Finance Manager (WMS) (102403-0123) . Job Reference: 1889837

University of Warwick
February 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:£43,414 - £51,805
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Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional



Sub Department

Finance - WMS


£43,414 - £51,805 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

The Finance Office is looking to recruit a Finance Manager 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.

You will have a recognised accountancy qualification and broad experience within a finance function, including preparation of business plans.

Established in 2000, WMS is home to the UK's largest graduate-entry MB ChB programme. WMS also offers opportunities for undergraduate study, full and part-time research degrees as well as professional development across the healthcare sector. Alongside a range of educational opportunities, WMS has a reputation for research excellence, investigating solutions to significant global health challenges. For more information, click here.

Part of this role will include being the finance lead for our Research portfolio, managing a team of 3. The Research portfolio is typically c.£20m in the following areas:

• Clinical trial activity developing new care and treatment plans (Warwick CTU being the 2nd largest in the UK), • Laboratory based research developing new understanding of cellular activity and human pathology, • Health Science's research across varied activity such Mental Health, statistical population analysis and tackling global health problems.

We are looking for a leader and strong communicator, who has the technical skills to develop and deliver excellent financial information and advice to support WMS researchers and management in their work. Thereby enabling growth in research and making sure that income is maximised and costs represent best value.

The University Finance Office works with all Departments in the University to ensure that the University maintains its reputation for financial integrity and reliability. We support business planning and innovation to maximise the financial resources available to the University and create the long-term sustainable financial platform required for future growth. See Further Particulars for more information.

Finance Office staff across the University are networked as a professional community of expertise. You will be supported to continue your professional journey through access to Continuing Professional Development training opportunities, sector networks and regular Finance Office briefings. As a member of staff at Warwick you can enjoy a wide range of competitive benefits. The University also offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities, and we will work with you to support your career development. We respect and reward achievement and recognise the importance of a flexible total reward package. Take a look at the benefits that are on offer, including an attractive pension scheme, a generous annual leave entitlement including Christmas closure, family friendly policies, and discounted Warwick Sport membership.

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.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

For further information about this role, please contact Aarifah Pearce: [email protected]

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


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.


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.

Person Specification

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)

Essential Criteria 2

Broad experience within a finance function, including preparing business plans. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Good experience of using IT systems (SAP experience desirable). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Good communication and presentational skills. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Substantial experience of management accounting as well as statutory accounts preparation. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Good Excel spreadsheet skills. (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

Ability to critically evaluate new business opportunities. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of costing. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

First degree (or equivalent). (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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.

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 (

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.

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Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

1 Feb 2023

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