Job Title: Graduate intern/ student placement, BUFDG
Job Grade: AD3
Reports to: BUFDG Information and web manager
Responsible to:BUFDG Executive Director
Responsible for: N/A
The British Universities Finance Directors' Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for Finance Directors
and finance office staff in the higher education sector in the United Kingdom.
Our members are the Directors of Finance of all UK higher education institutions. All finance staff at these
institutions have their own BUFDG account, which gives them access to a wide network of resources via
the website; information resources on training, financial news and all the latest reports and developments in
higher education finance.
BUFDG has the following objectives:
to be the pre-eminent source for information, advice and comment on matters of financial strategy
and management in higher education in the UK.
to be the recognised channel for the provision, analysis and dissemination of information and
comment to external agencies and all members concerning best practice in financial management
and related topics in higher education.
to promote high standards and best practice in accounting, tax, audit and financial management in
to provide appropriate opportunities for training and development of finance directors and their staff.
to work in partnership with related organisations to provide forums for discussion, consultation and
exchange, both nationally and regionally.
2. Organisational Structure
Executive committee comprised of Exec
Finance Directors from regions and
four Finance Directors who serve as Committee
Executive Director leads and
manasges the organisation , working Specialist
closely with the SA who deputises Executive adviser
for ED. ED appraises SA. SA may call Director (1.0)
on the resources of other staff, (0.8)
keeping the ED informed.
Information and web manager has
responsibility for ensuring that the Information Events
EA and EC are instructed on the use Executive
of the web and that as a team, they and web coordinator
cover all updating and web-based manager (1.0) (0.8)
information tasks. The Info and Web
Manager has day-to-day supervisory
responsibility for the intern
Intern will learn all aspects of
the other roles
3. Job purpose
a. To work closely with the information and web manager for a period of 12 months to specify a
new website and work with developers to bring a new site to fruition.
b. To be part of the team that writes the BUFDG Weekly Digest, a weekly online newsletter of HE-
and finance-related news, currently distributed to over 2,500 sector professionals.
c. To assist in projects for the benefit of BUFDG members.
4. Main duties
a. Provide research support:
i. Word processing
ii. Data analysis
iii. Report writing
b. To analyse the current usage patterns of the BUFDG website and identify trends and gaps
c. Produce a report showing where the current information is deficient, how it could be
improved and what benefit improved MI would be.
d. Read and digest information relating to HE admin and finance and write articles for the
BUFDG Weekly digest
e. Assist with the collection of data and analysis of surveys as required.
f. Attend BUFDG events as required.
By the end of this placement, the intern will have a thorough understanding of Higher Education
Finance in the UK; have an appreciation of how large organisations are managed and financed;
be able to write professional copy for internal communications; be fully aware of the challenges
and potential risks/rewards of a new website development.
5. Person specification
Essential Desirable Stage to be
Experience and Loughborough graduate or Knowledge of financial Application and
training undergraduate with interest terminology interview
in finance and management
Skills and abilities Competent in MS
applications: Application form
Literate and numerate. Must Candidates will
be able to spell and write be asked to
grammatically correct plain supply
English examples of
work they have
Good analytical skills recently
Excellent personal part of their
organisational skills studies
Flexible approach with ability
to handle varied workload Application form
and meet deadlines and interview
Tact and diplomacy
Positive attitude and self-
Qualifications Degree from or studying at Recent degree from Application form
Loughborough Loughborough University OR
Successful completion of Part
B studies at Loughborough
University ideally in
Other Commitment to observing
the University’s Equal
Opportunities Policy at all
Flexibility: There may be an
occasional need to work
outside normal office hours if
travelling to and from