Head of Financial Management - Planning

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen to join the Finance team at one of the largest Acute Trusts in the country as Head of Financial Planning. We are seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join a busy team, with specific responsibility for providing financial planning expertise to aid the organisation in Operational and Strategic planning, alongside major business case development.

Main duties of the job

This role will provide the opportunity for the successful applicant to work in a large Acute Trust's Finance & Commissioning function, bringing varied and rewarding challenges daily. With an annual turnover of over �1 billion across seven Clinical Management Groups (CMGs), this post offers a rare opportunity to see the 2023/24 planning round through from beginning to end from a Trust wide perspective.

The post holder will be one of the organisation's financial planning experts. They will interpret national guidance and templates, support the development of internal financial planning timetables and work with colleagues in other directorates to develop clear links between financial planning, workforce planning and overarching strategic plans.

The post holder will be vital in delivering the Trust's Medium Term Financial Model (MTFM) within and outside the organisation. They will conduct scenario based financial modelling and ensure consistency and clarity on the annual budget setting processes. The post holder will need to be adaptable and be able to work closely with colleagues in all organisations and at all levels.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here todo. They are:

We focus on what matters most

We treat others how we would like to be treated

We are passionate and creative in our work

We do what we say we are going to do

We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: (leicestershospitals.nhs.uk)

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more details of main duties for the development role please see attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA or Certified) and current registration with professional body
  • Knowledge, experience and expertise in finance management and staff management
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development



  • Proven post qualifying experience in financial management within a large organisation
  • Conversant with information management and technology, including Microsoft Office and financial systems
  • Managerial experience
  • Capability to maintain financial control whilst supporting a devolved style of management
  • Solid achievement in current role


  • Experience of financial management within a large Acute Teaching Trust

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Ability to analyse highly complex data sets of financial and non-financial information and present and communicate findings to senior management
  • Strong analytical and critical reasoning skills/ Commercial Awareness



  • Proven ability to operate/think laterally & work on own initiative in an environment where the post holder is the first point of contact for finance matters
  • Advanced Keyboard Skills; including Microsoft, GL applications.
  • Able to adapt working practices and approaches as a result of internally or externally driven change


  • Proven ability to manage large amounts of data through various spread sheet models

Communication and relationship skills


  • Ability to influence, command respect and to establish credibility at a senior level
  • Able to engage and influence others
  • Articulate with practised and developed interpersonal communication and presentational skills
  • Tactful, diplomatic and acts with integrity at all times

Planning and organisation skills


  • Able to prioritise and work within imposed deadlines

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Specialist theoretical knowledge of NHS accounting
  • Has the ambition to succeed
  • Is resilient and confident


  • Have a flexible approach to working and be available to work outside normal hours as and when required

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