Assistant Research Accountant

Updated: 18 days ago
Location: Guildford, ENGLAND
Deadline: 02 Jul 2024

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Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,487 to £34,980 per annum depending on experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 02 July 2024
Interview Date:  Tuesday 09 July 2024
Reference:  028824

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. 

We have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee.  

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively make a real difference.  

The role
  • Manage a portfolio of research awards with minimal supervision, including complex and high value awards, ensuring that they are administered in accordance with the agreed terms, conditions, and financial budgets. Calculating and recovering agreed indirect costs and overheads. Preparing and submitting interim and final claims ensuring all requirements for final reports, audits and other deliverables have been met. 
  • Operating with minimal supervision within a defined framework of university procedures & sponsor terms and conditions in a proactive and flexible way to ensure that sponsor driven deadlines around reporting and audit and university requirements are met. On occasions they will be faced with a variety of conflicting demands and will be required to re-assess and reprioritise their workload.
  •  Applying amendments to procedures cascaded by the Research Accountants as a result of changes in sponsor rules and requirements to their portfolio of research grants and contracts and advising principal investigators and others of the financial impact.
  •  Provide information to the Analyst and Management Accountant to help with the production of accurate research related management reporting, forecasting and planning. N.B. The above list is not exhaustive*

  • About you
    • Educated to degree level or equivalent OR Part qualified accountant (minimum of AAT) or relevant accounting or research administration experience.
    • Able to understand and ensure the correct application of contract terms and conditions.
    • Excellent IT skills including MS Office and database software.
    • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate and build successful working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
    • Demonstrates the ability to manage workloads and competing deadlines effectively.

    How to apply

    Please attach your CV and complete the application form evidencing how you meet the above criteria essential to the role.


    The interview will consist of two parts (a) a 45 minute exercise to evidence competency in the role and (b) a 45 minute interview with a panel of 3 colleagues in person in Guildford on Tuesday 9th July 2024.

    For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.
    In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

    Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

    The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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