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Finance Analyst (4399)

The Accounting Support team is part of Business Planning and Reporting Services, which provides a wide range of financial and management accounting services to the University, supporting the management of an organisation that has a turnover of over £300m annually.

You will be part of a team that supports Finance Business Partners to provide comprehensive, timely and accurate financial support and advice to operational colleagues and budget holders across all aspects of the University's operations.

You will undertake a range of management and financial accounting duties to support sound financial reporting and take a proactive approach to performing investigative analysis and identify process improvements to maintain a robust control environment. These include:

  • Responsibility for calculating and processing monthly expenditure accruals and prepayments, income accruals and internal recharges in the University's accounting system.
  • Producing, as required, monthly variance analyses and other ad hoc financial reports for budget holders, supporting Finance Business Partners in monitoring income and expenditure against budget.
  • Taking a proactive approach to the accounting of non-RKE activities, liaising with operational colleagues to ensure income and expenditure is recognised in line with accounting standards and departmental procedures, and produce management information reports as required.
  • Act as Finance lead on specific non-RKE grants to ensure compliance with funding regulations, provide finance support and advice, and regular budget variance reports to the budget holder.
  • Performing income and expenditure and balance sheet reconciliations to support a robust financial control environment. Assisting in the budgeting and forecasting process for activities such as Collaborative Education partnerships, Contract Teaching activities and CPD programmes, as required.
  • Assisting in the preparation of the costing and financial aspects of business plans for new and current developments and activities.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a strong understanding of financial & management accounting and experience of applying this in a working accounting environment.
  • Demonstrate high proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, data manipulation and analysis skills, and a working knowledge of SAP or similar computer-based accounting system.
  • Be able to effectively interrogate and interpret financial systems and reports, using your own initiative to identify any control or process weaknesses and rectify issues.
  • Experience of compiling financial analyses and performing income and expenditure and balance sheet reconciliations in a financial management reporting environment.
  • Be able to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues across organisational boundaries and demonstrate the ability to communicate financial concepts and information clearly and effectively in a manner appropriate to the audience.
  • Be a professional and self-motivated individual with a proactive approach to work, able to organise and prioritise a personal workload, and demonstrate a flexible approach to delivering team results against tight deadlines.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

Hybrid working is offered for this role.  The nature of the role requires presence on campus at certain times of year, but at other times you will be able to complete some work remotely. We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations throughout the application process.


 
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Location
Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
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  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Finance and Procurement
  • Salary:
    Grade 6 (27,116 to 30,497)
  • Closing Date:
    31 January 2022
  • Contract Type:
    permanent
  • Contracted Hours per week:
    35
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