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 1. Background 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 higher education. 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 elected officers 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 assistant (0.3) 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 Intern (1.0) 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. Outcomes 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 assessed 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 Word Excel Powerpoint Outlook 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 completed as 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- motivated 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 finance/economics/managem ent discipline Other Commitment to observing the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy at all times Flexibility: There may be an occasional need to work outside normal office hours if travelling to and from BUFDG events.
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