Finance Manager

This is a fantastic career opportunity to join the Ri at an exciting time as we expand our charitable and social enterprise activities.

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About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

In our historic Grade I listed Mayfair building, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it acts as base for the Ri team and tenants as well as a busy and vibrant event space for private and corporate events. 

Accountable to: Head of Finance

Accountable for: Finance Officer and Finance Assistant

Location: Albemarle St, London, W1 4BS with opportunity for hybrid working

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £40k to 44k per annum, plus benefits, depending on experience with potential for contribution to study costs.

About the role

This is a key role working in close partnership with the Head of Finance. As the successful applicant, you will be responsible for managing the financial accounting function at the Ri, as well as the processing and maintenance of our sales ledger, bank accounts and payroll. You will support the team’s management accounting function and decision making in line with established finance procedures.

Responsibilities will also include continually reviewing the Ri’s financial processes and systems and looking for innovative ways to ensure they are as efficient and effective as possible.

About You

You will have:

  • A professional accountancy qualification (or be part-qualified and actively working towards full qualification.
  • Significant experience of working in a Finance department with a strong interest in finance and reporting systems,
  • Experience of using databases (financial ledgers or CRM software) to input and extract information
  • Strong knowledge of financial procedures, principles and controls.
  • Experience in working on month end and year end routines, including reconciliations.

Experience of payroll, line management and charity/not for profit would be advantageous.


To apply, please send us your CV and Supporting Statement, of no more than 500 words, to Please also send a copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form below. Please ensure in your statement that you demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role as outlined in the person specification.

Closing date: 9.00am on Wednesday 8 February

We may close the application process early if we receive a strong field of applicants

Interview dates: Interviews are planned for w/c 13 Feb although we may interview sooner

We appreciate the interest recruitment agencies have in supporting the Ri source the right candidate, however, we kindly request interest from direct applications only for this position.