Finance Manager

An experienced Accountant / Finance Manager is needed for a new and exciting role in South Oxfordshire.

Your new company

My client is a national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology. They are a not for profit organisation based around a number of key scientific themes with a core operational support function. They have been in the process of completing its establishment phase and are now occupying a purpose-built hub building on the Harwell Campus. Currently approx. 100 staff but they have ambitious plans to expand to circa 200 in the next few years.

Your new role

The finance function consists of a Financial Controller, Finance Manager, Assistant Accountant and Finance Assistants. This interim Finance Manager role is to support the team on a day to day basis and ensure that finance tasks are delegated appropriately and delivered in an accurate and timely manner. Whilst also working at an Accountant level to support the Financial Controller across a wide range of Finance activities to ensure good financial management and controls. This role will be in addition to our existing Finance Manager, whilst they project manage the introduction of a new Finance system. I am looking for an experienced finance professional, ideally from an accountancy background with experience of managing a small finance team.

What you'll need to succeed


  • Professional accountancy qualification and/or qualified by experience
  • Experience of all round Accounting practices
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Ability to produce robust management, project and statutory accounts to the appropriate standards
  • Proven experience of financial management at a senior level in small to medium-sized organisation
  • Thorough and up to date knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
  • Analytical mind, able to gather and analyse situations in a thorough and accurate manner
  • Keen eye for detail and great problem solving skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Proven ability to operate as a value-added partner
  • Is energetic and enthusiastic and identifies and confronts obstacles to personal and team performance
  • Commercial and business acumen
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent at managing own time and that of others
  • Commitment to personal development and developing others
  • A hands on operator who enjoys working as part of a small team
  • Comfortable taking on new challenges and learning new skills


  • Understanding of organisations with charitable status
  • Experience of working with Xero accounts package
  • Strong communication skills – ability to translate complex financial information into accessible formats for non-experts
  • Team management skills, day to day supervision, performance management and development activities
  • Experience of research funding/grant management
  • BSc or MSc degree
  • CA, ACCA or CIMA AAT qualification
  • Previous experience of working in: o A science-led organisation, and/ or a growing company

What you'll get in return
Flexible working options available.
25 days holiday plus bank holidays + Christmas shut down
Generous pension (up to 18% employer contribution)
Perks at work discount scheme
Great work environment in brand new building
Campus location in beautiful countryside, with social and sports clubs open to staff
Training and development

What you need to do now
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Job Type
Working Pattern
Flexible Working,Full-time
Charities & Not For Profit
Part Qualified Accountant
£42000.00 - £52000.00

Talk to a consultant

Talk to Andrew Wilson, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Oxford
New Barclay House – Citibase, 234 Botley Road

Telephone: 01865727071

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