UKRI
Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250899
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £19404 - £19404
Date Posted 09 September 2019
Grade UKRI-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £19,404
Grade: UKRI-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 Months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019

UKRI - Central Services - Finance Industrial Placement - Swindon Office

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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ 

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.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate 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.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.

The UKRI Finance Directorate seeks to recruit 4 Sandwich Students, 2 based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Oxfordshire (IRC250846) and 2 based at Polaris House in Swindon (IRC250899). Students are invited to apply for both vacancies.  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 UKRI sites. These appointments will be for 12 months in duration.

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 & Responsibilities

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
  • Revenue analysis
  • Research Council Service Level Agreement (SLA) management and grant administration
  • European Commission Project time sheets.

Financial Accounting

  • Creation and posting of Project and General Ledger Journals
  • Creation of Sales Invoices
  • Processing of travel claims
  • Account code reconciliations

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
  • Asset Tag and record new Capital Equipment

Governance & Audit

  • Support to the Governance team on the internal audit programme

Administrative support

  • Archiving
  • Any other activities suitable for the role and experience.

Responsibilities

  • Following training the student is expected to be self-motivated, following policy, meeting deadlines and to work diligently through the workload assigned to them.

Organization Description


What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, 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. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential:

  • 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
  • Should be undertaking an Accountancy, Business, Economics (or similar) Degree
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills.

Desirable:

  • Work experience in an office or similar environment
  • Knowledge or experience in using a Finance system. (eg Oracle)

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Experience of working within a team environment
  • Experience of working to deadlines
  • Good oral communications skills
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills 
  •  Demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
  • Ability to travel to other STFC sites as required.

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.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.

Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop .

STFC Industrial Placement Application form

To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.

You can apply for up to two Industrial Placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.

Closing date: 27th October 2019

Interview/assessment date: 25th– 28th of November 2019

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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