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View Vacancy -- Finance Manager - Operations Group - Josie Gowler - LMB 485

Open Date
20/03/2017, 11:25
Close Date
16/04/2017, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably X-ray crystallography of proteins, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

With the new laboratory the LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

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MRC - 4
Administration & Management
Full Time
Overall purpose:

To provide professional and proactive advice and support in all aspects of Financial Management to the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), specifically providing support to the Head of Finance and working effectively as part of a team in addition to ensuring efficient management within the Finance Office.

Main Duties and Key responsibilities:

To support the Head Of Finance in providing a professional proactive service to the wider LMB community in the following areas:

Financial Management of LMB Asset register, this includes:
•    To prepare with evidence the capital expenditure budgeting and reforecast.
•    To ensure assets are purchased within the rules of the asset policy.
•    To ensure assets disposals follow the asset disposal policy.
•    To reconcile balance sheet asset clearing account.
•    To manage the annual asset verification exercise.
•    To facilitate the National Audit Office (NAO) visit to LMB for asset existence testing.

Month-end tasks, this includes:
•    To review expenditure accruals and advise the Finance Officer as necessary.
•    To assist with grants accruals and deferred income review.
•    To consolidate the salary variance analysis for inclusion in corporate month-end variance report.
•    To provide capital expenditure variance.
•    To complete the credit card returns.
•    To offer assistance with month-end reporting as required.

Budgeting and reforecast, this includes:
•    To lead on and ensure budgeting and budget reforecasting is managed and completed in a timely manner.
•    To continually work to improve the process of budgeting and reforecast as appropriate.
•    To manage the completion of budgeting and reforecasting of Estates Management and Laboratory Services.
•    To support Finance staff in the budgeting and reforecasting work they are responsible for.

Variance analysis management, this includes:
•    To assist the Finance team with the Management of variance analysis of non-science support cost centres in Operations Group.
•    To investigate and communicate with budget holders to understand variances and to assist with budgeting, reforecasting and year-end outturns.

Proactively manage the Finance Team, this includes:
•    To manage the clearance of Balance Sheet accounts e.g. Goods Receipted Not Invoiced.
•    To manage the clearance of old purchase orders.
•    To manage the creation of cost centres as required.
•    To provide other financial management assistance as required.
•    To deputise for the Head of Finance as appropriate.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Head of Finance and Research Contracts.

You will have line Management responsibility for the Grants Manager, Finance Officer and Finance Assistant.

You will need to have good working relationships with the Finance team, Budget Holders and senior members of staff including the LMB Director, as required.

For asset management you will work with Laboratory Services and Corporate Head Office.

Education / qualifications / training required:

•    A Level education.
•    AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

Desirable: Relevant accountancy qualification e.g. CIMA, ACCA etc with relevant experience.

Previous work experience required:

•    Experience of using high level analytical skills to manage budgets.
•    Experience of month-end reporting ensuring deadlines are met.
•    Experience in managing a team.

Desirable: Experience of working in a research Laboratory environment.

Knowledge and experience:

•    Experience of accounting systems – such as Oracle, SAP.
•    A sound knowledge of accounting practices and standards.
•    Excellent Excel skills with ability to interrogate data and produce reports.

Desirable: Experience in managing an asset register.

Independent working

Essential: To have a flexible approach to work and ability to work on your own initiative with minimal supervision.

Verbal and written communication skills

•    Strong communication skills, ability to explain complex financial matters to non-accountants.
•    Strong interpersonal skills having the ability and confidence to interact with all levels of management.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

•    Positive and encouraging with the ability to motivate a team.
•    Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work to deal with several projects simultaneously. Working to strict deadlines, whilst providing accurate information.
•    Proactive with the ability to resolve issues as they are presented.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.

The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

This opportunity is closed to applications.