Financial Controller

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Harwell, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Mar 2021

Benefits: Generous pension (up to 18% employer contribution) 25 days holiday plus bank holidays + additional for Christmas Flexible hours (core 7.30-6 pm) Campus location in beautiful countryside, with social and sports clubs open to staff Training and development opportunities for staff at all levels

Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology.

The Franklin is in the process of completing its establishment phase and gearing up for expansion so this role joins at an exciting time for the Institute.

The Financial Controller is a key position within the central operational team, heading up a small team which includes an Assistant Accountant, Procurement Manager and Accounts Clerk.

The role covers two main areas of responsibility:

  • Financial management and reporting; and
  • Business planning: being a partner to the Chief Operating Officer in preparing longterm business plans for individual departments and the overall Institute.
  • The role has a balance of operational and strategic work leading a small team in establishing strong financial practices and systems to support the continued growth of the Institute. Working as part of a small, high performing operational team with a values based culture. In return, we offer a dynamic and challenging environment with significant opportunity for personal growth and development, including the potential to support partnering efforts and, in certain cases, the commercialisation of the Franklin’s research.


    Financial Management and Reporting

    • Ensure that all financial transactions are properly recorded, filed, and reported
    • Preparation of monthly management reports and financial KPIs to identify results, trends, and financial forecasts
    • Manage cash flow by tracking and forecasting transactions
    • Ensure that periodic bank reconciliations are completed
    • Oversee processing of payroll (via third party bureau) in order to ensure timely and accurate PAYE / NIC submissions to HMRC
    • Manage accounts payable and accounts receivable
    • Coordinate the preparation of the corporate annual report (including reporting to the Charities Commission)
    • Comply with all UK reporting requirements and tax filings
    • Collaborate with the auditors to ensure proper compliance with all regulations
    • Maintenance of fixed asset register

    Business Planning

    • Support the COO in preparing business plans, including the preparation of budgets and financial plans for the Institute
    • Support the COO in preparing monthly Board reports
    • Manage financial information requests from funders
    • Support grant submissions and external collaborations through the preparation of timely and accurate budgets. Manage financial reporting of specific grant awards
    • Report to the COO, Institute Director and Board (including committees) with timely and accurate financial information
    • Support the review and maintenance of the risk register
    • Other ad hoc activities as directed by the COO

    Selection Criteria


    • CA, ACCA or CIMA qualification
    • Successful track record operating in a commercial business or finance environment as either Finance Manager/ Financial Controller or equivalent
    • Thorough and up to date knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
    • Strong financial modelling and analytical skills (including advanced excel skills)
    • Proven ability to operate as a value-added partner to senior team
    • Strong communication skills – ability to translate complex financial information into accessible formats for non-experts
    • Strong people management and leadership skills
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • A hands on operator who enjoys working with and developing a small team
    • Comfortable taking on new challenges and learning new skills
    • Ability to translate Franklin research values into personal practice and behaviours, including a demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


    • BSc or MSc degree in accounting, business, economics or related field
    • Previous experience of working in a science-led organisation
    • Experience of research funding/grant management
    • Understanding of organisations with charitable status

    In return we offer

    • 25 days holidays, plus bank holidays + additional for Christmas
    • Flexible hours (core 7.30-6 pm)
    • Generous pension scheme (employer’s contribution currently up to 18%)
    • Training and development opportunities for staff at all levels
    • Bus pass discount scheme
    • Access to employee discount platform
    • Subsidised canteen
    • Free on-site parking
    • Campus location in beautiful countryside with social and sports clubs open to staff

    Closing date18th March 2021, 09:00am 

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