Senior Finance Analyst

University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
GBP 44,706.00 - 51,799.00 per year
15 Oct 2021
30 Oct 2021
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Job Details
Senior Finance Analyst
Job Purpose

• To play a leading role in providing a comprehensive, effective and efficient management accounting service across the University.

• To provide high quality technical support across the University through insightful analysis and issue resolution.

• To support and develop enhanced liaison between the central Finance Office and Colleges, ensuring accurate, timely, relevant and reliable information allowing delivery of a customer service focus

• To continuously improve processes and procedures to support efficient and effective operations within a strong internal control environment.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Deliver an effective budgeting and planning process across the University.

The role holder will work with the Head of Management Accounts to agree the annual timetable and underlying assumptions to be used in preparation of the University's three year budgets. The role holder will define the financial budgeting templates required from the College Finance teams and will provide appropriate training and guidance. The role holder will ensure that key milestones are delivered and will consolidate the budget inputs for review with the Finance Office Directorate ahead of meetings with key members of the Senior Management Group. The role holder will also take the lead in producing the financial budget papers for meetings with the Vice Principal Strategy and Resources, the Director of Finance, the Principal and Finance Committee.

2. Provide an effective, efficient and consistent financial management reporting service across the University

The role holder will co-ordinate all month-end activity across the University, including timetabling, transaction processing, provision of standard reports to the College Finance teams and definition of the inputs required from the College Finance teams. The role holder will also consolidate, review and challenge the monthly results and forecasts and prepare the monthly reporting pack for review with the Finance Office Directorate, ahead of publishing to Senior Management Group. The role holder will also ensure that specific balance sheet reconciliations are performed, in liaison with the Financial Accountant. The role holder will also be expected to continually review the University's financial reporting and identify opportunities for enhancing the information provision whilst improving the efficiency and automation of the report preparation.

3. Process efficiency and effectiveness

The role holder will be expected to play a key role in optimising the service that the management accounting team provide to the College Finance teams and remove duplication and wasted effort. They will have a clear understanding of the needs of the customer base and will work to provide an effective service level delivery. In doing so they will be expected to work closely with College Finance staff and Financial Accounting staff to ensure that management reporting and the underlying data integrity and processing is delivered in a controlled, effective and efficient manner utilising a standard corporate process.

4. Internal Controls

The role holder will be responsible for monitoring and development of internal control system to ensure University finances are well controlled. Work with the central Colleges to ensure internal controls operate on the preferred corporate system and process.

5. Support the future of our investment framework including providing strategic oversight on the investment portfolio, financial governance and benefits realisation

Develop the University benefits blueprint defining when and how the strategic objectives will be baselined and tracked. Identify and proactively mitigate the major strategic risks relating to benefit realisation. Develop and maintain robust financial data and leverage this to provide sound business and financial management information to senior leadership including identifying strategic action plans to ensure our return on investment.

6. Other Duties

Attend meetings as required and deputise for the Head of Management Accounts/Deputy Head of Management Accounts. Provide information as required under Freedom of Information Requests. Provide high quality and specialist advice & guidance on financial information and university policy

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Knowledge of financial & accounting procedures.

A2 Chartered Accountant or Equivalent, or qualified by experience, with up to date knowledge of policy & procedures.

A3 Comprehensive knowledge of business processes.

A4 Proven track record in a large complex environment.



C1 Ability to apply intellectual rigour and analytical insight to support qualitative decision-making.

C2 Highly effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to challenge assumptions and practices with diplomacy.

C3 An ability to demystify complex financial concepts for non-financial colleagues.

C4 Resilient and able to effectively deal with ambiguity and able to maintain momentum in the face of obstacles/setbacks.

C5 Ability to prioritise workload to deliver to tight deadlines and manage competing demands from various stakeholders.

C6 Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft packages such as Excel, Word, Access, Powerpoint; and accounting software packages.



E1 Relevant post qualification financial and management accounting experience within a large, complex organisation.

E2 Experience of working with and influencing at various levels across the organisation including senior management.

E3 Successful track record of working with non-financial managers to drive improvements in decision-making and financial performance.

E4 Significant practical experience of using computerised finance systems.

Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 9, £44,706 - £51,799 per annum.

This post is full time and open ended. New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Ref : 068488 Close Date : 26-Oct-2021 23:45

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