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Senior Management Accountant

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a suitably experienced and motivated Senior Management Accountant to join our successful team within the award winning, Financial Management function at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

The role is a key part of our finance team providing financial support and guidance to the organisation and supporting the financial strategy of the department. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about what they do in order to support delivering the best care for patients.

In return we will offer you a warm and welcoming environment where you will be fully supported.

We operate an agile working policy, whereby, the team are based on site for a proportion of the week and have the option to work at home, for 2 days per week, on a rota basis.

The department work to a flexible working policy, enabling flexible start and finish times and creating the ability to take back time owed.

The trust also supports anyone wishing to study towards a professional qualification, including financial and study leave support.

This role is positioned to enable excellent developmental and career progression opportunities.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

To support the Associate Care Group Accountant in providing financial management advice, information and support to Care Group Management teams.

To provide a comprehensive financial management and business advice service to the Clinical Care Group to facilitate the Care Group to meet their overall service and business objectives within the resources allocated to them and to ensure corporate finance responsibilities are delivered.

To oversee the work of, and provide support to Management Accountants and Assistant Management Accountants within the team.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

To prepare and distribute monthly financial reports.

To monitor Income & Expenditure variances against budget.

To create spreadsheets as required and input data into existing Spreadsheets.

To input into the Oracle Financial Management System (i.e. journals, budgets and data from feeder systems (Payroll/Stock/Debtors/Creditors)

The collation of basic information from a number of sources (internal and external) required to produce the monthly financial reports.

To lead on the initial preparation of annual budgets, and support Associate Care Group Accountant through to final sign off.

Ensure all General Ledger input is correctly coded and reported.

To provide ad hoc costing information as requested by budget managers.

To ensure that departmental standards and agreed deadlines are met.

To ensure that all invoice-able activity is accurately captured and raised on invoices in a timely manner

To attend monthly budget manager meetings and to encourage / raise the awareness of the need for cost efficiencies throughout the division.

To assist the Associate Care Group Accountant in the day-to-day management, supervision and organisation of the team, ensuring departmental standards and agreed deadlines are met.

To contribute to the continuous review and improvement of financial procedures to drive efficiency and quality.

To perform any other duties as may be delegated from time to time.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs / O Levels (A* - C) including Maths and English. CCAB part qualified or equivalent NHS Financial Management Experience


  • Experience of working within a NHS finance Function. Evidence of continuing personal and professional development. CCAB part qualified with clear plan to gaining qualification within 3 years



  • Minimum 3 years experience within the finance function Experience of using computerised finance systems, General Ledger & report writing software.
  • Experience of Microsoft Office software applications


  • Experience of working within NHS finance
  • Knowledge and experience of recruitment, appraisal, delegation, training, staff discipline and relevant HR policies and procedures
  • Experience of using Oracle

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge and understanding of current NHS funding regime. Strong IT skills with experience of Microsoft Office particularly Excel and Word, General Ledger and report writing software. Proven interpersonal and communication skills. Able to interpret complex and complicated financial issues, understand causes, compare options, summarise and provide recommendations and possible solutions/corrective action.
  • The ability to convey complex financial information to financial and non-financial staff orally, in writing or electronically in a professional manner.
  • Able to make judgements involving complex situations which require detailed analyses.
  • Ability to communicate and negotiate with staff at all levels within and outside of the Trust.
  • Able to provide training, advice and review the work of more junior team members.
  • Has an understanding of NHS finance structure including funding flows, reference costs & the requirements of Trust annual accounts. Has an understanding of the financial requirements of a business case for a capital or service development.


  • Knowledge and understanding of current NHS financial developments and initiatives, such as Service Line Reporting and Patient Level Costing. Knowledge / experience of recruitment, appraisal, delegation, training, staff discipline and relevant HR policies and procedures.

Special Requirements


  • Good team player with ability to work collaboratively to achieve shared objectives.
  • Ability to work under pressure, achieving tight and often conflicting deadlines.
  • Ability to manage own workload and that of staff responsible for, including the ability to liaise with other staff, both finance and non-finance, to ensure timely financial input into Trust processes and the ability to prioritise tasks.
  • Ability to motivate and direct staff to ensure the delivery of work and development of the finance function.
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimum amount of supervision. Positive attitude.
  • Flexible and responsive.
  • Ability to continuously reassess and strive to improve working practices to improve efficiency and performance in self & others.
  • Able to travel throughout the Trust Area.

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