Assistant Capital Accountant

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
17 Sep 2021
21 Sep 2021
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
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Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for two enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join the Capital Finance team as Assistant Capital Accountants at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The individuals will contribute to the provision of financial advice and planning support across the Trust's £40m+ pa capital programme, whilst delivering management accounting support to the Directorates of Estates & Informatics.

The successful candidates will be appropriately qualified and committed individuals, with sufficient recent and relevant financial experience. Spreadsheet skills and experience of electronic financial ledgers, budgeting and reporting systems are fundamental to the role. The ability to balance and prioritise competing work deadlines will be critical.

The posts require good technical competence combined with the ability to communicate effectively. In return, the posts offers a breadth of financial accounting and financial management experience and will be a perfect fit for a self-motivated individual seeking a challenge and who wants to make a difference in the NHS.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the Capital Accountant in preparing and reconciling financial management information on the Trust's capital programme to allow timely and accurate monitoring of expenditure, income and cash flow. To develop and lead the process of ensuring the correct split of expenditure between capital and revenue is applied.
  • To prepare information regarding capital purchases and disposals and support the processes underpinning the operation and maintenance of the Trust's Asset Register. To support the annual asset verification reviews of the Trust Asset Register, in conjunction with other directorate to ensure its accuracy.
  • To produce and reconcile information from the Asset Register to assist in the production of financial returns and accounting statements.

Working for our organisation

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

Capital Programme Development and Delivery:
  • Provide regular and ad-hoc financial analyses of Capital Programme scheme expenditure incurred by the Trust to support the preparation and monitoring of the Capital Programme.
  • Undertake ad-hoc project work/investigation work into specific Capital schemes, as requested by the Capital Accountant and/or Senior Assistant Capital Accountant.
  • Assist the Senior Assistant Capital Accountant in ensuring all capital income recovery is made in a timely manner, ensuring expenditure on donated schemes is appropriately analysed and recorded.

Capital Business Case Development and Investment Value for Money Appraisal:
  • Contribute to the development of selected business cases as delegated by the Capital Accountant or Deputy Capital Accountant. In particular, provide financial analysis and appraisal of options available.
  • As delegated by the Capital Accountant or Deputy Capital Accountant, and working with relevant Service Managers and Procurement leads, undertake pricing schedule preparation and baseline affordability work for approved tender exercises on proposed capital investments.

Capital Charges Management:
  • Support the Senior Assistant Capital Accountant in the production of the annual Capital Charge estimates by collecting and collating the detailed information necessary for required schemes.

Capital Accounting, Reporting and Financial Systems:
  • Develop and maintain a detailed knowledge of the guidance in (and referred to within) the Department of Health and Social Care Group Accounting Manual to ensure that the correct split of expenditure between capital and revenue is applied to Trust expenditure. Apply the guidance by undertaking a monthly review of potential areas for misclassification, identifying any items for correction to the Senior Assistant Capital Accountant.
  • Support the senior Capital Finance team in providing detailed financial working papers/the information necessary for production of the Annual Financial Statements, as required by the DHSC Group Accounting Manual.
  • Proactively support the annual process of asset verification across the Trust, in conjunction with the Senior Assistant Capital Accountant, ensuring the results of the Asset Verification exercise are accurately incorporated into the Asset Register update.

Financial Management Duties:
  • Responsible for the production of timely and accurate high quality Cost Centre Finance Reports and supporting documentation for Budget Managers and Budget Holders.
  • Take a proactive role in liaising with Budget Managers and finance colleagues including the Senior Finance staff in the team, to ensure that information contained in budget reports and supporting schedules e.g. variance analysis, staff in post lists, income and expenditure analysis, is both complete and accurate. Providing interpretation and more detailed analysis as required.
  • Work to the strict Finance Reporting timetable for monthly and annual financial reports to ensure all budget, income and expenditure is recognised in the applicable reporting month or Financial year.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • To be responsible for keeping the skills and knowledge required for the post up to date, which will ensure that all advice given and decisions made are based on the best and most recent information available.
  • To maintain close contact with other finance colleagues within the Trust to ensure an efficient and effective delivery of service, consistent with departmental wide working policies and practices.
  • Provide information for requests under the Freedom of Information Act, following appropriate procedures

Person specification

Essential criteria
  • 5 GCSE including Maths and English at Grade C or above and 2 A Levels and AAT qualified or equivalent demonstrable qualification

Desirable criteria
  • Honours Degree
  • European Computer Driving Licence or similar

Essential criteria
  • Sufficient recent and relevant experience, including Capital Accounting experience
  • Demonstrably good IT skills including Excel Advanced level as regular user.

Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in NHS Finance in an Acute Hospital
  • Access Database skills
  • Experience of Integrated ledger systems

Essential criteria
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional credibility with Service Managers and other Directorate colleagues
  • Ability to meet deadlines through effective organisational and planning skills
  • High degree of numeracy
  • Self motivation
  • Good written and verbal reasoning communication skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative.
  • Meticulous.
  • Conscientious
  • Positive Team Player
  • Flexible and adaptable - able to manage competing and changing workloads.
  • Concentration skills to undertake complex and involved analysis
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate with external bodies.
  • Confidentiality

Desirable criteria
  • Negotiation and persuasion skills

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application form, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.

The Trust is committed to its obligations in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Should you require any assistance in applying for the position please contact the General or Medical Human Resources Departments on the number identified on the NHS Jobs page for the organisation.

Job Share applicants are welcome for all full time posts unless indicated but cannot be guaranteed. In addition for Fixed Term Contracts, internal secondments may be considered, please seek the approval of your current line manager before applying for the position.

All employment with the Trust is subject to a number of NHS Employment Checks being met to a satisfactory standard including verification of identity, eligibility to work in the United Kingdom, references and qualifications in addition to professional registration, a disclosure and barring records check and occupational health check if these are deemed to be a requirement for the position to be undertaken.

Documents to download
  • Assistant Capital Accountant ( PDF , 240.2 KB )
  • Candidate Application Best Practice Guide - please read before completing your application ( PDF , 236.3 KB )
  • Information for Applicants on the Trust & Selection Process ( PDF , 763.8 KB )
  • Getting to Work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals ( PDF , 501.0 KB )
  • Candidates with Disabilities Useful Contacts ( PDF , 113.1 KB )
  • Applicants - How We Use Your Information ( PDF , 181.0 KB )
  • Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders ( PDF , 124.0 KB )
  • EU settlement scheme - Important Information leaflet (2020) ( PDF , 270.1 KB )

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