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Finance Sandwich Student Swindon Office

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Welcome To STFC

Executive Chair Mark Thomson talks about the exciting research being done at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. Through research fellowships and grants, it is responsible for funding research in UK unive

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. 

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 reconciliations.

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 you are excepted to be self-motivated, following policy, meeting deadlines and to work diligently through the workload assigned to them.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: IRC250899

In order to be eligible for STFC’s Industrial Placement scheme, you need to;

  • Currently be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and are required to; or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. You will need to complete a copy of the STFC Industrial Placement Application form and upload it to your application along with a copy of your CV. Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded.

Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th– 28th of November 2019

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 27th, 2019
  • £19,404 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Swindon
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Analytics
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science

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