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Strategic Project Accountant

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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47,801 - 55,389 a year
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Role Description

The University of York is one of the UK's top Universities ranked in the 15th in The Times and Sunday Times University league table 2016. The Finance Department plays a central role in ensuring operational support for colleagues across all academic and support departments.

The Strategic Project Accountant role has been created as a result of the planned restructure of the Finance Department which has created four main areas – Management Accounting, Accounting Services, Shared Services and Procurement.  We intend to improve processes, systems and further develop the skills of our people. The new structure also provides a more focussed support for Faculties and for the departments.

The Role
You will report into the Finance Director and will hold responsible for leading professional financial input to the University’s business development projects. This encompasses long term scenario planning and the development of resource allocation. You will manage project scoping, planning, initiation, development, review and completion processes. Generating ideas for new projects which includes preparing project briefs and plans and obtain appropriate support.

Key Requirements

  • Education to degree level or equivalent with an Accounting Qualification (ACA, ACMA/CGMA, ACCA or equivalent)
  • Project leadership experience
  • Change management, experience of process improvement implementation.
  • Project appraisal techniques
  • UK GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practice) including FRS102.
  • Ability to analyse information and communicate conclusions persuasively.
  • Experience of working as an Accountant in a large/complex organisation, either public or private sector.
  • Excellent ability to motivate others and to coordinate their contribution.

Why York?
York is a Russell Group university with around 16,000 talented students, studying 29 subjects. York are currently ranked 15th in the Times Good University Guide, with eleven of our subjects in the top ten nationally. We aim to offer collegiate and supportive environment as an employer. Flexible working hours, nursery facilities, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, generous holidays and an attractive pension scheme all make the University one of the region’s leading employers.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.



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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.