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Camden, London
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05 December 2018
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Do you want to be apart of a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health?

Founded in 1899, our clients mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide, by working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Due to recent expansion, our client is seeking a Research Operations Finance Officer…


* Central London Location
* Excellent transport links
* Awarded University of the Year 2016-2017


Support the Research Finance Manager by managing the administrative processes associated with the research grant lifecycle and proactively promoting good research grant management practice aligned to School policies and procedures

Contribute to the development of School policy, priorities and agendas by highlighting issues and suggesting improvements

Be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the faculty's research grant and consultancy Portfolio

Activating awarded grants

Authorising budget expenditure in accordance with School procedures

Day-to-day management and prioritisation of a portfolio of grants

Producing research grant claims and financial statements for funders

Reconciliation and closure of completed projects

Ensure processes are carried out on a timely basis, accurately and in accordance with the School's policy and funder requirements

Take responsibility for the accurate and complete entry of project data into the School's research management systems

Proactively identify problems at an early stage and resolve appropriately

Act as a point of escalation for more complex queries from other team members

Propose changes to School policies, procedures and administrative systems relevant to research project administration

Provide specialist expertise and knowledge on research administration to member of the

Implement changes in School policies, procedures and administrative systems relating to research project administration

Provide specialist expertise and knowledge in one or more areas of overall research administration for the ROO as a whole (e.g. funders' terms and conditions, EU administration, financial reporting, research management systems development)

Keep abreast of developments in the external research environment (policy, funders) that will

impact on School research administration processes and/or research funding activities

Ensure that the School builds and maintains good relationships with key funding bodies through resolving post award issues, especially in relation to grant progress and final reports (including financial reports)

Participate in relevant external professional networks and disseminate information to Faculty teams and staff.

Proactively provide high quality advice to researchers, team members and administrators on matters relating to grant administration, involving the communication of complex information and concepts to staff with carrying levels of existing understanding.

Support the Research Finance Manager with the development and implementation of guidance related to grant administration, including grant setup, reconciliation, invoicing and reporting

Develop and deliver training to academic and support staff members with respect to the management of awards in order to encourage compliance with School procedures and best practice

Work with colleagues across the School to streamline and improve research management processes

Contribute to the general work of the research operations team by covering for other members of the team during absences

Undertake any other duties as reasonably delegated by the Research Finance Manager or the Head of Research Operations

Manage your own continuous professional development, internal collaborations and external networks, in order to contribute to service quality, research excellence and innovation

Essential Requirements

* Hold an undergraduate degree or have equivalent training or experience
* Complex grant administration/research management (preferable within Higher Education)
* Financial accountancy
* Knowledge of principles and application of Full Economic Costing (FEC)
* Proven ability to understand and interpret complex contract documentation and funder financial terms and conditions
* Proven ability to understand, interpret, apply and develop polices and procedures
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Working effectively and flexibly as a member of staff
* Working in a customer focused environment and meeting customer needs
* Communicating complex information to non-specialists and colleagues within research management
* Working independently and proactively
* Working with high levels of accuracy and with attention to detail
* Providing informal and formal guidance and training
* Developing written guidelines and/or training materials
* Writing/developing materials for the web

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is seeking an exciting challenge within a developing University.

If you are shortlisted for this role, you will be contacted and asked to complete a full registration, where we can check eligibility, obtain references and check/complete a DBS clearance.


We look forward to hearing from you.