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Finance Industrial Placement - STFC

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210000UY Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The STFC Finance Directorate seeks to recruit 2 industrial placement students based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire.  

Want to gain an all round experience in Finance? This opportunity will see students rotate around different functional areas within Finance and will also provide the chance to visit other UK based STFC sites! 

In previous years’ students have supported Audits at our UK Liaison office in CERN Geneva, at one of our Joint Venture organisations ILL in Grenoble France and on cross Research Council internal audits (working with the Government Internal Audit Agency - GIAA)! Such opportunities vary from year to year and depend on the interests and capabilities of the students. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

Strategic Planning & Financial Management 

  • Assist with Strategic Planning and reporting 
  • Cost centre and project budget setup 
  • Project maintenance, monitoring of income and expenditure and forecasting 
  • Creation of project reports 
  • Revenue analysis 
  • Research Council, Service Level Agreement (SLA) management and grant administration 
  • European Commission Project time sheets

Financial Accounting 

  • Creation and posting of Project and General Ledger Journals 
  • Creation of Sales Invoices 
  • Processing of travel claims 
  • Account code reconciliation 

Asset Management and Recording 

  • Carry out physical verification of assets, 
  • Review capital project expenditure for non-capital costs, 
  • Reconcile the Oracle Project Accounting module entries on capital projects with Oracle General Ledger entries 
  • Asset Tag and record new Capital Equipment 

Governance & Audit 

  • Support to the Governance team on the internal audit programme 

Administrative support 

  • Archiving 
  • Any other activities suitable for the role and experience. 


Following training the students are encouraged to be self-motivated, following policy, meeting target dates and to work diligently. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • Should be undertaking an Accountancy, Business, Economics (or similar) Degree  
  • Knowledge of MS Word and Excel  
  • Experience of working within a team environment  
  • Experience of working to target dates 
  • Good communications skills  
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills  
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities 
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them  
  • Ability to travel to other STFC sites as required 


  • Work experience in an office or similar environment  
  • Knowledge or experience in using a Finance system (eg Oracle) 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at  

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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