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Accountancy Assistant Project Support

Requisition ID:  5268

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £25,941.00 - £27,511.00 

Closing Date: 25 October 2020


The Role


As a member of the SAgE Project Support Team you will have responsibility for supporting the financial management of projects (Research and Non Research) across the Faculty. Working across a wide spectrum of University services, this will include providing comprehensive support throughout the full research project life-cycle, from inception to completion.

You will work closely with budget holders/Principal Investigators (PIs) to undertake the costing of projects following recognised principles and guidelines and will support the financial administration of research grant applications and provide advice on external funder regulations


Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Team Leads Jodi Wrightson Jodi.wrightson@ncl.ac.uk or Joanne Rea joanne.rea@ncl.ac.uk


Please ensure you upload a covering letter and CV when applying for this vacancy.  Only applications received via the Newcastle University website will be considered


Key Accountabilities

  • In liaison with project leads, undertake the costing of projects following recognised principles and guidelines and using appropriate systems e.g. NUProjects.
  • Provide advice and guidance related to the application of project costing and post award finance across the Faculty and ensure compliance with agreed University / Faculty standards.
  • Support the implementation of an effective project costing and post award finance process at the School level to meet the requirements of the Head and Deputy Head of Faculty Finance and the Faculty PVC.
  • Assisting the Faculty Finance Project Business Partner, contribute to the continued development of financial reports specifically to support accurate financial monitoring of projects.
  • Ensure effective control and adherence to both University and external sponsor’s regulations, policies and procedures is maintained within the Faculty.
  • Widen the general understanding of financial issues related to projects by the preparation and delivery of courses / workshops.
  • Working with other key members of the Finance office e.g. Head of Contract Financial Management and Management Accountant (costing) to ensure adherence to regulations and to share best practice.
  • To undertake any other duties of a relevant nature as required by the Faculty Finance Business Partner.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • You should have recent relevant experience of project accounting including project costing and experience of management accounting/reporting including financial management of projects.
  • High degree of literacy, numeracy and IT skills and experience and have strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience of working effectively in a large and complex organisation to enable successful collaboration between the Finance, Faculty, School and other
  • University roles is desirable along with experience of SAP financial systems.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Embraces change, reviewing and revising plans to meet with changing circumstances, changing ways and policies in light of new information.
  • Develops and implements new ideas, supporting others during change building on others ideas and suggestions and enterprising in approach.
  • Has a clear understanding of individual or group motives, making time to listen and clarify understanding of others to avoid misinterpretation.
  • Communicates effectively, using appropriate tools and methods tailoring content of communication to the audience, changing style, tone and format appropriately.
  • Considers the desired communication impact required, planning and preparing a suitable approach whilst explaining how own proposals will support the interests of others.
  • Maintains flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances whilst working in a planned and structured way.
  • Plans workload and tasks in a systematic way, ensuring all activities are completed on time using systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date.


  • Education to at least A level standard (minimum 3 x grades A-C) or equivalent standard by experience.
  • It is desirable that you are AAT qualified (Association of Accounting Technicians) or equivalent.



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5268