Directorate 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
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Job overview

The Financial Management Department is responsible for delivering an effective financial management service within the Trust, providing strategic advice on business developments, annual planning and budget management.

The Directorate Accountant role provides financial advice and management accounting support to a number of Clinical and Corporate Directorates across the Trust.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual who likes challenges, is self-motivated and wants to use their financial skills to add value and understand how financial resources can be used to support service improvement.

The ideal candidates will be CCAB/CIMA qualified accountants or passed finalists, who are able to demonstrate a proven track record in financial management, academic success and with strong personal qualities, including communication skills, persuasion and team working. In return these posts offer a breadth of experience and an excellent development opportunity.

Main duties of the job


Within the financial policies set out for each Directorate by the Principal Finance Manager
  • To provide financial advice and support to one or more Clinical Directorates in line with the delegation arrangements issued by the Chief Executive and as such will be a full member of the Directorate Team.
  • To be responsible for the preparation of the annual Financial Plan for the Directorates and for monitoring, correcting and formally reporting on the financial performance of the Directorates.
  • To influence the operational policies of the Directorates in order to optimise performance and efficiency.
  • To be responsible for the production of financial information contained within the Directorate's annual Business Plan and the financial information provided in support of the production of cost pressure, service development and activity bids from the Directorate.
  • To facilitate the production of, and feedback from, annual Reference Costs.
  • To ensure that the Directorates' decision making and financial activities comply with Standing Financial Instructions, Standing Orders, Schemes of Delegation and best practice.
  • To provide day to day supervision, leadership and guidance to more junior Directorate finance team colleagues.

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.

  • Within the financial policies set out for each Directorate by the Finance managers in the team to provide confidential, sensitive and specialist financial advice and support to nominated Clinical Directorate(s) in order that it meets the targets set by the Trust Board, particularly, those relating to containing expenditure within budget, maximising income and meeting patient activity targets from available resources. This advice may be communicated verbally or in writing and it may be supported by the production of detailed and accurate financial information without advice from the line manager.
  • To monitor the performance of the Directorates and, as directed by the Senior Finance staff initiate, negotiate, influence and implement, with Directorate Team colleagues, corrective action or developments to ensure that Directorate targets are achieved.
  • To be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating the production and distribution of accurate and timely monthly budget reports for nominated Clinical Directorates, and to produce comprehensive, formal financial reports for submission by the Senior Finance staff to the Trust Executive Group and the Directorate Management Team.
  • Within the multi-disciplinary Team setting, to influence the operational policies within the Directorate in order to optimise performance and efficiency and be proactive in the search for and implementation of efficiency savings, innovations and income generation opportunities. This includes the analysis and evaluation of proposals.
  • To participate in Directorate decision making with regard to Business Planning and Contracting and provide the financial components therein. This will include the preparation of complex, accurate, robust, sustainable Cost Pressure, Service Development and Patient Activity funding bids for submission by the Senior Finance staff. To assess affordability of activity changes to contract levels within Tariff income.
  • To be responsible for the preparation for the Directorates annual Financial Plan which will then be consolidated into the overall Trust Financial Plan for Trust Board approval. The Directorate Plan, which will be framed within its approved Business Plan, will be submitted so as to meet all targets set by the Trust Board and/or Director of Finance
  • To ensure that relevant financial information, particularly with regard to capital expenditure, recurrent and non-recurrent revenue expenditure and savings, is included within every Business Case developed by the Directorates. This information will be submitted to the Senior Finance staff for approval. To give continued support to the Senior Finance staff in monitoring financial consequences of approved bids.
  • To support the annual production of Reference Costs for the patient related services provided by the Directorate(s) as directed by the Trust's Cost Accountant. To provide comprehensive feedback to Directorate colleagues with regard to the setting and monitoring of reference cost targets for the Directorates as set by the Trust Board, and to be involved in the accessing, analysing and interpreting of benchmarking information to correct performance of Reference Costs.
  • To respond to urgent requests for detailed financial information and advice from Senior Finance/Directorate Managers. This requires the assessment and evaluation of workload priorities and where appropriate allocating staff resources accordingly.
  • To provide advice on all other financial responsibilities delegated to the Directorate, for example Trust Funds and Research Grants, within the policies and procedures agreed by the Trust.
  • To play a proactive role in the recruitment of subordinate staff and to train, motivate, develop and supervise those staff effectively, within Finance Directorate policies and procedures, ensuring that all staff have job descriptions, personal development plans and are subject to an agreed appraisal mechanism. This includes the assessment of training needs and ensuring that these needs are met.
  • To provide education and training on complex issues to non-finance managers/staff within the Directorates and to convey financial concepts clearly and persuasively. This includes ensuring that Standing Financial Instructions, Standing Orders and Schemes of Delegation are understood and adhered to
  • 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.

Person specification

Essential criteria
  • CCAB or CIMA Qualified

Desirable criteria
  • Honours degree
  • Relevant Postgraduate qualification
  • European Computer Driving Licence or similar

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of the full range of management accounting duties
  • Working Knowledge of finance and accounting practices, procedures and policies particularly pertinent to the NHS
  • Management of the co-ordination and direction of staff producing timely and accurate information.
  • Experience of financial systems and in particular demonstrably good IT skills including Advanced Excel skills and Budgeting software

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

Essential criteria
  • Technical Knowledge/Competence
  • Communication/ Interpersonal Skills
  • Performance skills
  • IT skills

Further Training
Essential criteria
  • Evidence of current CPD

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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.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download
  • Job description - Directorate Accountnant ( PDF , 128.8 KB )
  • PS ( PDF , 94.1 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 )
  • EUSS Introduction to EUSS Factsheet ( PDF , 279.6 KB )
  • EU settlement scheme - Important Information leaflet (2020) ( PDF , 270.1 KB )

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