Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242511
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £18946 - £18946
Date Posted 25 August 2017
Grade RC-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £18,946
Grade: RC-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 1 year
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2017
Interview Date: TBC


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

The STFC Finance Directorate seeks to recruit 2 Sandwich Students, one based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Oxfordshire and one based at Daresbury Laboratory (DL) Cheshire.  The students will rotate around different functional areas of Finance to provide an all-round experience within a Finance Department and will also visit other UK based STFC sites. These appointments will be for 12 months in duration.

This position will be based at Daresbury Laboratory.

In previous years students have supported Audits at our UK Liaison office in CERN Geneva, at one of our Joint Venture organisations ILL in Grenoble France and on cross Research Council internal audits (working with the Government Internal Audit Agency - GIAA).  Such opportunities vary from year to year and depend on the interests and capabilities of the students.

Summary of Key Duties

Main activities to be undertaken during the year as part of the rotation around the STFC Finance Directorate:

  1. Strategic Planning & Financial Management:
    • assist with Strategic Planning and reporting
    • cost centre and project budget setup
    • project maintenance, monitoring of income and expenditure and forecasting
    • creation of project reports
    • assist  the Business and Innovation team in the production of monthly Proof of Concept and Business Incubator Reports
    • revenue analysis
    • Research Council Service Level Agreement (SLA) management and grant administration.
  2. Financial Accounting:
    • creation and posting of Project and General Ledger Journals
    • creation of Sales Invoices
    • processing of travel claims
    • account code reconciliation.
  3. Asset Management and Recording:
    • carry out physical verification of assets
    • review capital project expenditure for non-capital costs
    • reconcile the Oracle Project Accounting module entries on capital projects with Oracle General Ledger entries.
  4. Governance & Audit:
    • support to the Governance team on the internal audit programme
    • administrative support
    • archiving
    • any other activities suitable for the role and experience.


Following training, you will be expected to be self-motivated, follow policies, meet deadlines and work diligently through the workload assigned to you.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Students should be undertaking an Accountancy, Business, Economics (or similar) Degree, with a keen interest in working in Finance.  These roles require proactive individuals who are highly organised with strong analytical and communication skills.



  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry
  • right to live and work in the UK 
  • students should be undertaking an Accountancy, Business, Economics (or similar) Degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • experience of working within a team environment
  • experience of working to deadlines.


  • work experience in an office or similar environment
  • knowledge or experience in using a Finance system (e.g. Oracle).

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • good communication skills
  • strong written communication and presentation skills
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them.


In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online here.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a covering letter to support your application. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

STFC Sandwich Student Application Form

You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 30th October 2017
Interview/assessment date: TBC

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: