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Purchasing Administrator

At Microsoft Research Cambridge, our researchers, scientists and engineers undertake world-leading ambitious projects in an industrial research and development setting. The Lab is strongly focused on machine learning and AI, creating breakthrough technologies in fields such as cloud infrastructure, security, gaming, workplace productivity and computational biology.

We are looking for a finance administrator to provide support to a team of world-leading researchers and engineers.


  • Collates and processes invoices according to policies.
  • Processes expenses, ensuring that they adhere to policies.
  • Issues gift letters for sponsorship.
  • Manages the procurement for all software and hardware purchases creates purchase orders and tracks the delivery of all items.
  • Tracks and charges personal post.
  • Raises and distributes cheques, as required.
  • Provides support for month/quarter/year end close.
  • Journal entry support.
  • General administration support.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A passion for learning and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Keen attention to detail with analytical problem-solving skills. Understanding of business processes and challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills; fluent English speaker a must.
  • Personal integrity, initiative, curiosity and exceptional judgement.
  • The ability to work well within a diverse, geographically distributed, multi-cultural environment.

Further information:

This position is a full-time contractor role for 18-months, based at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK.