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Management Accountant

University of Cambridge - University Information Services

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,261 to £48,677
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th January 2019
Closes: 28th February 2019
Job Ref: VC18021

UIS are looking to appoint a self-starting and highly skilled Management Accountant.  The department offers the University a wide range of IT Services from networks and email, to high-performance research computing and highly specialist technology solutions. The role holder will be at the heart of our efforts to ensure we deliver these services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

It is vital that this role delivers an excellent management accounting service including responsibility for co-ordinating the monthly management accounts processes, budget setting and forecasting variance analysis, financial planning and forecasting activity, committee-servicing, as well as undertaking high-level problem solving and project work.

We have a complex financial structure that has to fit the requirements of the University chart of accounts, but also offer a transparent account of our service and project costs for users, in particular where our services are charged for. We have taken the first step in designing a financial model to give greater clarity, but we now need a Management Accountant to own and refine that model.

The role holder will provide key data that underpins our annual planning, but will also improve our internal financial management and forecasting for services and projects. The Management Accountant will also be at the heart of discussions with service owners and users about fair, transparent and timely decisions on the pricing model, which services are charged for, and how those charges are calculated and collected. You will be expected to work pro-actively in designing the model and gathering data, but will be well supported by both UIS and Finance Division in achieving and sustaining a robust working model.

We are looking for a qualified accountant or someone qualified by experience. The role holder will have demonstrable experience of presenting financial information to non-financial colleagues at a senior level and be confident in the use of financial accounting packages and Microsoft Excel. The successful candidate will be organised, proactive problem solver and be a strong communicator with great initiative and well-developed influencing skills.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Rachel Hooper,

Applicants are asked to read the information about this role in detail and tailor their applications appropriately, taking particular note of the following requirements:

  • Ability to analyse and evaluate information and present informative and compelling financial information to various audiences, including non-financial staff
  • Strong visualisation skills and experience of producing financial information in a variety of formats beyond Excel. (Tableau is the preferred tool).
  • The ability to maintain strong working relationships and to communicate effectively across a diverse network of non-financial colleagues

Please quote reference VC18021 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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