Project Finance Accountant
Innovate UK
Swindon, GB
5d ago
source : GOV.UK

Job description

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities :

Manage and deliver the financial review of project information in a fast-paced change environment including :

Any required first level scrutiny of financial and supporting information provided by applicants to ensure compliance with Innovate UK, State Aid and Competitions guidance requirements

Financial viability review of applicants to assess suitability for grant provision and recording the same.

Financial eligibility review of detailed project information in application documents, associated appendices and finance forms to establish compliance with policy, guidance and State Aid

Liaison with applicants to resolve issues identified by financial review, including timely documentation as supporting evidence

Work with other teams to integrate the results of participant project financial reviews with other requirements and processes

During the life of a project support and give advice on project changes and issues escalated by the Operations and Technology teams, including Monitoring Officers

Contribute to and deliver process improvements as part of ensuring an efficient, effective financial review process, whilst working with other teams to ensure optimum end to end processes for Innovate UK and our customers

Support other ad-hoc business requirements as necessary

This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list and the post-holder might be expected to undertake any other duties across the wider directorate, commensurate with the Band and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and / or training.


Person Specification :

Experience : Essential


Hands on experience of working within a fast-paced, process driven, service orientated, research or competitive procurement environment

Confident / articulate and ability to manage workload / priorities

Financial management and analytical review experience with focus on quality and attention to detail balanced with cost-effectiveness.


Interest / background / experience in innovation or research, business competitiveness and technology policy or delivery

Understanding of structure of government and key Innovate UK partner organisations such as the Research Councils and Devolved Administrations

Skills :

Demonstrable analytical skills and attention to detail

Proven team working capabilities

Self-organisation skills and a demonstrable ability to manage and prioritise own workload to meet tight deadlines

Strong presentation skills and an engaging manner

Exceptional communication (both written and oral) skills, the ability or produce clear, concise and accurate presentations and written documents

IT literate, including managing data and maintaining audit trails and data integrity

A resilient approach and developed negotiation skills

Ability to manage often conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders whilst protecting the integrity and ownership of the documented processes

The ability to respond calmly under pressure and to make impartial and well-considered judgments in complex situations as and when required

Solution focused, with the ability to thrive in agile / changing environment

Able to quickly assimilate and apply new information

Positive can do’ attitude

Competencies :

As with all roles at Innovate UK applicants will need to demonstrate compatibility with and capability against our Core Competencies :

Thinking and Problem Solving Stakeholder management Communication skills Influencing Self-awareness / self-management Strategic awareness Working with others Project management

Travel Requirements :

There may be the occasional requirement for national travel.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension
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    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

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