NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

Head of Financial Accounts

Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester
£54,764 - £63,862 pa
22 Jun 2022
05 Jul 2022
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Contract type
Full time

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

We are a flexible employer, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any potential for flexible working with your manager. NICE can offer the opportunity to work from home on a regular basis if you wish

We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London.  Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices for business purposes

NICE is committed to the equality, diversity, and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Please make sure that you read the person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria. 

Job overview


Our finance team is looking for a highly motivated person with excellent technical finance skills to manage and develop our financial accounting and payroll function.

Here at The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) we are passionate about the work we do and proud of the impact we make. We strive for excellence and have a culture committed to producing high quality work, which we take collective responsibility for. Not only that, we also put your individual health and wellbeing at the forefront, offering you a great place to work, good benefits, and flexible arrangements, all within a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment.



Main duties of the job


The Head of Financial Accounts will be a qualified accountant (CCAB or CIMA), having overall responsibility for managing and developing NICE’s financial accounting function, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. This will include leading a team of finance and payroll professionals, as well as training and developing others studying for professional qualifications and apprenticeships.

You will be an expert in all matters relating to accounting standards and key financial controls, and will lead the production of the Annual Accounts, including being the key point of contact for audit.

You will create and lead on systems and processes to ensure the Standing Financial Instructions are adhered to and records are correctly maintained, including managing our contracts for financial services, payroll and expense systems.


Working for our organisation


The Finance team sits within the Finance, Strategy and Transformation directorate. You will be joining a team of 17 people who perform a range of financial accounting, payroll and financial management services for an organisation with approximately £80m budget and 800 employees.

We can offer you a great place to work with good benefits, flexible working, and a supportive, friendly, and inclusive environment.


  • We offer a range of benefits including the NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
  • We provide a thorough induction programme
  • Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
  • We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
  • We value equality and diversity and welcome applicants from all sections of the community
  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

If you feel this is the type of environment, you will enjoy working in then please feel free to contact us for more information or apply now.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To be considered for this role, you should be able to particularly demonstrate the person specification criteria in the job advert in your application. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate all essential criteria through the entirety of the recruitment process to be considered for the job.

Please see job description attached for full list of responsibilities.

Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria

  • Postgraduate diploma, CIPD, CCAB financial qualification (eg ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA) or equivalent qualification

Experience Essential criteria

  • Recent experience of leading the production of Annual Accounts

Experience Essential criteria

  • Demonstrates effective communication with a range of audiences at all levels

Experience Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working with a range of individuals or organisations in a NHS / public sector setting

Knowledge Essential criteria

  • Up to date knowledge of accounting standards

Skills Essential criteria

  • Leadership skills and ability to manage staff and co-ordinate staff workloads

Skills Essential criteria

  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex information and present it clearly and precisely, both verbally and in writing

Important - Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their application. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in the supporting information section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage.  CV’s will not be considered.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Please contact if you wish to discuss any additional needs or reasonable adjustments which may support you at interview.

For further detail / informal visits please contact:

Name: Martin Davison Job title: Associate Director – Finance Email address:

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