ACCA Finance Apprentice - Research Finance

£22463 per annum
05 Dec 2023
31 Dec 2023
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Entry level, Apprenticeship

Objectives of the post To assist and support the Research Finance team in the provision of financial and performance information for regular management reporting, funder compliance and grant costing calculations by maintaining the integrity and accuracy of financial information held on the finance system (Agresso) and the staffing information for roles funded by research grants. Tasks 1.Management Information and Analysis

  • To assist in the production and distribution of the budget holder reporting in line with the month end timetable
  • Transactional processing to move costs and budgets across codes as directed by research accountants.
  • Prepare data for projects and other ad-hoc requirements, as required by Finance Business Partners or the Head of Research Finance
2.Grant tracking and planning

  • Prepare and post budget adjustments throughout the year on a timely basis
  • Prepare and post reconciliation journals and adjustments
  • Assist in the preparation of grant budget templates for new awards 3.Financial Processes and Controls
  • Ensure FMP forms for new staff and contract changes are processed and update the Human Resources/Payroll system with funding details
  • Help maintain an up-to-date, complete and accurate budget approval and reporting access rights record on Agresso (ASF)
  • Help to ensure that payroll control accounts are cleared for all research grant-funded posts each month
  • Prepare and post adjustments to the General Ledger, under the guidance of members of the Research Finance team
  • Maintenance of standing data in Agresso, including project codes and grant codes
  • Identify missing grant Masterfile and project information from regular system reports and assign tasks to the correct research team
  • Ensure that monthly interdepartmental recharges are received and are posted in line with the month end timetable
  • Help to monitor adherence to the journal approval process by the finance team through reconciliation and sample testing
  • Co-ordinate compilation of divisional spreadsheets, including major funder remittances, with input from the Research Finance Team 4.Business Relationships and Decision Support

  • Assist in resolving budget holder queries. Other
  • Undertake other activities as required by line manager and the Head of Research Finance

  • Degree or AAT L3 qualification desirable.
  • A levels or equivalent grade A-C
  • GCSEs grade 9/A*-4/C including Maths and English


  • High degree of computer literacy and able to learn new IT skills quickly
  • Strong excel skills
  • Good general level of education, including a high level of numeracy Desirable
  • General understanding of finance functions and management accounts
  • Previous exposure to Agresso or a similar ERP finance system
  • General understanding of and/ or interest in project accounting

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Organised - able to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines

The Institute of Cancer Research
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. The ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally. The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

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