Finance Business Partner – Research, Knowledge and Innovation

Closing date

22 April 2018





Required hours

Full Time




£45,002 - £50,306 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2017/18 the College has some 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

Operating within the finance department the successful candidate will be the Finance Business Partner for the Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Exchange departments. They will work closely with Budget Holders / Project Owners / Principal Investigators and Head of Department, providing them with financial information to inform, influence and support current and future decision making.

The successful candidate will be required to apply detailed and expert knowledge of award policies, procedures and processes in order to deliver consistent support. This will involve supporting the Principal Investigators (pre and post award) ensuring research grants and contracts are managed within financial regulations.

To assist and advise on the production of accurate and timely budgets, forecasts and monthly management accounts, providing critical review and interpretation of results, value-add analysis, explanation of variances and early identification of potential issues / opportunities and, where necessary, work with staff to identify remedial actions.

The successful applicant:
·Must be a fully qualified accountant (ACCA, CIMA, ACA, or CIFPA).
·Must have experience of project accounting (ideally within a Higher Education institution / Full Economic Costing Environment) and financial planning.
·Must have experience of working and providing financial support to a Research Team.
·Must have produced management accounts.
·Must possess strong interpersonal skills and have a proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships.

What’s on offer:
·Salary working five days per week, £45,002 - £50,306 p.a inclusive of London Allowance.
·25 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays) + extended holidays during the Christmas and Easter breaks.
·A contributory defined benefit pension scheme and interest free season ticket loan are available.

Please direct all applications to:

Closing date: 22 April 2018

Interviews: 26 April - 3 May 2018

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