Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
Warwick Business School
£43,413 - £51,805 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.
Warwick Business School (WBS) is a world-class business school at the heart of a world-class University. We're recognised for our academic excellence, our determination to challenge assumptions, and our connectivity to the broader university. Our reputation is based on our world-class staff, both academic and administrative, and world-class facilities. In addition, as the largest department of the University of Warwick we have a very talented and diverse student body, with students from around 120 countries across our undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD and DBA programmes.
We are looking for an ambitious and pro-active individual, possessing a recognised professional accountancy qualification and a good honours degree. You will have significant experience within a finance function or within practice and possess a sound knowledge of accounting standards and good overall technical awareness. As Finance Manager, you will work closely with existing experienced finance staff and will be approachable, enthusiastic and able to explain complex technical matters to non-finance staff.
A £5,000 per annum market supplement (pro-rated and non-pensionable) is available for the successful applicant on provision of proof of current membership of an approved accounting body and evidence they hold the appropriate accountancy qualifications.
For further information about this role, please contact Caroline Watt, Head of Finance WBS via email: [email protected]
Interview Date – w/c 27th February 2023
To provide accurate and timely management information to senior University management, Chairs of academic departments, Heads of administrative departments, Directors of commercial activities and for inclusion in reports to external government bodies, in order to aid planning, control and decision- making, especially in the deployment of University resources.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To be responsible for the preparation of financial information for academic and administrative departments and commercial activities, including financial accounts if applicable, management accounts, reports to committees, budgets, five-year plans, cash flow forecasts and project assessments.
2. To assist in the preparation and review of the University group's management and statutory accounts and five-year plans.
3. To provide financial advice and information to Heads of Departments, other academic members of staff and managers of a wide variety of departments.
4. Special projects, usually involving preparing full business plans and critically appraising such new ventures.
5. To offer constructive criticism, advice and counsel on a variety of financial matters, including possibly pricing policy, market analysis, business risk and performance indicators.
6. To service Boards or University committees, including the preparation of agenda, minutes and papers on issues requiring decisions.
7. Contract review and appraisal to ensure compliance with University procedures, best practice and commercial application.
8. Routine work and ad hoc assignments as required.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Recognised accountancy qualification (a,c).
Essential Criteria 2
Broad experience within a finance function, including preparing business plans (a,c).
Essential Criteria 3
In depth understanding of the structure of large scale finance systems e.g. SAP (a,c).
Essential Criteria 4
Excellent IT skills, including excel (a,c).
Essential Criteria 5
Substantial experience of management accounting as well as statutory accounts preparation (a,c).
Essential Criteria 6
A good honours degree or equivalent (a,c).
Essential Criteria 7
Sound knowledge of accounting standards and good overall technical awareness (a,c).
Essential Criteria 8
Sound knowledge of VAT and corporation tax (a,c).
Essential Criteria 9
A good honours degree or equivalent (a,c).
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to critically evaluate new business opportunities (a,c).
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of costing (a,c).
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of using SAP (a,c).
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.
Warwick Business School (WBS) is a world-class business school at the heart of a world-class University, challenging assumptions and championing business as a force for good. From the pioneering research we undertake, to the students we help to shape, we are for the Change Makers who will impact the world for the better.
We were the first UK business school to be triple accredited by the major bodies (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB) and our courses consistently rank highly (our Distance Learning MBA is first in the world, our Executive MBA is ranked first in the UK and sixth in the world, and our MSc Management is ranked first in the UK and ninth in the world).
However, we're more than our rankings and we're proud to be different. We're down to earth and approachable, and we want WBS to feel like home to our students, our staff and our alumni community. We look to provide a stimulating and fulfilling work environment for all. One where you will feel supported and encouraged to grow professionally; developing your knowledge, skills, confidence and career.
Our vision is to be Europe's leading University-based business school, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. This vision is supported by our three-fold mission:
1. To develop cutting-edge research that leads debate and deepens our understanding of the practice of business and management. 2. To provide a transformational learning experience, enabling our stakeholders to realise their full potential. 3. To work in partnership with policy and practice, both in terms of our research and teaching activities, to catalyse the impact of our work.
Everything we do is underpinned by our CORE values and driven by a commitment to a Change Maker mindset. We look for this shared commitment across our staff and student community.
• Change Makers see the bigger picture. Thinking beyond themselves and their environment, they're open to other viewpoints and consider the ripple effect of what they do on a personal, social, and commercial level. They're driven by having the biggest positive impact and a focus on the greater good. • Change Makers challenge the norm. Challenging the status quo and not just accepting things at face value is when real impact and change can be delivered. • Change Makers have the drive as well as the vision. It's one thing having a vision but having the drive and work ethic to realise a vision is another matter. Change Makers relentlessly pursue every possible solution in order to achieve their goals.
Our CORE Values
• Curiosity. We challenge, we embrace different perspectives, and we think creatively to build our future. • Openness. We're open to different perspectives, talking to stakeholders, listening to feedback, embracing change and pushing forward for the better. • Restlessness. We're not satisfied with standing still, and never stop looking for ways to improve. Constantly evaluating, we don't stop when we've achieved one thing; we use all of our initiative, drive and resourcefulness to achieve more. • Excellence At a world class university and a globally recognised business school, excellence is a given. There are no half measures at WBS.
The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (warwick.ac.uk)
The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.
Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.
We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.
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20 Feb 2023