Programme Finance Officer

£29,065 - £33,466 | 35 hours per week | Permanent | London WC1H

An opportunity has arisen at the ACU for a Programme Finance Officer to support our work within the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) Secretariat. This is a varied and exciting role as you will be responsible for all aspects of our scholars’ finance and travel administration, acting as the first point of contact for individual issues.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), a registered UK charity, is the world’s oldest university network, promoting best practice and supporting Universities in the Commonwealth and beyond. A large part of our work involves administration for prestigious scholarships on behalf our sponsors including the UK government.

We are committed to helping our sponsors meet the objectives of their investment and to providing an excellent service to the award holders, our scholars.

While capacity exists to refer to more expert or senior-level advice in more complex cases, you will play a critical role in representing us to our scholars. Our open approach encourages input and ideas at all times, and you will also have contact with external stakeholders including the British Council and UK universities.

Educated to degree level, with a detail orientated, customer-centric approach, you will have a clear understanding of rules and regulations and a determination that these should be applied fairly and consistently.

To join us a Programme Finance Officer you will need:

• Previous experience undertaking finance administration, including the updating and maintenance of spreadsheets and databases

• High level of proven competence in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and word processing, evidence of database skills, aptitude for learning and using a variety of software packages.

• Ability to communicate at all levels, with strong oral and written communication skills, in particular with students from all over the world, their sponsors and host institutions

• Good inter-personal skills, including a confident, firm and friendly approach in discussions with individuals at various levels of seniority and from diverse backgrounds.

• Commitment to team work, whilst working independently and showing initiative and exercising sound judgement.

• A flexible, team-based approach while working independently and managing competing deadlines

• A genuine interest in the wider issues which underpin our work – most notably international development, international relations and/or the Commonwealth

Benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan and excellent support for learning and development.

As Programme Finance Officer you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ACU.

At the ACU, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

How to apply

Closing date: 21 January 2019
Interview date: 30 January 2019

Job Profile

Application form

Applicants should submit their application form, along with a current CV and a detailed covering letter (maximum two pages). The covering letter must state what you can bring to the post and how you meet all the criteria of the role. Please also provide details of your current salary.

Applicants should also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form

Please send the application form, covering letter, CV and completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form by email to by 12pm (GMT) on Monday 21 January. Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Programme Finance Officer. Applicants may address the covering letter to the Head of HR.

Please note, if we do not receive a completed application form, we will be unable to consider your application.