We are looking for an experienced professional to provide financial expertise and strategic support in their role as Head of Institute Finance.

You will be responsible for managing the financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting processes for Royce, and will have additional oversight and responsibility for all research institutes within the Faculty of Science & Engineering. This will include analysis of performance and continuous improvement of management information. They will have responsibility for ensuring that the financial activities of the Institute are in compliance with University and funding body policies and procedures.

A recognised CCAB professional accountancy qualification or equivalent and experience of working within the finance function of a large, complex organisation are essential. You will have a track record of leading and developing teams, the ability to think in strategic terms, and significant experience of working in an accounts preparation role. Experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment and an understanding of financial processes in the higher education environment are desirable. The successful candidate will be target-driven and able to work with a sense of urgency to meet demanding and completing deadlines.

Interviews to be held between 6th and 9th July. 

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered   

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Natalie Swithenbank, Head of Faculty Financial Reporting & Analysis         


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.