Research Grants Officer
Part-qualified who has worked for a university
The Research Finance Officer supports the efficient management of a faculty's research and consultancy portfolio, ensuring an excellent level of service to the Academic and Professional Staff.
This role combines proficiency in post award grant administration with the opportunity to develop an area of expertise for example in funders' terms and conditions, EU administration, financial reporting or research management systems development.
1. Have proficiency in and responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the faculty's research grant and consultancy portfolio in conjunction with department and project administrators, as appropriate
2. Post-award responsibilities include:
setting up and activating awarded grants
authorising budget expenditure in accordance with School procedures
review and authorise Staff and Student appointments on research grants
day-to-day management and prioritisation of a portfolio of grants
producing research grant claims and financial statements for funders
reconciliation and closure of completed projects
3. Ensure processes are carried out on a timely basis, accurately and in accordance with the School's policy and funder requirements
4. Take responsibility for the accurate and complete entry of project data into the School's research management systems
5. Produce accurate reports from the School's research management systems
6. Identify problems, resolving where possible or referring as appropriate
7. Develop specialist expertise and knowledge in one or more areas of overall research administration (e.g. project costing, funders' terms and conditions, EU administration, financial reporting, research management systems development)
8. Keep abreast of developments in the external research environment (policy, funders) that will impact on School research administration processes and/or research funding activities
9. Build strong relationships with the Academic and Professional staff within the Faculty, Departments and other school services.
10. Develop specialist expertise in and knowledge of one or more major funders of research and provide appropriate information for the ROO webpage
11. Ensure that the School builds and maintains good relationships with key funding bodies through resolving post award issues, especially in relation to grant progress and final reports (including financial reports)
12. Attend relevant external professional networks e.g. user groups for EC, , pFACT, etc.
13. Respond to queries and provide high quality advice to researchers and administrators on matters relating to funding opportunities and grant administration, to include staffing a faculty based help desk facility
14. Liaise with project administrators to ensure key deadlines are met
15. Contribute to the general work of the research operations team by covering for other members of the team during absences
16. Undertake any other duties as reasonably delegated by your line manager
17. Manage your own continuous professional development, internal collaborations and external networks, in order to contribute to service quality, research excellence and innovation
18. Demonstrate the School's values through your behaviour at work, including your duties and responsibilities in respect of equality and diversity, health and safety, data protection, and any other legislative requirement