Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail UKRI - Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247173
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 08 November 2018
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £41,988 (dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th November 2018


A position of Senior Capital Accountant has arisen within the Financial Control pillar of UKRI Corporate Finance. The role is based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Didcot, Oxfordshire although occasional travel to other UKRI sites will be required. The Financial Control pillar within UKRI is principally responsible for the production of the Annual Report and Accounts and the maintenance of the General Ledger and monthly transactions.  The position will be solely focussed on the management of the fixed assets further information can be found at 

The role requires a proactive individual who is highly organised with strong analytical and communication skills. Prior knowledge of Oracle is desirable.

Reporting to the Head of Capital Management, duties will include:

  • daily management of 2-3 staff (full-time and summer/sandwich students)
  • monthly reconciliation between Oracle General Ledger and Fixed Asset modules on a project by project basis
  • ensure Fixed Asset capitalisation and disposals are in accordance with UKRI policies and International Financial Reporting Standards
  • provision of educational workshops and materials on Fixed Assets and Capital Project set-ups to Capital Project Managers and Departmental staff at all UKRI sites
  • maintenance of the 150+ Capital Projects Ledger– involving advising on project structures to facilitate asset creation in the Fixed Asset Register, cleansing project data of non-capital items and the timely creation of Construction in Progress Assets
  • manage rolling cycles of Fixed Asset verification, validation and impairment review
  • maintain an effective collaborative working relationship with the shared service centre UK SBS (as Fixed Asset transaction processing is outsourced)
  • undertake a monthly quality review of the Fixed Asset reconciliations undertaken by the UK SBS
  • continuous improvement of processes and procedures in line with UKRI policies and best practice
  • any other activities suitable for the role and experience.

You will have extensive interaction with staff in both Finance and Project Management and will need to establish strong working relationships with Project Managers and Management Accountants.

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 and Interview Criteria


  • qualified or part-qualified accountant with relevant experience
  • extensive experience in a financial accounting environment substantiated by a proven track record
  • good working knowledge of the International Reporting Standards relating to Non-Current Assets – tangible and intangible
  • strong analytical skills and good attention to detail
  • good working knowledge of data mining within MS Excel
  • a good working knowledge of MS Word and PowerPoint
  • experience of staff management
  • experience in the creation and management of Fixed Assets and large Capital Projects
  • experience of complex GL account reconciliations
  • ability and experience of presenting and explaining financial information to non-financial staff.
  • a flexible and a self-motivated individual
  • an ability to work under one’s own initiative, prioritise and meet fixed deadlines
  • ability to line manage, train and develop staff
  • highly motivated with a “can-do” attitude
  • occasional travel to other UKRI sites will be required.


  • experience of Oracle Project Accounting, General Ledger, and Fixed Assets Modules.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered.

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.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 25th November 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at STFC-RAL.

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