Senior Finance and Research Officer

Cardiff, Wales
27,025 - 31,302
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 23, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types

Senior Finance & Research Officer
Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University

Applications are invited for a Senior Finance & Research Officer post in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University. This is a full-time, fixed-term post for 2 years, starting as soon as possible. The successful candidate will have the ability and enthusiasm to provide a comprehensive financial administration service, including its portfolio of research and other projects; undertaking supporting work, providing advice, guidance, monitoring and reporting to senior management and leading projects within this area. You will work as part of a small team, to provide an efficient, effective and quality-driven finance service using the University's Oracle EBS finance system.   You will be responsible to the Research and Finance Manager.
Cardiff University has a large and successful School of Computer Science & Informatics, which is well resourced and enjoys an international reputation for both its teaching and research activities. The School of Computer Science & Informatics is located in the Queen's Buildings complex on Newport Road within the city centre of Cardiff. Cardiff is a strong and vibrant capital city with good transportation links and an excellent range of housing available. For more information on the School please visit our website:

Cardiff University is committed to supporting all its employees in achieving the necessary balance between their work and their personal lives. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of support for staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 5 scale.

Salary: £27,025 - £31,302 per annum (Grade 5)

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Michelle Aked on +44(0)29 20879154 or by email at

Date advert posted: Thursday, 22 August 2019

Closing date: Sunday, 22 September 2019

Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description:
Job Purpose

Support the School of Computer Science and Informatics and the wider University by providing a comprehensive financial administration service, including its portfolio of research and other projects; undertaking supporting work, providing advice, guidance, monitoring and reporting to senior management and leading projects within this area.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Duties

  • Support the Team lead to provide professional advice and guidance as part of comprehensive finance services, processes and procedures to the members of the School and act as point of contact for external finance contacts and customers.
  • Use judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate and ensuring complex and conceptual issues are understood and which complements related services in the wider University.
  • Investigate and analyse specific finance issues, making recommendations that are supported by current best practice within the general area of finance.
  • Ensure that the provision of the finance service is delivered to the School and wider University, proactively change aspects of the delivery of the service according to customer/stakeholder requirements.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the School, the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and other professional service staff inside the University to develop and/or improve financial and research project management processes and procedures for the School.
  • Collaborate with others in order to make recommendations for developments of established finance and research project management processes and procedures.
  • Establish working relationships with key contacts, developing appropriate communication links within the University and externally as required.
  • Create specific working groups from colleagues across the University to achieve the School's objectives.
  • Supervise specific project teams on an occasional basis to accomplish key objectives.
  • Develop and deliver finance training to support the finance and research management service within the School and to others in the University as required.
  • Undertake a variety of finance and research management administrative duties to support the School.
  • Instruct and guide other employees from across the University on aspects of the School's finances as required.
Specific Duties
  • Support the Finance and Research Manager in the School's budget planning, monitoring and management reporting activities.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the School on finance processes and procedures.
  • Provide advice and guidance to research staff on all aspects of pre-award costing and financial planning for research and related projects.
  • Monitor and manage the School's external post-award research income and expenditure against budget on all School research grants and service accounts, working closely with all stakeholders inside the School and across the University.
  • To support the process of authorising payments and orders raised on the computerised financial system (Oracle EBS), ensuring validity and compliance within the University's Financial Regulations & procedures.
  • Assist with the closure of research project accounts, archiving files as necessary.
  • To monitor expenditure against the School's general non-staff budgets and liaising with fund holders.
General Duties
  • Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Additional Information:
Supporting Statement

You need to demonstrate clearly how your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities match those required for the job, as detailed in the Person Specification. Where possible you should give examples of when you have used specific skills and abilities or needed to develop competencies in the relevant areas. You can draw on elements from any aspect of your life, such as education, work, home or community life, as long as you focus on its relevance to the needs of this job.
If you do not demonstrate that you meet all of the ESSENTIAL criteria then you will not be invited to interview. You do not need to demonstrate that you meet all of the DESIRABLE criteria in order to be invited to interview.
Meeting all of the Essential Criteria does not guarantee you an interview however, as there may be other applicants who have demonstrated that they meet some or all of the desirable criteria, or that they meet the criteria to a greater depth and/or relevance. Essential criteria may be tested at interview stage.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics
We are a research-led School with a longstanding, international reputation for applied research activities, and collaborate with more than 100 UK and international academic and industrial partners.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 99% of our submitted research was rated at least of international standard with 79% classed as "internationally excellent" or "world leading".
Our research shapes our degree courses, making them relevant to today's employers and prepares graduates to take advantage of tomorrow's developments. In the most recent UK Teaching and Quality Assessment exercise, our teaching was awarded the highest rating. Every year more than 300 new UK and international students choose to begin their studies with us.
Through research and strategic collaborations, we seek to apply our discipline and solve challenging computational problems. Much of our research is multidisciplinary and impacts areas as diverse as healthcare, mobile and social computing, and the environment. We collaborate with a wide range of academic schools in Cardiff and other universities throughout the UK and internationally. We also work with industrial partners worldwide including IBM, Airbus and Ford.

Our research ambitions are supported by dedicated spaces with excellent computing facilities, including clusters and cloud environments, a dedicated GPU processing farm and a face and motion tracking laboratory. Researchers can also take advantage of the resources of the University's multi-million pound Advanced Research Computing facility (ARCCA).

Person Specification:
Important: evidencing you match the job criteria

It is Cardiff University's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for shortlisting. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the Essential Criteria as well as, where relevant, the Desirable. Meeting all of the Essential Criteria does not guarantee you an interview however, as there may be other applicants who have demonstrated that they meet some or all of the desirable criteria, or that they meet the criteria to a greater depth and/or relevance.
As part of the application process you are asked to provide this evidence via a Supporting Statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below.  Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each criteria.
When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number:  8469BR_supporting_statement.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  1. Degree/NVQ6 or equivalent Professional membership/experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  1. Substantial experience of working within a finance or senior finance role.
  2. Able to demonstrate professional knowledge within the field of finance to give advice and guidance to internal and external customers.  
  3. Ability to set up standard office finance systems and procedures and make improvements as appropriate.
Customer Service, Communication and Team Working 
  1. Ability to report on and communicate conceptually detailed and complex financial information effectively and professionally with a wide range of customers with varying levels of understanding.
  2. Evidence of ability to explore customers' needs and adapt the service accordingly to ensure a quality finance service is delivered to all stakeholders.
Planning, Analysis and Problem solving
  1. Evidence of ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identifying and proposing practical solutions and resolving problems with range of potential outcomes.
  2. Evidence of demonstrable knowledge of key advances within the field of finance.
  3. Evidence of ability to work unsupervised to deadlines, planning and setting priorities for own work and that of others and monitoring progress.
  4. Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific finance-related projects and supervise short term project teams.
Desirable Criteria
  1. Postgraduate/Professional Qualification.
  2. Experience of working in the area of Higher Education research pre or post awards.
  3. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.