Contracts and Compliance Administrator

Role description

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis, and early-stage commercialisation. Our mission is to make significant scientific breakthroughs in battery technology research in the global race to electrification in the effort to tackle climate change. We manage large research programmes across more than 20 universities involving 450 researchers and 50 industry partners across the UK. You would be joining a small but vibrant head office team.

The Faraday Institution is looking to appoint a well-organised and versatile individual to the role of Contracts and Compliance Administrator. This is a new role designed to support the growth of Faraday Institution activities and to ensure high professional standards are maintained in the back-office administration. This role will suit someone who is looking for a varied role in a fast-paced environment.

Roles and responsibilities

In order to enable the Faraday Institution to maintain high professional standards in its back office and support functions whilst growing its scale of activities, the Contracts and Compliance Administrator’s role will be to bring a level of order, quality and consistency to administrative functions. Reporting to the CFO, this individual will be part of a small team and will be expected to contribute overall to the objectives of the team as well as the overall Faraday Institution. The role will be varied and will include the following areas:  

  • Administer the systems around grant awards and related documentation.
  • Track actions needed for compliance with terms and conditions around awards made by the Faraday Institution.
  • Manage documentation around contracts and other agreements.
  • Produce the regular reports required of the Faraday Institution to comply with its grant funding.
  • Support administration of governance processes including conflicts registers, Board admin, GDPR and other governance processes.
  • Set up appropriate office policies and procedures and to administer these.
  • Support the finance and admin and other Faraday Institution teams at times of peak work-load.

Our work is changing at pace to adapt to current circumstances and opportunities and as such this role will constantly evolve to encompass new tasks with plenty of potential to increase levels of responsibility in this area.

Key competencies

Essential skills:

  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel and project management tools
  • Highly developed organisational and administrative skills
  • An ability to work independently under own initiative as well as to work collaboratively within a small team
  • Good level of communications and a professional manner when dealing with multiple stakeholders

Highly desirable:

  • Experience in a similar role would be advantageous
  • Quick learner and self-starter
  • A strong desire for quality and order and ability to manage files and data effectively
  • Demonstrable experience of working flexibly, including the ability to adapt to new situations, prioritise workloads and manage deadlines


  • Closing date: 7th May 2021
  • Location: Currently blended working from home and based at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, near Oxford, UK
  • Salary range : £25,000 – £32,000 depending on experience
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Reports to: CFO
  • To apply please send your CV and covering letter highlighting how you meet the selection criteria to Please include current salary and earliest start date.

The Faraday Institution is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and to being an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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