Assistant Grants Accountant (Maternity cover)

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NBI Partnership

The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). All of these organisations carry out scientific research funded by the UK Government, European Union, Charitable and Industrial Sponsors. The Partnership employs around 150 staff to cater for the needs of approximately 1500 Research Staff, Students and Visiting Scientists who are all located in close proximity on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory are registered charities (No’s 223852, 1058499, 1136213 and 106550) and are Equal Opportunity Employers..

Post Details

Job Title
Assistant Grants Accountant (Maternity cover)
Post Number
Closing Date
31 May 2018
Starting Salary
£24,300 - £29,750
Hours per week
Expected/Ideal Start Date
18 Jun 2018
Months Duration

Main purpose of the job

The role of the Assistant Grants Accountant is to account for the funds gifted or contracted to the institutes by the project sponsor, often a public or charitable body. In the case of EU grants and some government departments eg DEFRA, these cost statements are subject to external audit, at present a local firm of accountants called Lees. In the majority of grants, which are from BBSRC, this is not the case. In most cases these cost statements are a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for closing a grant. The sponsor needs to be confident their money has been spent appropriately but is primarily interested in the scientist’s project report and the answer to the scientific question being investigated.



Group Details

Grants reporting team within Finance team.

Advert Text

The NBI Partnership currently has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Grants Accountant to join the Finance team.


The NBI Partnership is jointly owned by four bioscience research institutes (John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory and Quadram Institute) and provides non-scientific services to the four institutes.

The finance team plays a key role in supporting the world class science of the institutes through identifying funding opportunities and managing grant income. The team negotiates and administers all stages of the grant process from pre-award to audit, proactively engaging with scientists and ensuring a seamless service.

The role:

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with excellent attention to detail to join the team as Assistant Grants Accountant. The post holder will assist with the accounting of funds gifted or contracted to the institutes by the project sponsor, often a public or charitable body. They will also produce cost statements and process invoices. The role involves liaising with finance colleagues, auditors and scientists.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this post, candidates must possess at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C, or equivalent. An AAT accounting qualification would be highly desirable. Candidates should possess previous experience of working in an accounts role, and have a good understanding of grants administration. A customer oriented approach is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,300 to £29,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time, maternity cover contract expected to last for 6 months, but may be shorter or longer depending on when the absent employee returns to work.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003474.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the NBI Partnership:

The NBI Partnership provides an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary environment in which to work. Set in 230 hectares of parkland, we are an equal opportunities employer with a comprehensive benefits package to include; competitive starting salaries, free parking, defined contribution pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent recreational and leisure facilities.

Key relationships

Business analyst team within Finance.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Grant accounting. Setting up project cost centres, agreeing income profiles and cost budgets. Setting up milestones and monitoring task lists. Liaison with auditors.
Financial reporting and Analysis. Month end processing. Ad hoc projects.
Communication. Liaison with project leaders, reviewing changes to personnel on grants. Reviewing and updating awards.
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.

Education & Qualifications

5 GSCEs grades A*-C (or equivalent), including Maths & English
AAT accounting qualification
Educated to degree level, or equivalent

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Good computer skills (Microsoft office - word, excel and outlook)
Good understanding of grants administration
Attention to detail
GP dynamics

Relevant Experience

Previous experience working in an accounts role
Grant reporting
Previous experience working in a research environment

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Customer oriented approach
Ability to work with precision and accuracy within deadlines
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team

Additional Requirements

Promotes equality and values diversity
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute