Purpose of the post

The Finance Officer plays a crucial role within HDR UK as one of the key points of contact and financial support for the Institute. The role is responsible for managing the financial transactional processes and providing crucial cross-organisational support and troubleshooting via the Finance inbox. The Finance Officer supports with the management of the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable functions, from supplier set up through to payment run processing. The role also plays a key part in the running of our finance system, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and our expense system, Continia Expense Management. The Finance Officer is the key point of contact between HDR UK and our external Payroll providers, supporting with timely and accurate preparation and review of the monthly payroll process. The successful candidate will be working across the entire organisation, including contact with senior stakeholders on the central team, and with our external partners.

This is an exciting role which offers career development opportunities in finance management (the incumbent Finance Officer is moving up to a Finance Business Partner position). The successful candidate will be working across the entire organisation, including contact with senior stakeholders on the central team, and with our external partners. to support HDR UK to deliver a range of high-profile public health initiatives, including essential COVID related programmes and research in the UK and abroad.

Main responsibilities

  • Responsible for the finance inbox, first point of contact for finance queries and ensuring appropriate filing of all relevant documentation
  • Managing purchase ledger
  • Preparing and processing weekly payment runs
  • Managing the employee expense process and the public engagement expense process
  • Preparing monthly bank and balance sheet reconciliations
  • Ensuring all transactions are accurately recorded in the accounting system
  • Working with the Finance Business Partners to ensure all postings are correctly coded
  • Finance system management – general administration and management of the finance and expenses system
  • Troubleshooting of finance system and expense system queries and issues
  • Performing administrative tasks related to customer and vendor set up
  • Performing administrative tasks relating to credit card expenditure
  • Assisting with preparation for annual audits and year end statutory accounts
  • Assisting with monthly payroll checks
  • Owning the finance system process manual and updating as necessary as updates to processes are made
  • Using JET Reports to build reports that add value
  • Continuous improvement of processes and procedures


  • Minimum 2 years practical experience in a finance role

The following is desired but not essential:

  • Prior experience of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Studying towards accountancy qualification


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and confidently with people at all levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to handle sensitive issues positively and confidentially
  • Ability to work accurately with attention to detail
  • Excellent relationship building and networking skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and confident in decision making
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment and to work in an agile, flexible and pragmatic way
  • Proficient with Excel, Word, Adobe, and Outlook.
  • A good understanding of accounting principles, such as double-entry accounting
  • A strong desire to learn on-the-job and engage in career development. This role presents an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to gain finance competencies.

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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