DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Finance Administrator

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£19,612 - £21,814 pro rata
Posted
26 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2020
Ref
20000672
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Part Time

Social Sciences Faculty Office

Grade 4: - £19,612 - £21,814 pro rata

Fixed Term - Part Time

Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5

Closing Date: 10-Dec-2020, 7:59:00 AM 

The Department and role purpose    

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health is nationally and globally leading, ranked in the top 50 in the world by the THE World University Rankings. 

It has an ambitious vision to further develop in its ability to deliver world-class education and research. 

The delivery of this vision is dependent upon effective professional support services - the Faculty finance team makes an important contribution to ensuring a high-quality staff and student experience.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Finance team working primarily with one or more departments, but may also be required to assist with other duties within the Faculty as the need arises.

The successful candidate must be able to: work independently; act effectively on their own initiative; have an excellent personal manner, and keep calm under pressure. 

The post holder must liaise confidently with both staff at all levels throughout the University and with external contractors both orally and in writing.

Working as part of a small team, within the Social Sciences & Health Finance Hub the main duties and responsibilities of the role are as follows. It is of note that the list below is not exhaustive of all tasks and requirements of the role. Workloads and day to day tasks, commensurate with the grade, will be discussed and agreed with the post holder and the Social Sciences & Helath Finance Managers. 

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide a responsive and proactive support service for stakeholders. 
  • Focus on checking stakeholder requirements to ensure the delivery of excellence with the frontline stakeholder experience.
  • Respond to service users answering and recording standard queries and bookings for activities and/or events.
  • Contribute to the planning of team activities, work and deadlines to ensure the smooth running and timeliness of service.
  • Solve day-to-day routine problems and source background information within the role.
  • Record data and information accurately and provide reports as required to team members and more experienced staff.
  • Operate a booking and enquiry service and process requests finding solutions or escalating queries where necessary.
  • Flexible in approach to accommodate the needs of team members and/or service users.
  • Assist team members to organise, plan and prepare for events, meetings and activities.
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors and professional specialists to pass on information.
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and use of systems.
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff in other areas of the organisation to ensure a seamless, smooth and efficient service.
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice that may arise with regards to the purchasing process, and escalate more specialist and complex queries or issues the Finance Office when needed.

Role responsibilities:

  • Work with team members to ensure the smooth running of administrative processes within the purchasing office and to support people and business activities.
  • Apply standard professional and recognised regulatory procedures to process, check and reconcile anomalies within data and information sets.
  • Compile, record, store and archive data and information to ensure the accuracy and safety of information.
  • Liaise with representatives from other service areas, professional organisations and agencies where necessary.
  • Use standard office-based digital systems, tools and equipment to carry out data recording, communications and networking.
  • Provide service and support for networks, committees and meetings, to draft and distribute documents and communications in standard professional formats.
  • Process and update key business documentation.
  • Liaise with external suppliers and specialists to ensure products are sources correctly and invoices paid.
  • Make venue, catering, travel and/or equipment arrangements for events, meetings and activities.
  • Responsible for raising invoices, journal/recharge transactions and requests for payment.
  • Place orders using Acquire and/or credit cards with minimum supervision.
  • Arrange national and/or international consignment of items.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  • Evidence of personal development to maintain skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office
  • High standard of numeracy and attention to detail
  • Relevant administrative experience in a busy office environment.
  • Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.
  • Experience of working on the front line with service delivery, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality.
  • Experience of working in a team.
  • Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve straightforward issues.  

Desirable Criteria

  • Confidence with complex data (e.g. demonstarted by advanced Excel Skills)
  • Experience in a financial administration role in a large or complex organisation
  • Relevant professional financial qualifications (or working towards)
  • Educated to Degree-level

Realising Your Potential Approach

The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.  

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

Please Note:  Candidates applying via Redeployment are only eligible to apply for a post at the same Grade or one Grade lower.

How to apply 

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.  

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information please contact Nathan Anderson, Finance Manager - nathan.p.anderson@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails

Job Family: Business Process and People Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.    

OUR VALUESWe are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives. 

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide a comprehensive service and deliver the efficient administration and governance of the University. 

Overall family purpose

  • Deliver direct and indirect services to stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and answer queries as part of an enquiry-desk/help-desk function.
  • Respond to and manage requests for information and resources.
  • Deliver services to meet regulatory requirements and procedures. 
  • Plan and deliver a joined-up approach to University business and people services.
  • Align business processes and services to meet operational and strategic policy objectives.  
  • Deliver business processes to ensure effective management, governance and the economic viability of the University. 
  • Encourage, collaborate and participate in the development of productive cross-institution relationships and working.
  • Provide excellent professional services that meet strategic and operational goals and business needs.
  • Carry out monitoring, analysis, development and planning to design new services and service updates for continuous improvement whilst meeting changes in regulations.
  • Engage with specialist professionals, consultants, and suppliers to exchange knowledge and facilitate partnership working.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.
  • Align and deliver programmes and activities to meet operational and strategic objectives to enhance the stakeholder experience.
  • Engage and encourage participation with external professionals, schools, alumni and donors.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering Professional Services across the University;
  • A joined-up approach to University professional services, regardless of location or line management;
  • A culture and practice of continuous improvement; 
  • Design services that meet business need;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.