Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246636
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136
Date Posted 04 September 2018
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,136
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 12 Months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 2018
Interview Date: 27th - 29th November 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

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 two Sandwich Student based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Oxfordshire. One post will have a main focus in the Capital Management (Fixed Assets) Team. Both posts will also receive all-round experience within a Finance Department should the opportunities arise, as well as visiting other UK based STFC sites. This appointment will be for a 12 month duration.

List of Duties/Responsibilities

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, and disposal 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.

5.            Administrative support

  • archiving
  • any other activities suitable for the role and experience.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria

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



  •  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 (S)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • students should be undertaking an Accountancy, Business, Economics (or similar) Degree (S).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • knowledge of MS Word and Excel (S&I)
  • experience of working within a team environment (I)
  • experience of working to deadlines (I)


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

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


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

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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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 copy of your CV. 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: 28th October 2018
Interview/assessment date: 27th – 29th November 2018

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:

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