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Faculty Accountant

Job title Faculty Accountant

Department Finance & Procurement

Salary Starting from £42,149, rising to £50,296

Grade Grade 8

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2421

Placed on Monday 20 June 2022

Closing date Wednesday 06 July 2022

Interview date Wednesday 13 July 2022

Reference CC9558

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This is a fantastic opportunity for a varied role involving both finance business partnering and wider responsibilities in supporting the Management Accounting team. We are a top 10 UK University recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research and our staff are a vital part of our vibrant and innovative community.

The finance business partner element of the role provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of the factors driving income and costs in the academic departments in the faculty and to support them with strategic planning and other ad-hoc projects. The other element of the role provides key knowledge and tools to the rest of the Management Accounting team and preparation of university-wide statutory returns.

If you like to work with a variety of stakeholders and apply finance knowledge to real situations, you will gain skills and experience and have the opportunity to work in an interesting and varied role. You may be in a management accounting role already and looking to develop finance business partnering skills to become a key advisor, or it could suit someone who enjoys working in a team and getting involved with different activities with the chance to develop practices and take ownership of these.

In this role you will be involved in:

  • Building a relationship with the Dean of Faculty, Heads of Department and other key colleagues to ensure they are fully supported in managing their financial position
  • Producing budgets, forecasts and monitoring of actual spend against budget
  • Provide ad hoc advice and costings to the faculty
  • Maintain excel templates used by the whole Management Accounting team
  • Collating information for statutory returns from colleagues across finance and liaising with external funders
  • Line management of one accounting technician

You will need:

  • To be a qualified accountant with experience or an interest in the Higher Education sector and how universities are funded
  • Strong accounting skills including budgeting, forecasting and other reporting
  • Great communication skills at all levels and the ability to work in a team
  • Good excel skills and experience of using finance systems to an intermediate level such as designing reports

We are a team of 11 experienced accountants and accounting technicians, providing reporting, budgeting and forecasting information to both the Academic and Professional Service departments and to external funding and regulatory bodies.

Our team sits within the Finance & Procurement department, reporting to the Director of Finance. We are based in the Virgil Building in the centre of Bath and there will be a requirement to work on the main campus at times.

We operate a flexi-time policy and are currently trialling hybrid working which has suited our team well. Hybrid working is one of the many ways we recognise the importance of achieving a positive work life balance. Whilst the exact days you can work remotely will differ between teams and departments, it should provide you with greater flexibility, provided you are in the UK. Learn more about our future ways of working and explore further at interview.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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