Senior External Projects Assurance Officer

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Job Description

University House

£33,656 to £36,584 per annum


Posted On:
Monday 16 May 2022

Closing Date:
Sunday 12 June 2022

Interview Date:
To be confirmed

The Research Innovation, Enterprise and Employability (RIEE) department are looking to recruit an individual with demonstrable knowledge and skills in project management and administration of externally funded projects. Working within the Birmingham City University’s Compliance Team we are seeking an individual who has the skills to work across several disciplines and can manage funder obligations; produce Management Information Systems (MIS); articulate and understand compliance and funding assurance. The individual will be providing technical support for project teams and working across all faculties engaged in research and enterprise funded applications. The role will require good working relationship with teams in both a pre and post award assurance capacity. It is desirable that the successful applicant will have the ability and skills (or can demonstrate aptitude to learn) of the following:

  • The experience and the knowledge of working with EU & UK Government
  • Funded Projects in either a financial or compliance / assurance capacity;
  • The ability to both learn and assist in the development of new MIS Systems;
  • The ability to understand complex funding regulations;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • The ability to be flexible in working hours when required;
  • Successful applicants should have a degree in a relevant subject area.
As part of your application, please ensure you upload a CV and Cover Letter highlighting your skills and experience suitable for the role. You are advised, where possible, to remove personal details from your CV and Cover Letter, such as your name to ensure a fair and transparent process. Job Purpose The External Project Assurance Officer will be responsible for supporting and providing assurance for Projects in line with the agreed project management standards. Focusing on Financial Management and Compliance; including the development and technical review of detailed projects’ financial; audit documentation produced by the Project and Finance Teams. The Post Holder will also ensure financial assurance and compliance of externally funded projects with all statutory, contractual and funding requirements. The holder will also lead on remedial action plans; sample audits and reviews whereby projects have not fulfilled external funding financial requirements. The External Project Assurance Officer will have the following responsibilities:
  • Develop, implement and update project financial management guidance for the project teams.
  • Develop and implement financial audit controls to ensure that project risks and appropriate control measures have been identified at pre and post award stage.
  • Develop & Update systems and processes with regards to systematic financial reporting systems for the Project Managers / Principal Investigators of externally funded projects.
  • Support Project Teams in preparation for Internal and External Audits.
  • Work with External Project Assurance Manager to develop new policies and procedures relating to External Funding.
For full details applicants are advised to consult the attached and Person Specifications for the post. The External Projects Assurance Officer will have the following essential requirements:
  • First Degree in Finance, Business or other related areas.
  • Relevant experience of stakeholder relationships / partnerships.
  • Demonstrable experience and competency in report writing skills specially to convey complex information for wide variety of audience.
It would be the desirable for the post holder to have:
  • Project Management Qualification such as PRINCE 2.
  • Experience of Higher Education Sector.
  • Holder of a professional qualification.
For full essential and desirable requirements applicants are advised to consult attached and Person Specifications. Birmingham City University has the drive and ambition to be a leading seat of teaching and research excellence. We are passionate about providing our learners with a transformational journey, enabled by an exceptional and supportive academic community. With around 26,900 students from 100 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse learning community. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate academics, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance all support our graduates’ future employability. In addition the University aspires to provide a very conducive environment to conduct research, support local businesses and community. To achieve these aspirations, we work with and receive significant grants / funding from national, EU and International funders / partners. Birmingham City University (BCU) is committed to providing an environment that ensures that all externally funded projects are developed, managed and delivered to the highest quality standards in accordance with appropriate legislation and regulatory requirements. Compliance Team within Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Employment Department provides very vital support to the Project Managers and Principal Investigators across the University to deliver / manage externally funded projects compliantly and diligently thereby reducing the risk to the University.

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