<!--anchor--> <!--anchor--> Costing compliance lead (pre-award) <!--anchor-->

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Strand, ENGLAND

King’s College London has created a fabulous opportunity for a candidate passionate of research compliance and research support. The postholder will be part of a very dynamic and flexible structure in the Pre-award office at King’s and liaise horizontally with other teams in Procurement, Post-award, Finance, Contracts team, Faculties, etc, according to the needs. 

The post is expected to set-up a process and system on how to review and respond to compliance matters at application stage for all research applications being submitted at King’s to external funders, both national and international, like UKRI, NIHR, EU, BHF, Wellcome Trust, NIH as well as other charities and governmental funding. This will translate in working with departments and academics as well as the relevant functional teams across the College to review compliance matters with King’s internal policies and funders terms and conditions and address them as applicable. There is a close link with Procurement and internal facilities, etc. to obtain satisfactory compliance. For example, it is important that at the time of application the costings for internal faculties are correct, financially viable and auditable at the time of so that these costs are not rejected if there is an external audit during the life-cycle of the grant.  

The role holder is also expected to work with academics on particularly complex multi-collaborative applications and review the IP arrangements before the award notification. 

This is a new role that will be subject to developments and adaptations according to audit reviews and institutional needs. Resilience and capacity to adapt in constant changing environment is an essential part of the role. 

The successful role holder will be instrumental in the improvement of research compliance and support within King’s.  

This post will be offered on an indefinite  contract.

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent.


  • To drive and contribute to forming the University’s view on policy and practice in his/her area and in related areas 
  • To be personally responsible for his/her own work and to refer to his/her Director on complex matters of policy and/or legal matters. 
  • To undertake such other duties as are consistent with the role, as required by his/her Director and to work across University campuses as may be required
  • To consult with relevant business owners and relevant subject area experts when needed (e.g. Procurement, Finance, Post-Award etc.)

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

  • Knowledge of research grants and funders requirements.
  • Experience in working across different functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of research information systems and capacity to look into details and impact of possible solutions and decisions.
  • Diplomacy and tact when dealing with different stakeholders and problems, even in most difficult circumstances.

Essential criteria

1.       Extensive professional experience of research grants support 

2.       Ability to analyse and explain complex ideas with clarity, with excellent written and oral communication skills 

3.       Strong strategic, planning and organisational skills 

4.       Sound experience and understanding of costing and compliance matters in research projects and related issues e.g. VAT, FEC, TRAC, procurement, clinical trials, etc. 

5.       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people in a positive and helpful manner whilst being capable of firmly maintaining university policies 

6.       Proactive, resilient and self-starter  

7.       Proven capacity to work independently, even in ambiguous and changing circumstances, while having a collegial approach with relevant stakeholders 

8.       Ability to work well under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines in the face of constantly shifting priorities and pressures 

9.       Demonstrable track record of problem-solving and escalation to line management when necessary 

Desirable criteria

10.   Proven track record of devising and delivering change in a collegiate and effective way 

11.   Previous experience in a similar role  


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