Senior Research Grants Administrator

Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Posted
30 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2022
Ref
046825
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

This role will have the exciting responsibility of delivering a full award management function, including reports on work in progress and project monitoring as required and will report progress to the Research Grants Manager.   You will be expected to work proactively with the ultimate goal to be able to keep down the number of overdue claims, especially with focus to reduce anything that is over 90 days.  

You will maintain detailed knowledge of funder terms and conditions as well as internal financial procedures and regulations and will apply these consistently. Utilising  your coaching and mentoring skills  you will give pro-active advice, support and guidance to the Research Grants Administrators within the same team.

The role holder will need to develop a broad perspective, engaging positively and proactively with the research strategy and service transformation programme currently underway at King’s and embracing opportunities to contribute in different ways.

The role holder will ensure accurate and timely management of research funding from award to closure, including:

  • Effective and timely communication as well as responding to queries about research projects, including explaining complex financial processes to investigators and faculty colleagues on receipt of funding in an easy to understand manner for non-specialists
  • High level reconciliation and monitoring of expenditure to ensure that grant conditions are adhered to, in liaison with investigators and faculty colleagues
  • Submit invoices to funder in line with specific requirements
  • Proactive involvement in monitoring of projects; including but not limited to attendance at project initiation meetings, maintaining regular project meetings with investigators, project managers and faculty administrators throughout the lifespan of key projects
  • Conducting appropriate due diligence where required, and maintaining throughout life of a project
  • Developing and maintaining expert working knowledge of the university’s post award processes and systems
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge of funder terms and conditions as well as internal financial procedures and regulations, and will apply these consistently, and in particular with regard to financial returns. The consequences of non-compliance with financial regulations are severe and the role holder will be expected to develop and deploy a high level of expertise to manage this level of risk on behalf of the university
  • Ensuring oversight of financial approval of staff recruitment, assignment and renewal forms, according to the university’s HR procedures
  • Providing high quality reports and financial returns as required, using their specialist expertise to make recommendations where appropriate and pointing towards trends and possible explanations
  • Awareness of research integrity, ethics and open access requirements and proactive referral of concerns to the appropriate teams
  • Taking lead on internal and external research project audits
  • Maintain award information on Business World (KFIN), Worktribe, work in progress and other systems
  • Providing specialist advice and proactively addressing problems that regularly arise from multi-partner projects with complex financial regulations
  • Act as Deputy for the Research Grants Manager when necessary
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key colleagues across the faculties and other professional services areas as appropriate
  • Be an agent for continuous improvement and sustainability in all aspects of service design and delivery, engaging positively with colleagues and other projects to support the university’s wider vision and carry out other duties as required by the functional and university leadership
  • S set up, check and receipt research collaborator PO’s on the relevant system
  •  Lead on training for newly appointed staff
  • Complete full project close down procedure

The above responsibilities are not exhaustive, and the role holder may be asked to take on any other reasonable duties appropriate to their grade role profile
 

This post will be offered on an full time basis (35 hours per week) on an indefinite contract

 

Skills, knowledge, and experience

  1. Strong track record of controlling research accounts in line with financial procedures, identifying risk and compliance issues
  2. Strong track record of providing accurate, timely and accessible financial information to management and senior staff
  3. A thorough knowledge and understanding of research award management through roles previously undertaken.
  4. A thorough understanding of funder Terms and Conditions of NIHR, UKRI, Wellcome Trust, UK and Overseas Charities.
  5. Ability to demonstrate high levels of accuracy and attention to detail with very strong financial reconciliation skills
  6. IT literate with advanced spreadsheet skills including pivot tables
  7. High level of numeracy, double entry and accounting principles
  8. Excellent organisational skills and ability to lead when required
  9. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  10. Practical problem-solving skills and ability to analyse data at different levels

Essential criteria  

  1. A thorough knowledge and understanding of research award management and funder Terms and Conditions through roles previously undertaken.
  2. Ability to demonstrate high levels of accuracy and attention to detail with very strong financial reconciliation skills
  3. IT literate with advanced spreadsheet skills including pivot tables
  4. High level of numeracy, double entry and accounting principles
  5. Excellent organisational skills and ability to lead when required
  6.  Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  7. Practical problem-solving skills and ability to analyse data at different levels
  8. Strong track record of controlling research accounts in line with financial procedures, identifying risk and compliance issues
  9. Strong track record of providing accurate, timely and accessible financial information to management and senior staff
  10. Excellent work ethic with a proactive approach to tasks

Desirable criteria

  1. Degree-level education or equivalent professional qualification 
  2. Accountancy qualification or studying towards such a qualification
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