Finance Manager (Research)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible. Previous applicants need not reapply.

The University of Cambridge has pre-eminent Research capabilities and these need to be supported in the best way possible. This role will work with Finance and Research colleagues to establish a new Financial Integrity of Research Activity framework, processes and provide tools for compliance with funder roles.

The Role

You will lead and champion all financial transformation work relating to Financial Integrity of Research Activity framework and will be the business lead for this activity. The transformation will include all aspects of the Research journey from pre award through to closing and reporting on awards.

You will be leading on developing and owning the strategic development of financial assurance within elements of several transformation projects that are being undertaken by the University.

You will liaise with colleagues and committees from across the University. They will be a key member of the Finance Division with strong links with the Research Operations Office.

Your Skills

You will be a qualified accountant or exceptionally by experience with strong accounting skills and a flair for systems and procedures. You must be able to manage and prioritise workloads to meet tight deadlines and be able to manage people and relationships.


The University offers an excellent benefit package including:

  • 41 days annual leave, inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Defined benefits pension schemes
  • Flexible working options
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Discounts on shopping
  • Rental deposit scheme
  • Public transport season ticket loans
  • Tax-efficient bicycle and charity-giving schemes


The University is supportive of hybrid working, where some work is undertaken on University premises and some in a remote working environment. The aim of our approach is to enable as many staff as possible to work in a hybrid way if they wish and where their role allows.

The Finance Division has embraced hybrid working and is currently trialling in-person working within teams two days a week from Greenwich House and three days worked remotely pro-rata. This arrangement is temporary whilst we are actively taking on board feedback from our colleagues.

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Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure and a security check. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to Mike Sinclair (

If you have any questions the application process, please contact a Recruitment Administrator at

Please quote reference AG38914 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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