Post Award Research Manager

Date advertised

3 May 2022

Closing date

12 June 2022


Research & Innovation


Knowledge Exchange

Required hours

Full Time




£42,323 - £46,018 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art & design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.

We are seeking an outstanding Post Award Research Manager who will become part of the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office team, responsible for providing overarching support and quality assurance for all research and knowledge exchange post-award finance-related activity, including financial stewardship for live grants; provision of live grant information to grant holders and senior management; financial reporting to funders and other external bodies; and support in the management of studentships and grant administration. The postholder will:

  • Provide financial administration of individual projects funds (internally and externally funded research and knowledge exchange projects, as well as doctoral training awards and executive education courses)
  • Provide advice and guidance to Principal Investigators and their teams on a range of project funding matters
  • Ensure each project follows the funder’s regulations on expenditure
  • Prepare financial invoices, final expenditure statements and reports for funders and collaborators
  • Act as a lead for pre- and post-award finance matters in the Research Information System (RIS), including:  leading on designing post-award finance workflows during RIS implementation (working closely with the Finance Office); and providing training to staff across the RCA on using Unit 4 Business World and the Research Information System to develop, review and manage project budgets and funding

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience. In addition, it is essential that candidates have:

  • Knowledge and experience of providing post-award support with a range of academic research funders, including UK charities, RCUK, InnovateUK, and overseas/EU funders
  • Knowledge and experience of working with industry-funded research projects 
  • Knowledge of project accounting, preferably within a Higher Education Institution/FEC (Full Economic Cost) environment 
  • An understanding of project costing and pricing concepts 
  • A level of numeracy, with the ability to understand, manipulate, analyse and communicate complex financial data, including high-level excel skills 
  • Good oral and written communication skills, ability to put complex research issues into lay person terms for different audiences 
  • Experience of and skilled in building positive working relations with academic staff across all levels  
  • Strong planning and organisational skills.

This role will close at midnight on Sunday 12th June 2022.

Interviews will be expected to take place 28th June 2022. 

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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