School Management Accountant

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£44,001 to £49,048 per annum, with potential progression up to £61,309 per annum
14 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2022
Contract Type

School/Department Finance
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Permanent
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £44,001 to £49,048 per annum, with potential progression up to £61,309 per annum
Apply by 06/02/2022

Role Description

About the Role

To provide a professional management and financial accounting service to the Themes/Centres within the School that you are responsible for, ensuring that financial management is maintained to the highest standard to support the School in achieving its strategic aims. To provide strategic and appropriate management information and recommendations to the Directors of Theme and Heads of Centre to enable them to take strategic, forward looking financial decisions with respect to the monitoring, growth and development of their Themes.

You will support the Head of Finance and the embedded Finance team to become a recognised centre of excellence for budgeting, forecasting and financial information within SWEE and act as a contact point for financial queries.

About You

You will be a CCAB qualified accountant with experience of working in a large complex organisation and/or Higher Education Institution. In this role you will be responsible for overseeing the finances of the School Manufacturing Theme. This includes the production of budgets and forecasts, monitoring variance analysis and providing financial advice to the Director of Theme and the School Head of Finance.

The position would suit a hard-working, self-motivated, proactive and reliable person able to work to strict deadlines and take responsibility for their own workload.  Good interpersonal skills are essential as there will be frequent contact with customers and University staff.

You must be able to build a deep understanding of the school’s analytical, information and professional finance support requirements to provide an extremely high level of professional finance support. This will include a suite of finance reports tailored to the School’s needs that are timely, highly professional, immaculately presented and accurate. It will also include ad-hoc reports of the same standard and general finance leadership, partnership and advice. In the role you must engage and partner with the School’s academic community and be an indispensable partner for Budget holders and Principal Investigators.

Experience of working with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word is essential as the work is mainly computer based.  Previous experience of computerised accounts systems is also essential, significant experience of the UNIT4 Business World (Agresso) system would be desirable.

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to supportworld leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

The role of the Finance Professional Service Unit is to ensure that all financial data is processed to enable payments to be made and received accurately and timely and that relevant, timely and reliable information is available to all stakeholders. This covers the University and subsidiary companies (Cranfield Management Development Ltd, Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Ltd, Cranfield Engineering Innovations Ltd, Cranfield Quality Services Ltd, Cranfield Group Holdings Ltd and Cranfield Airport Operations Ltd. 

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022.  This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where job roles allow.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Sital Shah, Head of Finance SWEE, on email

Apply online now. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 3885.

Closing date for receipt of applications:   06 February 2022

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