Mike Cutler

Michael Cutler

Michael Cutler      
Finance Manager
Email: mcutler@cardiffmet.ac.uk
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My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

I support the financial and management accounting requirements of the Food Industry Centre through direct assistance to the University Deputy Director of Finance and the FIC Director of European & Domestic Funding. 

I monitor and analyse payroll expenditure, liaising with the Payroll department to correct anomalies and code new staff.

I provide financial analysis, forecasting and budgeting expertise to the FIC Director of Domestic & European Funding and the FIC Director. I prepare the annual forecast budget, reconcile centre accounts to university accounts, monitor centre debt levels, liaise with central finance regarding coding and variances, produce templates for financial reporting and review financial reports for accuracy and relevance. 

I act as 'Claim Maintainer' on the WEFO portal for the KTIP Helix project, working with other Finance team members on quarterly claims for project expenditure. 

I liaise between auditors and central finance, collating required evidence and providing advice on audit query resolution. 

I line manage the Senior Finance Officer in the Centre and deputise for the FIC Director of Domestic & European funding, where appropriate.

Previous Experience

Section Administrator 2013 – 2014 at Imperial College London

Supporting academic sections, financial management, intermediary between other Section Administrators, the Joint Research Office, HR and section Heads. 

Coordinate grant applications and manage awarded grants with the Joint Research Office.

Coordination of recruitment process, liaising between PI's, interview panels, funders and HR.


Research Finance Administrator 2011 – 2013 at University College London

Financial management of research grants awarded to four university departments. 

Quarterly review of research grants through financial software; invoicing, quarterly/annual statements, budgeting, Credit Control liaison, accounting journals, income/expenditure reconciliations. 

Preparation of final invoices, end-of-grant spend reports and financial reconciliations to sponsors. 


Business Assistant 2010 – 2011 at Local Government Boundary Commission for England 

Departmental Records Officer - Liaison with National Archives, responsibility for archived documents, management of electronic folder structures, archives backlog project leader. 

Finance - Track invoice workflow (purchase orders to payment), maintain LGBCE asset register, annual budget analysis, liaise with external management accountant.

Parliamentary order laying - Assist Communications Manager in laying orders and mapping before Parliament. 


Tax Assistant 2008 – 2009 at KPMG UK LLP 

Preparing corporate tax computations, returns and tax for accounts and conducting public sector audits.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

BA (Hons) – History