FinanceAuthority to Appoint (ATA) Guidance

The ATA system should be used for all staff appointments including new posts, replacements, extensions and contractual changes relating to grade or full-time equivalent (FTE) whether on a temporary or permanent basis including acting up allowances.

The ATA allows key stakeholders in the recruitment process (Head of Department (HOD), Faculty Office) to track the progress of the authorisation through the various authorisation stages:

  1. Finance
  2. Head of Department/Service
  3. Dean/Faculty Officer/Head of Directorate/Grant holder – then ATA Group / SATAG
  4. HR

The fully authorised ATA is an automatic archive recording the approval of each of the stakeholders from Finance through the Department and Faculty or Professional Service area to HR and is a key tool in financial management and forecasting.

If departments are in any doubt as to whether an ATA is required then the relevant Finance Business Partner/Management Accountant (Professional Services) can advise.

For guidance on how to complete the ATA process, please click on the link below: