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Finance Director – Innovate UK

UK Research and Innovation
Base Location at Swindon or London, hybrid working with travel to both
£87,565 - £99,000 per annum.
Closing date
Apr 28, 2024

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Job Role
Finance Director/Head of Finance
Contract Type
Full Time

Finance Director – Innovate UK

Full time, Open Ended

£87,565 - £99,000 per annum.

Base Location at Swindon or London, hybrid working with travel to both


About Us:

UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Together we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at  

About the role:

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Finance Director to join our dynamic team. You will be responsible for providing high-calibre professional financial management support across Innovate UK and its associated entities. This role is pivotal in ensuring the efficient deployment of funding and other business support services to meet our objectives and drive financial performance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with the Innovate UK CEO, senior leadership team and other key stakeholders to manage finances effectively and advise on complex financial issues
  • Lead the Finance Business Partnering function, ensuring high standards are maintained and developed
  • Act as an ambassador for the Finance Business Partner model, driving up standards across the organisation
  • Provide strategic financial input to drive performance and continuous improvement
  • Ensure delivery of financial outcomes consistent with budget allocations
  • Develop long-term financial plans aligned with organisational objectives
  • Maintain a robust internal control environment in accordance with governing guidelines
  • Lead and manage organisational projects and responsibilities within the finance domain

About you:


  • Qualified Accountant (ACA/CIMA/ACCA/CIPFA)
  • Extensive senior-level experience in financial management
  • Strong leadership, communication, and influencing skills
  • Ability to operate strategically and contribute to corporate plans
  • Experience in change leadership and delivery
  • Commercial acumen and business development expertise
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and challenge while balancing stakeholder demands


  • Experience in public sector accounting and budgeting
  • Knowledge of managing public money requirements

For the full role, responsibilities and requirements, please visit our Careers Portal.


Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI. 

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and suitability for the role against the full specification. The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 April 2024. Interviews are expected to take place early June 2024.

UKRI is an inclusive employer that values diversity in its workforce. We encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

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