Finance Manager

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7111659 (Ref.No. CSFIN1209)
Posted: September 26, 2022

Job Description

Salary: Grade 7 (£35,333 - £42,155 p.a. depending on experience) 

This role will be based on the University campus with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements. 

Are you a management accountant looking for a challenging role with a commercial slant? Are you a self starter, able to work independently, to tight timescales, delivering a professional and supportive finance service to a wide range of stakeholders?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.   Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. 

We are seeking a proactive, self-driven individual to work as a key member of the Research and Innovation Service (RIS) team with strong links and collaboration with the Financial Services and Management Accounting teams as well.  You will become the “go to” finance person for RIS colleagues.  You will deliver effective and efficient financial support to RIS, not only in terms of day to day preparation and management of financial plans within the service, including university wide research and innovation initiatives (such as the Higher Education Innovation Fund) but also in terms of identifying finance process improvements which will enable RIS to operate more efficiently and effectively. 

You will take the lead in providing support to budget holders, maintaining an effective accounting structure, with the aim of improving financial reporting across a whole range of diverse activities within RIS.  You will provide support to the Commercialisation team within RIS, through financial management of patents and licenses and reporting on the University investment portfolio.     

You will have relevant experience in a complex financial environment including the preparation of and monitoring against financial plans, and of producing financial management information for non-finance professionals. You will have a knowledge and understanding of the University’s financial processes, procedures and regulations and be able to provide advice accordingly, ensuring day to day processes, transactions and audit requirements are correctly managed within the service. You will have the ability to manage multiple deadlines and activities at the same time, be comfortable with dealing with a wide range of colleagues.  A key attribute is that you are proactive and able to use your own initiative in carrying out the role, without the need for close supervision. You will also provide professional challenge and be able to embrace change. 

You will report directly to the Senior Finance Business Partner for Research & Innovation but will also work closely with other financial and management accounting colleagues and other non-finance professionals from across the University. 

What we offer in return

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Lisa Worsley, Senior Finance Business Partner, Research & Innovation

Email: [email protected] 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Finance (inc Payroll)
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Friday 23 September 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 09 October 2022
Reference:  CSFIN1209


The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.