Chief Finance Officer

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Central Government

Location: South West

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 04/10/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: c.£140,000 - £150,000 per annum*


*Salary is subject to experience, but may be higher where a candidate can demonstrate exceptional relevant expertise.

**Location: Swindon (Polaris house Campus) with regular travel to London.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a non-departmental public body, bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England; and is tasked by the UK government with investing over £7 billion a year to push back the frontiers of knowledge and understanding so we can improve economic performance and support society to be enriched, healthy, resilient and sustainable.

Principally funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UKRI has c7,500 employees and is currently seeking an exceptional Chief Finance Officer (CFO) to help the Board set its strategic vision and support the delivery of a new target operating model.

Reporting into the CEO, you will provide advice on a broad range of complex public and private sector finance and commercial matters. You will develop the capabilities and capacity of a broad range of UKRI’s corporate services including finance, risk and assurance, legal, procurement & commercial services, estates and Health & Safety. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the parent department, UKRI Board and senior executives to maximise the value from £7 billion of the UK Government’s investment in research and innovation.
  • Driving the annual financial planning, budgeting and reporting cycle
  • Making decisions on complex multi £m investment decisions
  • Working closely with the Transformation Director to oversee the delivery of programmes to improve and simplify the organisation’s digital and transactional services (including acting as SRO for a multi-year service and systems renewal programme for the HR and Finance ERP.)

To succeed, you must be a professionally qualified accountant with a strong track record in strategic planning, influencing major business decisions and driving significant change within a large, complex organisation.  You will be an exceptional communicator, able to influence, challenge and establish relationships at all levels; with significant commercial acumen and business knowledge. You will be an inspiring, strong and visible leader; with a passion for ensuring world-leading research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK.  If you have not already experienced the differences between the private sector and central government service, you will be expected to demonstrate rapid adaptation.

For a discussion about the role please contact Ed Stroud or Maurice Goldstone on 020 3978 0993.  Further information is available at Interested candidates should submit a CV with a supporting statement (of no more than 2 pages) to by Sunday, 27th October.

UKRI is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve.  We are also committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. As such, all applicants are asked to complete an anonymised Diversity Monitoring Form used for data gathering information only in order to ensure departments are recruiting from the widest possible pool.

Under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), if you are a disabled applicant (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) under Part 2 Equality: Key Concepts, Chapter 1: Protected Characteristics, 6. Disability and you meet the minimum criteria for the role, you will be selected for interview.

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