ERDF Finance Officer

Manchester Metropolitan University

Average weekly working hours: 35.00
End date or duration: 12 Months


Faculty SAS Administration provides professional support to students across the whole student lifecycle –from initial enquiry and application to final award for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. We also support the academic community in the areas of research, consultancy, enterprise and knowledge exchange. We deliver sector-leading services, providing outstanding levels of support to eight Faculties and 37,000 students, including collaborative partners both inside and outside the UK. Service enhancement, both to the students and the academic community is fundamental to everything we do, and informs our strong culture of continuous improvement and customer-focussed delivery.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a dynamic centre, providing high quality programmes for small and large firms and for social enterprises.

The Centre for Enterprise (CfE - is nationally known for its work in this area. The team provides a range of short and long programmes focused on leadership, growth, business development, business management and entrepreneurship.


The postholder will be responsible for the successful financial and output management of the Centre’s European Regional Development Fund project Cheshire & Warrington Growth Programme. The postholder will be responsible for all financial aspects of the project, in particular for the compilation and checking of monthly claims to the funding body and finance and compliance with funding regulations. This will include managing budgets, monitoring expenditure, compiling and checking financial claims and reports, and the development, implementation and monitoring of a range of systems and procedures to ensure the project is administered according to funding regulations, and that the projects deliver the financial and non-financial targets set by the funding body.

You will also be expected to develop, maintain, and extend positive working relationships with various external stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate

Applicants must have experience of working to complex funding guidelines, a commitment to delivering excellent customer service, and some experience of managing workshops and events. Previous experience of managing EU funded project budgets, in particular ERDF, compiling claims and dealing with audits is essential.

You must have extensive experience and advanced skills in producing complex spreadsheets, in particular Excel, both for financial calculation and for producing ‘user-friendly’ management information reports using graphs and tables. You should also have experience of using computer-based accounting systems and dealing with financial transactions and procedures.

The successful candidate will have the ability to deliver accurate work outputs under pressure and to tight deadlines, whilst also having a high standard of communication and inter-personal skills, in particular when dealing with funders, auditors, partners, small businesses and government bodies. You will be able to plan, prioritise and manage your own workload to meet tight deadlines, as well as demonstrate a professional ethos in working collaboratively to achieve team results.

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