University of Warwick Finance

Finance Manager (Assurance)

University of Warwick

About the Job and department

This is an exciting opportunity to join a newly formed team and shape the approach to managing the University’s financial control risk exposure by reviewing and improving finance processes. Reporting to the Head of Finance (Assurance), the successful candidate will be supported by a Finance Compliance Officer.

Whilst some elements to the role require desk based analytical work, the appointed candidate will work proactively with a wide range of stakeholders. This will include undertaking compliance testing via activities such as ‘departmental health checks’ and developing practical, risk-informed solutions to improve, automate and simplify processes. The ability to understand the academic context and engage constructively with stakeholders to promote sound financial is crucial to this post.

This position contributes to the departmental objective of creating a long-term sustainable financial platform required for future growth, by continuously reviewing financial control processes and implementing solutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness across the University.

What are we looking for in the ideal candidate?

Educated to degree level or equivalent, the successful candidate will draw on their expertise gained in obtaining a professional accounting qualification, and working knowledge of UK employment taxes and VAT through post qualification experience.  Current knowledge of UK accounting standards and overall technical awareness will be utilised to deliver workable solutions in a timely manner, using IT systems and large-scale financial management systems.

With a sound understanding of the nature and purpose of financial controls and the management of financial risk, the successful candidate will use their excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with a diverse set of audiences, engaging with and explaining difficult concepts, providing training, and developing resources.

The appointed candidate will be required to work from the University of Warwick campus for a minimum of three set days per week on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The hybrid working model could be subject to change.

For more detailed information about the requirements and to support a successful application, please download the Job Description and Person specification here.

About the University of Warwick

Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. The University has nearly 29,000 students and over 7,000 staff. As well as academic excellence, the University is commercially focussed, providing an interesting and varied workload for colleagues in the finance team.

What will you get in return?

You will receive 30 days of paid annual leave plus four customary shut down days over Christmas, and eight statutory bank holidays. As well as a very competitive pension scheme by the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) with employer contributions of 21.6%, you will also receive –

  • Access to online and in person training courses ran by the University.
  • Free eye care vouchers and preferred rates for a dental plan.
  • Discounted travel.
  • Discounts at Warwick Arts Centre and Warwick Sport Membership.
  • Enrolment onto the Employee Assistance Programme, a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7.
  • Eligibility for a TOTUM card which provides savings at restaurants, cinemas and a tastecard for free.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter in Word Document format below or by email to This is your opportunity to showcase how your skills and experience match the person specification and your desire for working in this team at the University of Warwick.

Please ensure you include the following in your CV; full education history and reasons for leaving previous roles, explaining any gaps in work history.

We are committed to supporting career progression. We will therefore consider applicants who do not yet meet all essential requirements alongside the scope for training and development on a role-by-role basis.