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Divisional Accountant

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Alder Hey Children's Hospital cares for over 330,000 children, young people and their families every year. As one of Europe's biggest and busiest children's hospitals, we treat everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions. We are recognised as a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, spinal and brain disease. We have been designated by the Department of Health as a national centre for craniofacial surgery and epilepsy surgery. Alder Hey is also a designated Paediatric major trauma unit.

As a result of career progression of the existing post holder we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Alder Hey finance team.

The role of the divisional accountant will be supporting the Community & Mental Health division within the trust. The post is advertised at full time but will also consider applicants looking for part-time hours.

Main duties of the job

The Divisional Accountant role is an integral part of the divisional and finance team. The role will be responsible to the Divisional Business Accountant and will provide high quality financial advice to the managers, and clinicians of the Trust ensuring the trust operates within approved I& E budgets whilst promoting a high-quality service for patients. They will also be responsible for advising on complex business issues, including how to improve financial awareness, commercial thinking, and performance improvement.

The post holder will be required to ensure financial decisions are in the best interest of the organisation and in-line with financial strategy. The role involves building strong relationships and working closely with colleagues both in finance and the organisation as a whole.

You will be a proactive and highly motivated, CCAB or CIMA qualified accountant, with post qualification experience, with strong IT skills and competent in the use of Microsoft Office.

Under the guidance of the Business Accountant, the divisional accountant will need:
  • To provide a comprehensive financial management and business advice service to the relevant division to support and facilitate the achievement of their overall service and business objectives within the resource allocated to them ensuring finance objectives are delivered
  • To facilitate improved decision making in the Trust by providing analysis and interpretation of the income and costs of the Trust to service users

About us

This is your chance to play a vital role in transforming the future of children and young people at Alder Hey and contribute to a forward thinking, innovative organisation and join our award-winning team:
  • 2023 Public Finance Awards Finalist - Finance Team of the Year' & 'Digital Project of the Year'.
  • 2022 HFMA Finalist for Health Inequalities through Finance Action
  • 2020 HFMA Value and Innovation
  • 2020 Havelock Training (It recognises best practice in the training and development of finance staff or the raising of financial awareness and skills within the wider non-financial workforce)
  • 2017 HFMA Finance Team of the year

We are proud of and value all members of our team. We have an ethos and strategy of being the Number One Place to work underpinned by our One Team Goal agenda. Our mission statement is delivering Financial and Procurement Intelligence and Excellence for Alder Hey and this is recognised by our Level 2 finance skills development accreditation.

We have a strong commitment to ensuring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are at the forefront of everything we do. We have a Finance Inclusion Group that is made up of finance colleagues that are passionate about EDI and champion the implementation of EDI best practise across the department. Our EDI mission statement is Building a culture where everybody belongs. We are a large diverse team that appreciates one another for the diversity we bring to the team, and we make sure that everyone feels included.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide advice to the departmental Managers, and other staff in the Trust, on the financial and economic implications of management policy and action, suggesting and implementing financial policies and procedures as required in line with the Trusts constitution, standing financial instructions and scheme of delegation.
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial information is provided for the relevant areas
  • Lead on the budget setting process for the relevant areas
  • To work alongside the Business Accountant to review, develop and maintain systems of reporting financial performance ensuring a culture of continuous improvement exists at all levels in the department contributing to increased productivity, quality and usefulness of financial & business advice & information.
  • To regularly monitor, report and advise on the current & forecast financial performance of the relevant Areas, providing challenge and influencing managers when required, to ensure the achievement of financial targets through the development & implementation of agreed action plans.
  • To provide financial support, during the Departments business planning and contracting process. This will involve analysing and interpreting financial data and making judgements on the financial and economic effects of developments - both revenue, capital and advising on any potential efficiencies and risks.

Please see Job Description for further information

Person Specification



  • oCCAB Qualified


  • oEducated to degree level or equivalent



  • oProven NHS financial management experience
  • oExperience within a finance function of a large organisation
  • oAbility to review and interpret financial statements
  • oExperience of working with managers/professionals
  • oEvidence of track record of achievement



  • oSound knowledge of current NHS FT Finance regime
  • oKnowledge of N.H.S. financial / costing systems and guidance
  • oKnowledge of N.H.S Business Case process



  • oAbility to communicate effectively, via a variety of media and forums, with a wide range of people from all levels both from within and outside of the Trust
  • oAbility to report and present financial information to both finance and non-finance individual
  • oWell developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • oAnalytical and reasoning skills supported by attention to detail
  • oProficient in use of current business software (e.g. Microsoft Office) and able to apply this to the development of financial models
  • oInnovative and creative approach
  • oAble to interpret guidance, assess risk, make decisions and influence change.

Personal Attributes


  • oStrategic and innovative thinker
  • oTeam player
  • oDemonstrates commitment to the job
  • oAble to manage conflicting demands and plan appropriate strategy
  • oAble to think laterally
  • oAct with integrity and professionalism at all times

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Innovation Park

360 Edge Lane


L7 9NJ

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