Finance Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
06 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Business Support

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/08/2023
Closing Date:  Friday 21 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1621121RR-R

The WorldPop research programme, based at the University of Southampton, is an award winning, multi-sectoral team of researchers, technicians and project specialists working on producing data on population distributions and characteristics at high spatial resolution. WorldPop has a diverse portfolio of projects, including large multi-million-pound collaborative projects with partner organisations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gavi Vaccine Alliances, Flowminder Foundation, UN agencies, commercial data providers and other international development organisations.

We are seeking to recruit a Finance Manager to provide effective financial management to WorldPop’s programme activities. The post holder will be expected to oversee the WorldPop Group’s research and enterprise finances, seeking to provide pre and post-award financial advice, guidance and management information. The post holder will work closely with the Finance Research Hub and Faculty Finance Team to support the process for the approval of costings and contracts and acting as the focal point of contact for all research grants, enterprise contracts and international project partners. The post holder will also work with the WorldPop Director on developing a financial sustainability plan for WorldPop to help the group achieve its strategic financial objectives in 2022-23 with a focus on more enterprise badged projects.

The successful candidate will have experience in managing the finances of externally funded research projects and should be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of accounting standards. Previous experience in higher education accounting, international funded project reporting, budget setting and reconciliation are essential.

A flexible working pattern at a minimum of 0.8fte will be considered for this role. The successful candidate will be line managed by the Deputy Head of Faculty Finance and work under the supervision of the WorldPop Programme Manager and Director at the Highfield campus of the University of Southampton. The position is currently funded until 31 August 2023, with a strong likelihood of extension. 

We offer excellent benefits that will make your life easier, including a generous holiday allowance of 30 days, 6 additional university closure days plus public holidays. We will support your long-term future too, with access to a generous pension scheme with Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.


Our flexible working practices, currently including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people.

 “The School of Geography and Environmental Science is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion]. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates, and particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups who are under-represented within academic posts at the University, including, but not limited to: people from Black and minority ethnic groups; and disabled people. The School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies, flexi-time and flexible working. We are a Disability Confident employer and the School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award”. 

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed term contract to 31/08/2023

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle Jose (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1621121RR-R on all correspondence.