Assistant Finance Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,627 to £30,497 per annum
14 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £25,627 to £30,497 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/03/2025)
Closing Date:  Friday 21 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1622421VB

Why Wessex Institute?

The Wessex Institute is a large enterprise unit within the Faculty of Medicine (University of Southampton), and is focused on providing high quality, practice-based research evidence to support decision makers in health and social care. Our capabilities are broad, ranging from public/patient involvement in research, priority setting, research funding, managing the delivery of research, publishing and disseminating research findings. Wessex Institute offers excellent benefits including generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to develop your career in a professional and friendly working environment.

Equality, Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making Wessex Institute a vibrant, proud and successful organisation. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one percent of world universities and has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.

We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the Wessex Institute and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.   Our flexible working practices, 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.

About the role

An opportunity has arisen to work within the Finance and Contracts team, supporting the Finance Managers with the financial administration of programmes within the Wessex Institute.  You will be responsible for financial administration of Global Health Research portfolio of projects. You will initially be reviewing projects’ financial reconciliation statements ensuring they adhere to funders’ financial regulations, carry out contract variations as well as manage project payments.  There will be an opportunity to get involved with other duties as required.  You will provide accountancy support and general financial advice to both internal and external stakeholders.   

 You will be educated to an A level standard, have a minimum of AAT qualification and have extensive experience in a finance role. You will be analytical and self-motivated individual who is able to prioritise their own workload and use initiative to adapt and refine working practices. 

 You will have strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills, be well-organised with the ability to multi-task and to work well across the Wessex Institute. You will be a self-starter and enjoy the challenge of making things happen in a fast-moving environment.

 Who is Wessex Institute?

Wessex Institute is home to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), and is responsible for managing around £150m of new research funding each year, with an active portfolio of around £1bn. Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, NETSCC manages six national and international research funding programmes on behalf of the NIHR. The NETSCC contract is the largest enterprise contract held by the University of Southampton and is administered by the Wessex Institute.

 This is an outstanding opportunity in a developing organisation. In addition, the University offers many benefits of a good employer – a pension scheme, generous holiday allowance as well as excellent leisure and arts facilities.

If you would like to discuss this post in more detail, please contact Natalija Edwards, email .

Please apply online using the link below, making sure you complete all the screens and ensuring that you attach a full CV (including current salary), together with a supporting document stating reasons for applying (no more than 500 words).

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 Hannah Nash (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email  Please quote reference 1622421VB on all correspondence. 

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.