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Senior Research Grants Administrator [Temporary Cover] (Maternity Cover)

In 2013, Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world-class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is a department of Cambridge University. It has the specific goal to harness the scientific strengths of Cambridge to solve problems encountered with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cancer.

We are seeking to employ a Senior Research Grants Administrator who will join the CRUK Cambridge Institute's Grants Team and play an active role in assisting Group Leaders to apply for grant funding as well as managing a broad and varied portfolio of research grants (currently ~£33 million income per annum).

The Institute Grants Team performs a unique function within the University by combining the departmental grants application and management responsibilities with functions traditionally the responsibility of the Research Operations Office (ROO). The post holder will therefore need to develop a close working relationship with the Clinical School Research Office to develop knowledge and understanding of the University's policies and procedures to ensure that comprehensive and consistent support is being provided.

Key duties include;

  • Providing specialist support and guidance to Group Leaders and Research staff wishing to submit proposals for research funding.
  • Assisting Group Leaders to cost and price projects.
  • Activate new awards on the University Financial system.
  • Assisting the Group Leaders in the financial management of their Research Grant budgets
  • Producing invoices, interim and final financial statements both in sterling and foreign currencies.

You will have the ability to work quickly and accurately when under pressure and have experience of working to tight deadlines. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret and fulfil precise requirements with meticulous attention to detail. Previous experience in Research Grant Management is essential and knowledge of the University of Cambridge financial systems would be highly advantageous. Excellent presentation skills and the ability to communicate, negotiate and influence effectively at all levels is essential.

Currently the job holder fulfils this role as part of a job share - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday's however due to the increased workload this secondment could be taken as either full time or part-time (.60 fte).

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 14 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is 28 February 2019, with the interviews due to be held on week commencing 11 March 2019.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW18116 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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