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Finance Manager

University of Warwick - Departmental Services Team

Location: University of Warwick

Job Ref: 920379

Salary: £42,149 - £50,296

Closes: 6 Dec 2021
Job purpose
To provide accurate and timely management information as part of the Departmental Services Team to senior University management, Chairs of academic departments and Heads of administrative departments, and for inclusion in reports to external government bodies, in order to aid planning, control and decision-making, especially in the deployment of University resources.

The University Finance Office works with all Departments in the University to ensure that the University maintains its reputation for financial integrity and reliability. We support business planning and innovation to maximise the financial resources available to the University and create the long-term sustainable financial platform required for future growth.

The successful candidate will will be assigned an academic departmental portfolio.

A £5,000 per annum market supplement (pro-rated and non-pensionable) is available for the successful applicant on provision of proof of current membership of an approved accounting body and evidence they hold the appropriate accountancy qualifications.

Duties and responsibilities

Based in the Departmental Services Team in the University’s Finance Office your responsibilities will include:

1. To be responsible for the preparation of financial information for academic and administrative departments and commercial activities, including financial accounts if applicable, management accounts, reports to committees, budgets, five-year plans, cash flow forecasts and project assessments.

2. To assist in the preparation and review of the University group’s management and statutory accounts and five-year plans.

3. To provide financial advice and information to Heads of Departments, other academic members of staff and managers of a wide variety of departments.

4. Special projects, usually involving preparing full business plans and critically appraising such new ventures.

5. To offer constructive criticism, advice and counsel on a variety of financial matters, including possibly pricing policy, market analysis, business risk and performance indicators.

6. To service Boards or University committees, including the preparation of agenda, minutes and papers on issues requiring decisions.

7. Contract review and appraisal to ensure compliance with University procedures, best practice and commercial application.

8. Routine work and ad hoc assignments as required.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Recognised accountancy qualification. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 2

Broad experience within a finance function, including preparing business plans. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 3

In depth understanding of the structure of large scale finance systems e.g. SAP. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

Excellent IT skills, including excel. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Sound knowledge of accounting standards and good overall technical awareness. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

Substantial experience of management accounting as well as statutory accounts preparation. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 8

Sound knowledge of VAT and corporation tax. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

A good honours degree or equivalent. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to critically evaluate new business opportunities. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of using SAP. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of costing. (a,c)

The University of Warwick has appointed SearchHigher as their recruitment partner for this campaign; please apply above by submitting a CV & Cover Letter in Word Document format , or you can also email your documents to ; or call Jayne Reilly on 07823524581 for a confidential conversation. 

Location: Coventry
Salary: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2021
Closes: 6th December 2021
Job Ref: 920379
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