Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Head of Financial Management

Location
Liverpool
Salary
£63,751 - £73,664 per annum
Posted
04 Aug 2021
Closes
31 Aug 2021
Ref
159-LWH-246-21
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full time

Liverpool Women's - A great place to work

Liverpool Women’s delivers the highest standards of care for women, babies and their families. Each year we deliver over 8,300 babies, carry out over 10,000 gynaecological procedures, and care for over 1,000 poorly and preterm newborns, making us the specialist provider of health services for women, babies and their families in Europe.

We have some of the leading experts in their field, and, after featuring on One Born Every Minute, Miracle Babies and Special Baby Unit, our teams are famous across the world for their professionalism, skill and compassion.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital clinical services are currently being reviewed by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, following work done by our clinicians in presenting a powerful case for change in the Future Generations Strategy.

A useful information booklet is available about the proposed changes which can be downloaded from the Healthy Liverpool website facebook.com/healthylvpool. This booklet clearly states that ‘there is absolutely no threat to the services themselves – this is about making what we have even better and protecting services for the future’.

Liverpool Women’s has an excellent reputation and is a centre of excellence. It is an exciting environment to work in and a great place to develop your career for many years to come.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications 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.

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for a senior leader in the Finance team. The Head of Financial Management is responsible for all aspects of financial management, performance management, reporting, cost improvement, budget setting and providing full financial support to the clinical divisions. Responsible for the team of Finance Business Partners and management accountants, this is a great opportunity for someone to make a positive difference and support services at Liverpool Women’s.

LWH positively welcomes diversity and aims to be a truly inclusive place to work. We are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds that care about making a difference.

There are a number of exciting projects underway at Liverpool Women’s, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to make their mark and progress their career.

Main duties of the job

The successful postholder will be required to work closely with clinical and operational colleagues, influencing decision making and advising on complex issues through the provision of business and financial advice . He/she will be responsible for staff development and performance and for ensuring that the financial management department continues to deliver high quality services that meet the needs of the organisation.

The postholder will need to be credible, articulate and comfortable working with all levels up to and including members of the executive team. He or she will need to provide expert support and advice, but also provide challenge when appropriate.

Applicants must be CCAB/CIMA qualified and have a degree level education or equivalent experience, along with and significant post-qualification experience, preferably but not essentially gained in an NHS environment. 

You will need to have a significant track record of delivering at a senior level in fast paced environment.

Working for our organisation

Liverpool Women’s delivers the highest standards of care for women, babies and their families. Each year we deliver over 8,300 babies, carry out over 10,000 gynaecological procedures, and care for over 1,000 poorly and preterm newborns, making us the specialist provider of health services for women, babies and their families in Europe.

We have some of the leading experts in their field, and, after featuring on One Born Every Minute, Miracle Babies and Special Baby Unit, our teams are famous across the world for their professionalism, skill and compassion.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital clinical services are currently being reviewed by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, following work done by our clinicians in presenting a powerful case for change in the Future Generations Strategy.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Finance team are Level 2 accredited with Future Focused Finance and are working towards a Level 3 application. The postholder will be required to play an active part in the  development of the wider finance function, embedding skills development in everything that we do, particularly in continuing to develop the three Finance Business Partners.

This is a key role within the senior finance team, with management responsibility over seven WTE staff and a number of functions within finance including Management Accounts, Finance Business Partnering, Income reporting, and internal and external reporting. The postholder will be an expert in all aspects of Financial Management in the NHS and able to provide advice and guidance to senior management and others, as well as effectively running a large department including senior members of staff.

This post is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Trust’s financial management function. He/she will ensure efficient, effective and business focussed financial systems and processes are in place. The post holder will advise on highly complex issues and provide financial and business planning advice to the Trust. This role will be responsible for enhancing relationships between financial management and other Trust departments and will require active engagement with clinical and non-clinical teams in financial performance management, cost improvement development and delivery and in ensuring that the financial planning process is sound.

As a qualified accountant, the post holder as expert knowledge across the full range of finance functions including management accounting, strategy and financial legislation.

The postholder will be responsible for leading the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive and effective financial management service. This will include the leading the annual budget setting process in conjunction with and in support of the Operating Plan and Cost Improvement Plan.

The post holder will manage the Financial Management team; including the specific responsibility for ensuring the development of effective business partnering to the divisions and corporate functions of the trust. This will include ensuring that the team are capable of and undertake to:

  • Support and influence strategic and operational decisions;
  • Interpret, explain and drive financial performance;
  • Advise on planning assumptions, external and internal context, benchmarking and commercial opportunities;
  • Analyse, advise on and mitigate financial risk in the organisation;
  • Challenge behaviour that disregards the Trust’s financial principles, procedures.

The postholder will manage a large team.

Person specification Qualifications & Learning Essential criteria

  • CCAB, CIMA qualified Accountant.
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent.
  • Evidence of recent and ongoing professional development to deliver an expert level of knowledge.

Desirable criteria

  • MBA or other postgraduate qualification

Skills, Knowledge & Aptitudes Essential criteria

  • Extensive knowledge across the full range of management accounts, including strategic financial management, gained through significant post-qualification experience.
  • Developed communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work within and lead cross functional working and project group
  • Excellent listening, communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Professional Accounting Standards, NHS Accounting guidelines and the NHS Finance regime
  • Understanding of PBR, AFC and NHSI Costings
  • Specialist knowledge of the management accounting function
  • Ability to work without supervision, providing specialist advice to the organisation, working to tight and often changing timescales

Experience Essential criteria

  • Significant post-qualification experience and expert understanding of financial management and the financial regime in the NHS.
  • Substantial experience of delivering financial advice and guidance to senior managers and directors.
  • Operational and strategic financial planning, budgeting and service costing.
  • Experience in producing a wide range of financial information, reports and analyses.
  • Senior experience within a large complex organisation, including management of annual budget setting process.
  • Significant experience of leading a NHS finance team
  • Extensive experience in delivering presentations and speaking about complex financial issues to large groups of people, some of whom may be challenging or in disagreement.
  • Experience of managing a large team and of providing professional leadership to staff
  • Experience in writing complex reports for consideration up to Board level

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in an NHS provider organisation.
  • NEP Oracle system.

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust has a responsibility and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm. Every employee of the Trust has a responsibility and is duty bound always to act in the best interest of a child or adult about whom we may have concerns.

Trust policy requires the cost of DBS applications be recovered via salary. The amount of £26.50(standard) or £43.50(enhanced) can be deducted from salary, in manageable monthly instalments for up to 3 months following commencement in post.

The Trust is committed to creating a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff & promotes welfare & development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity; we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community. We operate Zero Tolerance to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment & selection process is accessible to all. Flexible Working applications will be considered.

If you are disabled and have special support needs in applying for a job, attending for an interview or in undertaking any tests as part of a selection process, please contact the Trust’s recruitment team on 0151 7064666 and someone from that team will ensure that the recruiting manager is aware of your particular needs. 

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first paypoint of the relevant band.

LWH has a responsibility & is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children, young people & vulnerable adults & for ensuring that they are protected from harm. Every employee of the Trust has a responsibility & is duty bound always to act in the best interest of a child or adult about whom we may have concerns.

For more information, and to apply, please visit our website via the apply button below. 

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