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Research Finance Officer

Goldsmiths, University of London

Location: New Cross
Salary: £39,895 to £44,440
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 8th December 2021
Job Ref: 464724

An exciting opportunity has come up to join the Research and Enterprise Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Goldsmiths is a campus-based university located in the London Borough of Lewisham. The Research and Enterprise Department facilitate the University’s innovative research and knowledge exchange activities. We're looking for inspiring and talented people to help build on our global reputation while also growing personally in a true learning organisation.

Reporting to: Research Manager - Pre-Award and Post-Award (Interim)

Summary:

The role holder will be responsible for all aspects of the day to day financial management of a portfolio of research grants and contracts. The role holder will be expected to work closely with the Research Manager, in order to assist with the development and implementation of improved management systems and processes to help grow the capacity for Goldsmiths to win and manage the research income portfolio. Our team ethos is built on the premise of a customer focussed, committed and collaborative working.  The primary responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Take responsibility for a portfolio of research grants and contracts;
  • Provide support to the Research Manager as required, as well as to other colleagues within the team;
  • Build relationships with academic members of staff and departmental administrators to develop the capacity of Goldsmiths to oversee and manage research grants and contracts effectively.
  • Provide training and communications for academic staff about how to manage research grants budgets, and, where appropriate, provide guidance on costing.
  • Provide accurate management information related to research finance for Principal Investigators (budget holders), College administrative staff and the Deputy Director of Research and Enterprise.
  • Work closely with the Research Manager to support the team’s relationship with the central Finance Department by providing accurate management information and responding to the Department’s statutory accounting needs.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of research grant financial management procedures and processes to ensure an efficient and effective provision of services to the Goldsmiths academic community and collaborative partners.

The post holder will provide expert advice and support at the highest standards of service to academic and professional staff across the University. We are seeking a motivated professional, with an established track record of working in a research environment with financial experience of managing external research grants and contracts. Flexible and versatile, the post holder will have proven financial, communication and collaboration skills, in addition to an excellent understanding of the UK funding landscape and its financial processes and requirements.

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