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Senior Finance Business Partner

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Finance Business Partner

37.5 hours per week

Salary - �58,972 - �68,525

Closing Date - 10th March 2024

Interview Date - 28th March 2024

A Senior Finance Business Partner is sought to join the Financial Management team to provide financial leadership and advice to our Clinical Directorates and/or Corporate functions.

This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.

All correspondence for this vacancy will be sent by email please check your account regularly including your Junk and SPAM areas.

A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.


Main duties of the job

The Senior Finance Business Partner will work alongside the Finance Leadership Team, Operational teams and Triumvirates in providing overall financial leadership and direction to the directorates, comprising a range of clinical specialties and corporate areas.

The SFBP will influence strategic decision making within the Trust through the provision of highly complex business and financial advice and support to the Executive Directors, Senior Operational Managers, Clinicians and Budget Managers across the Directorates.

The nature of the work will require close working with other business partnering colleagues of all support functions and significant interaction with non-finance colleagues, within and external to the Trust. It will involve supporting and reporting to levels including Executive and Non-Executive Directors.

The post will be a key part of the senior finance team, supporting the Head of Financial Management, the Director of Operational Finance and the CFO in providing financial leadership to operational senior management teams as well as the Finance Department and other support functions.

We are looking to recruit a driven individual who is committed to working as an integral part of the senior finance team to drive forward service excellence.

About us

Here at George Eliot our vision to 'excel at patient care' takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:

Effective Open Communication

excellence and safety in everything we do

Challenge but support

Expect respect and dignity

Local health that inspires confidence

Benefits: On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Lead the production of the Directorate/Division monthly management accounts using the general ledger system within the timescales determined by the Trust.
  • Ensure that reports are of the highest quality by defining the quality assurance process and ensuring that key validations and reconciliations are completed.
  • Ensure that financial records represent a true and fair view and meet financial timescales and requirements of the
  • Trust's corporate reporting system, external statutory returns and accounts, accounting policies and legislation.
  • Ensure that there is a rigorous process of the production of the final monthly positions and year-end forecasts to ensure that all financial forecasts are operationally owned and understood.
  • The Senior Business Partner has responsibility for the agreement of the financial position and must ensure any risks are highlighted to the Deputy Director of Finance and their Directorate/Division Management team.
  • Manage the Directorate/Divisions financial performance against agreed financial targets, using the most appropriate means available. Produce action plans to manage financial Performance/risks and ensure that these are followed through.
  • Undertake comprehensive analytical review of monthly, quarterly, annual historical and forecast reporting to ensure the accuracy of information and highlight any key issues.
  • Produce an executive reporting pack for Directorate/Division meetings and Trust Committees to ensure that the key financial issues are clearly and professionally presented with any risks & mitigations clearly explained.
  • Work with the Income, Contracts and Information teams to develop activity and income information to support the delivery of activity and income targets.
  • The Senior Business Partner will monitor the service provided by the division to other Trusts in accordance with the
  • Service Level Agreements, and with the Contracts team, discuss and renegotiate these SLAs as necessary.
  • Support the production of the statutory annual accounts including the provision of information and co-ordination of stock-takes across Directorates/Divisions.
  • Develop internal trading mechanisms as required, which will support service line management arrangements.
  • Ensure that all operational reporting policies and procedures are followed.
  • Planning and co-ordinating work activities across the relevant clinical and non-clinical areas to provide financial advice to managers and to ensure the availability of relevant information to provide accurate forecasts of potential future activities.

  • To lead the Planning process within the Directorates/Divisions, including the integration of activity, workforce, income and expenditure, cost improvement or savings plans, the production of capital plans and utilisation of Charitable Funds.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Directorate/Division management teams during the annual financial planning process including identifying and quantifying of Service Developments, Cost Pressures, Cost Improvement Programmes, and Capital Bids to support the annual objectives.
  • Identify risks to the financial stability of the Directorate/Division and agree mitigation measures with the relevant clinical or non-clinical managers, ensuring that plans are regularly maintained to ensure financial viability is retained.
  • Take responsibility for budget setting for the Directorate/Division, ensuring the involvement of Executive Directors, Clinical Directors, Group Managers and other key Specialty managers.
  • To support the management team and Executive Directors in the identification, delivery and recording of cost improvement plans (CIP).
  • Support the Deputy Director of Finance in driving forward the continued development of the finance function and organisational financial awareness in response to national policy drivers eg PbR, reference costing, interpreting financial and other legislation/policies for the Trust.
  • Take responsibility for the financial assessment/viability of proposed Healthcare Provider Tenders and any Qualified Provider bids. Interpret and advise management teams and Executive Directors of the financial implications arising from such processes.

  • The post will provide expert advice and interpret any change in local or national policy to the Group.
  • The post holder will ensure that the Trusts standing financial instructions and codes of procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • The Senior Business Partner will provide Financial, Informatics and Performance advice that support the agreed strategic direction of the Directorate/Division, ensuring that resources are effectively utilised to enable the objectives to be met within available resources.
  • The post holder, will ensure that each service group or specialty has fully integrated Service Line Reporting/Patient
  • Level Costing reports as part of its financial suite of reports and that this is understood and utilised within the Directorate/Division as a key performance management and performance tool.

  • Provide support and advice to the Directorate/Division during the production of business cases. This will include the application of recognised investment appraisal techniques to improve decision making. The Senior Business Partner should advise on financial risks and be able to articulate both long and short term consequences to enable decision making.
  • The Senior Business Partner should ensure that the Deputy Director of Finance is aware of financial consequences of business cases being approved or in the planning pipeline.
  • Work with the Directorate/Division to ensure that benchmarking data provided from the Transformation Team/PMO is understood at an operational level, and utilise this information together with value for money audits, to ensure best practice and optimal utilisation of resources.
  • Work with the Procurement team to negotiate external contracts with suppliers, including provision of financial advice on the outcome of tender evaluations.
  • The post will provide strategic direction for maximising income levels and ensuring that funding sources from all appropriate external agencies is recovered.
  • Work with operational managers to ensure that Service Level Agreements are in place for all services and that consistent costing methodology and documentation is used across all contracts.
  • Work with the Contracts and Informatics teams to minimise income loss through poor data capture, incorrect coding or pricing and contractual penalties through effective reporting.

  • Take responsibility to ensure that Clinicians within the Directorate/Division are fully involved in all aspects of financial management.
  • Take responsibility to ensure that all staff are fully engaged in the process of change management, and in particular, that Clinicians are fully involved at the forefront of service improvement projects.
  • Take responsibility to ensure that mechanisms are in place to discuss business development initiatives with Clinicians and to monitor the effectiveness of actions taken as a result of such discussions.
  • Take responsibility to ensure that information is made available to Clinicians to enable them to play an active part in the development of the Group services.
  • Build a strong relationship and maintain a visible presence within the Directorate/Division management team and with relevant clinicians.

  • The post will manage and provide leadership and direction to the members of their finance team, providing strategic, financial and individual objectives to each member of staff.
  • Line manage staff within their respective financial management teams, taking responsibility for recruitment and selection decisions, appraisal, performance management, sickness absence, planning, agreeing, delivery and monitoring of departmental workload.
  • Developing the skills and competencies of finance staff through training and development activities, ensuring progress towards individual Personal Development Plans is maintained, reviewed and updated.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of the Financial Management training programmes for clinicians and managers at all levels throughout the Trust. Actively contribute to content and running of sessions.
  • Ensure they and their teams compliance with the Trusts statutory and mandatory training requirements.

  • Support the Directorate/Division in developing and maintaining processes that deliver the Trusts Financial Accounting objectives for:
  • Accounts Payable, including compliance with the Public Sector Payment Policy.
  • Accounts Receivable, including improved debt recovery.
  • Treasury Management including improvement of the Trusts cash flow.
  • Statutory Accounting including the production of the Annual Accounts and quarterly returns for Monitor.

  • To ensure that the process of financial management takes into account the need to enhance the quality of care provided within the Trust.
  • To constantly review, update and upgrade information systems for managing the financial and accounting processes with the finance department.
  • To conduct complex audits designed to improve financial and accounting services.

You can find the detailed duties and responsibilities in the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oHold a professional qualification (CCAB or CIMA)
  • oEvidence of CPD


  • oEvidence of post qualification education (MBA etc)



  • oCar driver and owner

Experience & Knowledge


  • Relevant work experience for the role
  • Experience of computerised accounting and financial systems.
  • Advance experience of using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience of investigation and analysis into financial issues, including evidence of detailed and precise report writing skills.
  • Experience in translating complex data from various systems into a clear and comprehensive financial model.
  • Business planning and capacity expertise linked to forecasting and budgeting
  • Experience in the analysis, translation and communication of service line reporting/patient level costing system outputs to non-financial colleagues.
  • Experience in using benchmarking information to identify performance or productivity benefits
  • Evidence of extensive line management responsibilities, ensuring teams deliver to their maximum potential
  • Experience in working with, influencing and building effective working relationships with staff at all levels across the Trust
  • Knowledge of the rules surrounding confidentiality, information governance and the Data Protection Act
  • Expert Theoretical and practical knowledge of the NHS accounting
  • Demonstrable detailed
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