Graduate Professional Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 7)

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Swindon, Wiltshire
14 Oct 2020
08 Nov 2020
Contract type
Full time

With a strong interest in launching a career in Finance, we know that you want to use your talent, skill, and dedication to make a difference. At UKRI you will get the opportunity to do just that. Our Finance teams support world-leading science and innovation and enable ground-breaking research that will inspire, shape and define our future.

UKRI is the largest public sector funder of research and innovation with an annual budget of £8bn. With a Finance team of just over 150 people across our UK sites, we have responsibility for enabling the delivery of high-quality financial services to ensure public funding for research and innovation is spent efficiently and effectively. We are part of the Government Finance Function with the ambitious vision to “put finance at the heart of decision making, driving the agenda, not just keeping score.”

Our impact is felt across the whole organisation where we work with policy makers, leadership teams, researchers, programme and project managers, engineers and scientists, to share perspectives and expertise, influence decisions, and put forward creative solutions to problems. 
Finance is a large department and the work is always varied. One day you might find yourself supporting UKRI’s overall budgeting and associated financial planning at Corporate and Council level; the next you may be providing financial advice or supporting the production of our Statutory Accounts. We can offer you real breadth of experience in a truly unique organisation.

The UKRI Finance Team are looking to recruit 6 Graduate Apprentices to start in January 2021 based either at Polaris House, Swindon or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire. The role will incorporate an ACCA Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship alongside a challenging but rewarding role. We will fund and support your studies over a 3 year period to achieve full ACCA qualifications in addition to helping you develop a broader range of personal and professional skills. We know it’s important to consider future career prospects and there are plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development after your initial apprenticeship within UKRI.

Key Accountabilities

Prior financial experience is not required, and this opportunity is ideal for recent graduates looking to start a career in finance or those who are looking for a career change.

The key accountabilities will depend on the specifics of each placement. However, they are likely to include:

  • Carrying out reconciliations, monitoring expenditure/income and support the production of management accounts, including variance analysis
  • Cost centre and Project budget setup and maintenance
  • Maintaining key spreadsheets and trackers, providing advice and analysis on the financial data
  • Preparing journals and collating backing papers and evidence to maintain an audit trail
  • Support writing the annual accounts and year end processes, including collating and preparing notes to the accounts
  • Supporting asset management, recording and physical verification
  • Preparing reports, including graphs and data to help explain numbers in reports
  • Preparing forecasts to help effective cash management
  • Support to the Governance team on the internal audit programme
  • Working with stakeholders within UKRI
  • Developing knowledge of the rules and guidance that underpins Government Finance
  • Providing ad-hoc administrative tasks across the team
  • Take responsibility for your learning and development under the apprenticeship.

During your training, you will be expected to be self-motivated, organised and able to follow policy whilst meeting deadlines. With great attention to detail, you’ll work diligently through the varied work assigned to you. We will provide the support to enable you to succeed.

Shortlisting and Interview criteria


  • Educated to Degree level/equivalent qualification or relevant experience
  • GCSE in Maths and English
  • Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication (both written and verbal) and problem solving
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good ICT skills, including MS Office
  • Self-motivated
  • Good time management skills
  • Able to work well within a team but also show initiative, with the ability to work independently
  • Able to travel occasionally to other STFC sites and to either Reading or Bristol for training.


  • Experience working in a finance or business environment
  • Experience working in a team.

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