University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Financial Processes Officer

Financial Processes Officer

Finance Division, Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

The Finance Division supports the academic, research and administrative community at the University providing sound financial advice and timely information with a range of support services including financial operations, financial reporting, financial support and professional services.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

• Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

• A welcoming and diverse community

About the Role

This is an exciting new post, created to support the Finance Division in driving forward excellence in financial processes with a research focus and ensuring that they are well communicated so that colleagues across the University are empowered to deliver effective financial administration.

While there is a strong focus on communication, it is critical that this is underpinned by a good understanding of the financial control framework and an ability to work independently to identify risks and issues, develop solutions and turn complex financial information into accessible materials. This post would suit a recently or part-qualified accountant, or someone with a passion for financial processes and with an interest in driving compliance with processes. You will have a strong understanding of good practice in financial administration - the why of the operation of financial controls - and while you are not expected to be an expert in all processes when you join the team, it is expected that you will be keen to learn and able to absorb detail across all our financial processes, and recognise linking challenges. It is crucial that you have a passion for communicating information to support colleagues in working effectively, and an ability to work effectively and empathetically with stakeholders.

You will report to the Financial Processes and Improvements Manager, and work closely with colleagues across the Financial Processes, Systems and Assurance Team and other colleagues in the Finance Division. You will also need to work collaboratively with stakeholders across the University, including building a good understanding of the realities of working in a department and an ability to empathise with colleagues in different working situations.

This is a new post, and offers opportunities for the post holder to drive improvements in the team's current ways of working.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

You will be based in Hythe Bridge Street but you may be able to agree a pattern of regular remote working with your line manager.

About You

The successful candidate will have in-depth experience of financial adminstation, financial control or internal audit and a familiarity with the underpinning financial systems.

You will be capable of taking a risk-based approach to understanding finaincial process and controls based off your good knowledge of financial management, core financial processes and understanding of key financial controls.

You will possess excellent people skills, with the ability to win trust and work collaboratively and empathetically with a range of stakeholders. Your excellent written communication skills will allow you to engage with those stakeholders using clear and comprehensive text as well as presenting complex information in an engaging fashion.

Your high level of personal effectiveness and strong sense of purpose will allow you to co-ordinate, organise and focus on achieving deadlines and ensuring timetables/project plans can be met.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 28 May 2024.

Interviews will take place during week commencing 10 June 2024 and will be in person

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : Ffion Fry Vacancy ID : 172754 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 28-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 44263

Job details


Financial Processes Officer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 15, 2024

Application deadline

May 28, 2024

Job type



Business and Economics

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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