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News | 9th February 2024

Vacancy: part-time LSRI Accountant

The Laudato Si’ Research Institute (LSRI), based at Campion Hall, University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a part time (0.2 FTE, one day per week) accountant. 

Location: Campion Hall, University of Oxford
Salary: £28,759 - £37,099 Full Time Equivalent 
Working hours: Part time 8 hours/one day per week 
Start date: As soon as possible  
Application deadline: Thursday 29 February 2024, 12 noon 
Interview date: Tuesday 12 March 2024 (applicants must be available for interview on this date)

The post entails operational responsibility for day-to-day accountancy functions of the core LSRI operational budget and for a suite of external grants, each with their own budgetary requirements. It is therefore desirable for the postholder to have broad-based accounting experience in relevant areas, including invoice processing, budgetary oversight and reporting. 
The LSRI, directed by Dr Celia Deane-Drummond, conducts innovative transdisciplinary research at the intersection of theology, ecology and the social and natural sciences in the context of the global climate crisis. By means of this research, the LSRI aims to generate societal transformation through coordinated engagement with key ecclesial and global stakeholders.  
The postholder will report to the Associate Director of the LSRI and will work closely with the Project & Operations Manager.  

  • Main duties and responsibilities

    1. Purchase and sales ledgers

    • Processing and payment of invoices, expenses and non-invoiced payments 
    • Prepare payment runs and upload to online banking 
    • Administer and reconcile credit card statements 
    • Process grants and sales receipts 
    • Allocate payments and receipts to the ledgers 

    2. Banking 

    • Carry out bank reconciliations

    3. Quarterlies 

    • Review and confirm receipt of grant funds through the quarterly report 
    • Prepare any recharges to other Jesuit works

    4. Budgets and financial management 

    • Assist with preparation of annual budgets and forecasts 
    • Provide information as needed to support budget holders with management of their budgets 
    • Maintain the LSRI Fixed Asset Register 
    • Month end journals and reconciliations. eg. payroll, depreciation 
    • Ensure all Balance Sheet Accounts are reconciled 
    • Prepare Financial Statements using reports from QuickBooks 

    Grant financial management 

    • Assist with financial management of external grants 

    It is expected the post-holder may perform other duties as agreed with line-manager 

  • Required and expected skills, qualifications and qualities

    AAT Level 3 or 4 or appropriate equivalent experience (expected)

    Experience of bookkeeping, reconciliations and preparation of annual budgets (expected) 

    Have a good understanding of unrestricted funds and debit and credit in accounting (expected) 

    High level of accuracy and attention to detail (expected) 

    Excellent organisational and time-management skills, able to manage multiple simultaneous tasks and priorities whilst meeting schedules and completing tasks (expected)

    Proactive problem solver and able to work independently (expected)

    Competent using Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and databases. Ability to learn new IT systems quickly (expected)

    Able to communicate effectively and professionally both verbally and in writing (expected)

    Experience of using QuickBooks and/or Lightyear programmes (desirable)

    Experience related to grant management and university administration (desirable)

  • Salary

    Starting salary: £28,759 - £37,099 Full Time Equivalent plus benefits, depending on prior experience. This will be reviewed annually.  

  • How to apply

    1. Application is by letter in which the applicant should explain what qualifications and experience they have for the post as described in this document, including a list of three potential referees with addresses, emails and other contact details. The applicant should also submit a full curriculum vitae showing relevant experience and qualifications.  

    1. Applications should be submitted to Harriet David, LSRI Project & Operations Manager at

    1. Those short-listed for the post will be invited to interview at Campion Hall on Tuesday 12 March 2024. 

    1. The appointment will be made subject to subject to proof of right to work in the UK and at least two references which will include one from the applicant’s present employer. 

  • Other information

    All staff at the LSRI are employed by the Jesuits in Britain under its legal name the Society of Jesus Trust registered charity numbers 230165 / SC040490. Any appointment will be conditional on verification of the successful candidate’s right to work in this country. 

    The LSRI seeks to ensure a supportive, family-friendly and flexible working environment for all staff. The LSRI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to principles of equality and diversity in all staff appointments.

    Pension contributions to TRCP Pension Scheme (Jesuits in Britain) are possible. 

    Free lunch is provided in Hall when on duty.  

    This is a part-time, 8 hours per week (0.2 FTE) post, with paid breaks (working day(s) to be negotiated). Some remote working is possible, subject to negotiation, but the postholder will be required to work at least one day a month (or equivalent) in person.  

    The post-holder will be entitled to 30 days’ paid leave plus 8 days Bank Holidays (pro-rata) in each year. 

    During the initial probationary period, notice will be a fortnight on either side. Subsequent to satisfactory review and confirmation in the post, the notice period will be one month on either side.  

    This post is specific to the LSRI at Campion Hall. University terms and conditions found elsewhere do not apply. Campion Hall is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Conduct against fellow employees and College members which is offensive, or detrimental to them on grounds of age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, nationality, national origin, parental status, race, religion or belief, gender, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.