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Senior Management Accountant

Posted: 12 Nov 2019 Closes: 1 Dec 2019
Haywards Heath, South East, RH17 6TN : Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9 3AE £40,000 - £45,000
Permanent & Full-time defra/20191112181326

Within the Finance department and reporting to the Head of Project & Fund Accounting, you’ll support Kew’s mission as a key member of this team, ensuring that Kew’s project managers and senior staff receive the support and financial information required in managing grant-funded research projects.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

- supporting all financial aspects of Kew’s varied portfolio of grant-funded research projects, providing knowledge and expertise on the preparation, submission, monitoring and reporting of grant-funded project budgets,

- supporting on the provision of monthly management accounts, forecasting and budgeting for Kew’s Science Directorate which has an annual budget of around £20m

- working collaboratively on funding proposals with colleagues across Kew, including within the Science and Fundraising directorates, and liaising with external funding bodies as required,

- the critical review and monitoring of business cases, project budgets and forecasts, including for Kew’s Capital Development Programme


With proven experience of funded project accounting, you will be part of a team of 4 delivering on the section’s objectives. You will have a track record of providing a professional and supportive interface with non-Finance colleagues across a diverse organisation. Knowledge of project accounting is essential, and some experience of working with external funders across the research sector would be desirable.

The salary will be £40,000 - £45,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience.



Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

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Selection process details

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

No agencies please.

Interviews are planned for w/c 9th December. This position can be based at Kew Gardens in Richmond or at Wakehurst in West Sussex, according to the preference of the succesful candidate.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

Please note this Post is NOT regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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