Head of Research Finance

Leeds or London, United Kingdom
£60,586 - £75,035
05 Aug 2020
02 Sep 2020
Contract type
Full time

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the British population. As part of the Science, Research and Evidence (SRE) directorate, we fund, enable and deliver the most ambitious research projects, sharing our findings with the NHS, public health and social care teams. With these results being used to develop improved treatments and healthcare services, we utilise the expertise of the best researchers, and we engage closely with patients, carers, public funders, charities and the wider industry to ensure our research is making the optimum impact. Our resulting work is both fast-paced and deeply interesting, providing varied and fascinating career-paths for our valued workforce.  We now have a unique opportunity for a highly motivated finance professional to join us – and it is here that you could make a tangible impact on our future research capacity.

With an annual budget in excess of £1billion to manage, you will play a vital role in the decisions being made regarding our research. As a trusted advisor to both internal colleagues and senior leaders and finance professionals across numerous external organisations, this is a valuable opportunity to influence our partnerships with high-profile stakeholders such as NHS England, NHS Improvement, PHE, devolved administrations, public research funders and research charities. You will provide insightful guidance on NIHR and SRE research-related financial matters to Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer for England and DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser) and Dr Louise Wood (DHSC’s Director of Science, Research and Evidence Directorate), and you will shape the development of innovative research finance policies. Leading a team of seven, you will oversee the attribution of costs between research, NHS support costs and treatment, with your decisions impacting on more than 120 research programmes and 2,000 research contracts.

Central to this role will be your ability to form exceptional relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and external organisations, with the ability to make effective decisions and drive improvements. You will therefore be an inspirational leader, with comprehensive communication and influencing skills, and you will proactively build capability within your team. As a qualified CIMA or CCAB Accountant, you will have at least three years of post-qualification experience. A comprehensive knowledge of research funding systems (preferably medical/health and care research) would be preferred, and you will have a good awareness of cost attribution and Excess Treatment Costs policy and implementation, and Official Development Assistance funding. You will also be a team-player, with an understanding of NHS or Higher Education finance systems.

With your guidance being required on everything from COVID-19 issues through to the NHS Agenda for Change and the impact of NHS/HEI pension changes, every day will present you with new challenges. As such, this is a role that will provide immense career satisfaction, along with a desirable benefits package that includes the scope for flexible working. So take your career to new heights, and play your part in championing better health and wealth for the UK population.

For more information, please contact Deputy Director of Research Systems, Dr Mark Toal (line manager of the role) on mark.toal@dhsc.gov.uk or 07734438910 or the current post holder Trudi Simmons on trudi.simmons@dhsc.gov.uk or 020 7210 3824.

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