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Research and Innovation Accountant

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the Clinical Research and Innovation Finance Team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is seeking to obtain a broad range of financial skills within the Clinical Research and Innovation arena.

The role will include:
  • Providing support to the Senior Finance Manager, Clinical Research & Innovation (CR& I) in the implementation of financial policies and processes enabling the development of high quality and financially sustainable CR& I within the Trust.
  • Assisting in the provision of effective financial management support to Clinical Research Networks and/or National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) research programmes and infrastructure, that are hosted by the Trust across regional or national networks.
  • Assisting in the preparation of financial information required for the costing and conduct of clinical research studies and innovation grants.
  • Working under your own initiative with minimal supervision in carrying out the main duties and responsibilities.
  • As a senior member of the Finance Department, to actively contribute to improvements in the quality and relevance of Trust wide financial information.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for candidates who are either a qualified accountant, holding a recognised CCAB /CIMA qualification, or who hold another accountancy qualification such as AAT and have extensive and demonstrable experience of CR& I Finance.

Candidates will have a commitment to their own development and for those whom they manage in the team and have good communication and strong influencing skills.

The main duties of the job are to:
  • Assist in the provision of financial advice to managers of research programmes and infrastructure and /or Clinical Research Networks hosted by the Trust across a regional or national network, to ensure the need for financial governance, transparency and accountability are met.
  • Assist in the provision of financial costing and advice to Researchers wishing to undertake clinical research studies.
  • Assist in the financial management of research studies including recharges, appropriate allocations, and income recovery.
  • Monitor the performance of research studies.
  • Assist in the provision of appropriate information for NHS Annual Accounts and research study returns to grant sponsors in line with financial timescales and legal requirements.
  • Line management of designated staff within the CR& I team.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all 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 commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria.

Person Specification



  • Sufficient relevant senior management experience in Research Finance and general Financial Management.
  • Knowledge of finance and accounting practices, procedures, and policies particularly pertinent to the NHS including legislation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and demonstrable experience in the practical application of governance frameworks in relation to Research Finance functions.
  • Experience of manipulating and interrogating ledger systems.
  • Demonstrably good IT skills including advanced spreadsheet skills.
  • Extensive and demonstrable leadership and staff management experience including recruitment, managing attendance, appraisal, and first line management for grievance, disciplinary, and acceptable behaviour cases.
  • Demonstrable track record of financial management development.


  • NHS Finance experience
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Integra ledger systems
  • Access Database skills.



  • CCAB or CIMA qualified OR Other accountancy qualification such as AAT, plus extensive and demonstrable experience of Research Finance. This includes high-level knowledge of and experience in Research Financial Management, working with payable values in excess of �20m pa. PLUS Knowledge and expertise of Financial Governance and the Financial Governance arrangements in place: Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions, and Schemes of Delegation. AND Knowledge of procurement processes from a financial perspective in relation to the control and operation of research non-pay expenditure.


  • Honours degree

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Understanding and interpretation skills necessary to perform technical expert adviser role.
  • Strong verbal reasoning and oral & written communication skills.
  • High degree of numeracy
  • Skills to undertake highly complex and involved analysis producing results that may have material consequences for NHS Organisations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines through effective planning & organisational skills.
  • Self-motivation & ability to work under own initiative
  • Flexible and adaptable - able to manage competing and changing workloads.
  • Good communication skills


  • Negotiation and persuasion skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Research Funding within University and NHS environments

Further Training


  • Evidence of CPD/relevant experience

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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