Assurance Advisor

University of Oxford
June 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024 - £44,263
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Assurance Advisor This role is open to internal colleagues only. The Role

The University of Oxford is seeking a Research Assurance Advisor to join our Finance Division.

This role involves collaborating with academic, administrative, and finance staff to ensure excellence in post-award research administration. You will disseminate best practices, develop system enhancements, and deliver training to mitigate financial and reputational risks.

Reporting to the Assurance Manager and working closely with the Assurance Team, you will build key relationships with research funders, departments, and Research Services.

The successful candidate will have the skills and judgement to interact constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including academics, managers, support staff, and external funders.

This position is ideal for a recently or partially qualified accountant with a strong understanding of financial controls and the ability to operate in a complex environment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and strive to build a diverse and inclusive environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • To manage and support the administration of selected routine funder audits of research projects. This will require the effective co-ordination of audits with the university appointed auditors and a close working relationship with academic departments responsible for managing the research projects.
  • Through supporting funder audits and regular review of funder rules the advisor is to maintain a good understanding of major sponsor terms and conditions in their area of responsibility.
  • Engagement with key stakeholders within the Finance Division and with research sponsors
  • Commitment to increasing your understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and embedding these principles in your day to work and interactions with other team members
  • The post holder may be called upon to undertake other tasks or projects as commensurate with the grading and nature of the post; and to support and provide cover for colleagues as required.
  • Selection Criteria


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent work experience.
  • Recently or part-qualified with a qualification such as ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA.
  • Proven experience in a relevant role, demonstrating a good understanding of financial controls in a complex environment.
  • Strong technical skills with the ability to address sensitive issues and gain the confidence of senior officers.
  • Initiative to identify high-risk areas and suggest assurance options, with a strong sense of purpose in understanding complex environments.
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly in Excel, with the ability to manipulate data and draw evidence-based conclusions.
  • Teamwork skills and proactive collaboration across the Finance Division.
  • Ability to influence senior academic and administrative staff, communicate difficult messages, and resolve complex matters.
  • High levels of personal effectiveness, particularly in coordination, organization, and deadline management.
  • Desirable:

  • Experience with financial systems, particularly Oracle Financials R12.
  • Experience in the higher education sector or a similar environment.
  • Experience in a large, complex, and devolved organization.
  • Application Process

    You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

    The closing date for applications is noon on June 20.

    Contact Person : Nathan Jefferson Vacancy ID : 173382 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 20-Jun-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263

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