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Deputy Finance Director

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join the senior finance leadership team at the Trust. Do you want to be a finance leader as part of an innovative, dynamic team that is committed to supporting delivery of the best possible care for the Trust's patients? We are looking to appoint someone who is as passionate about the NHS as we are.

Please contact Andrew Bertram for further details regarding the vacancy. If you would like to arrange an informal visit please contact Beth Norman via

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Finance Director is the nominated deputy to the Finance Director and has overall responsibility for the efficient functioning, integrity, business focus and performance of the numerous departments comprising the financial management, costing and commissioner management functions within the Finance Directorate. You will provide advice and guidance where appropriate and are responsible for authorising expenditure with managerial responsibility and accountability for all aspects of these functions.

You will identify, investigate and advise on highly complex, contentious and commercially sensitive strategic financial issues providing advice and guidance to all levels within the partner organisations, up to and including Directors, and with external partners including ICBs, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

You will provide interpretation of financial reports, national guidance, documentation and returns and will take responsibility for the quality and meeting of deadlines of financial data submitted as part of any statutory (or otherwise) NHS returns.

You will lead on behalf of the Finance Director on all aspects of delivery of the objectives of the Finance function within the Trust including commissioner contract negotiation with ICBs, income planning, monitoring and expenditure resource management.

You will ensure that systems are in place and are managed efficiently and effectively.

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • CCAB Professional Accounting Qualification, MBA/DMS.

Experience and Knowledge Required


  • Extensive experience in senior management position/s dealing with strategic financial issues and team leadership.
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the NHS financial regime and NHS financial policies.
  • Expert knowledge in the areas of financial and accounting procedures and financial and other aspects of legislation. The application of this knowledge will be necessary to all the Finance departments and their procedures comprising the wider Finance function (including Payroll, Creditor Payments, Financial Services and Financial Management).
  • Expert knowledge of NHS commissioning arrangements, impact of Payments by Results and Choice are required.

Skills and Attributes


  • Decision-making: adapt at making high-level decisions on service level agreements, and future expenditure and savings plans affecting financial position and involving significant financial risk and likely to affect strategic direction.
  • Strategic thinking: adapt at identifying long-term risks/threats to the financial viability and opportunities to develop services through income growth. Able to evaluate and critique strategy developed by others and develop long-term strategy for the departments and services. Able to demonstrate a considerably detailed awareness of the political agenda and take account of external events in strategic planning. Able to evaluate and comment on strategies and plans developed by ICBs and other NHS bodies is key.
  • Business and customer focus needs. Contri: Anticipates and plans for the effect of change on staff, partners and customers. Demonstrates an awareness of the process of change and develops appropriate responses. Challenges and changes ways of working to better meet customerbutes to wider/corporate service management by advising in performance and developing existing and future services.
  • Working in and leading teams: able to lead various and diverse teams in achieving corporate objectives. Ability to adjust management styles to suit particular situations, use others to make decisions, be aware of group dynamics, deal with disciplinary and performance situations, create vision and translate vision into tangible plans. Provides clear and unambiguous direction to team members. Clarifies the future in terms that are clear and exciting.
  • Focusing on development: able to create an environment where learning and development are encouraged and valued. Required to actively participate in and promote continuing professional development. Encourages others to stretch themselves and think about long-term career. Provides development opportunities. Develops new approaches to training and willing to experiment with new ideas. Finds time to coach staff according to their needs. Ensures that finance staff development links with strategic objectives. Develops appropriate finance skills across the organisation.
  • Finance Performance Management: Must be able to lead on the development of systems and processes to monitor financial performance. Must be able to assess and forecast financial risks and recommend ways of managing these. Must be able to link financial performance with service performance and assess the impact of service performance on financial performance. Must be able to initiate appropriate action to ensure that financial and other performance targets are met.
  • Commissioning (Finance): Must be able to provide the lead financial input to the negotiation of agreements with ICBs. Requires ability to interpret and forecast the financial performance management of SLAs in year. Must be able to take long term strategic view of implications of commissioning decisions and advise accordingly. Must be able to provide guidance on and answer complex, sensitive and strategic queries relating to commissioning issues.
  • Financial Systems: Ability to manage and develop the longer-term development of finance systems in order to improve overall effectiveness and efficiency of financial operations. Must be able to keep abreast of developments in Finance and evaluate the implications for the finance systems used by the CAP/Trusts. Must be able to advise on the impact of IT developments on the Finance function. Must be able to seek and exploit opportunities to apply digital technology to improve operations to enhance productivity, decision-making, control and communications.

Aptitude and Personal Qualities


  • Able to work well in stressful situations.
  • Innovative, self-motivated, enthusiastic.
  • Professional maturity & Problem solver.
  • Ability to communicate and challenge colleagues at all levels.
  • An eye for detail and ability to see things through to completion.
  • Ability to see the vision and steps needed to achieve it.
  • Inspire others and lead by example.

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital


YO31 8HE

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