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Deputy Director of Finance - Technical and Development

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 per annum pro rata
Closing date
14 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Trust to appoint a Deputy Director of Finance - Technical and Development. The Deputy Director of Finance is a key leadership role in the finance function, supporting the delivery of the Trust's strategic goals, with a particular focus on technical accounting, investments and governance.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with an award winning finance function which has an ambitious agenda where you can build a rewarding career.

OUH is committed to delivering sustainable services NHS services and building on our key strengths in patient care, research and education.


Advert Closing date- 13th March 2024, 11.59 PM

Interview date:25th March 2024.

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Director of Finance - Technical and Developments reports into the Director of Finance and will play a critical role in the successful delivery of the Trust's strategic and operational finance objectives.

Some key responsibilities for this role include:
  • Support the Director of Finance in providing Board-level and external advice, developing strategies and plans to ensure the Trust's continued viability.
  • Ensuring the rigorous scrutiny of strategic capital and revenue business cases, and support successful delivery of these cases.
  • Responsibility for the preparation and delivery of the audited annual accounts.
  • Responsibility for the coordination, management and reporting of financial services, including treasury management function, and capital.
  • Ensuring an effective system of financial governance and oversight of financial decision making.

The successful candidate must be a robust, credible, professionally qualified accountant with exemplary leadership skills, high standards and the ability to influence executive teams and other organisational leaders. You must have experience leading sizeable teams and be comfortable managing the overall financial control of the organisation. Your significant post-qualification experience will have been gained within a large, complex and public sector organisation as an experienced and inspiring leader. Having experience from an audit or a regulatory organisation will be advantageous.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. The Trust provides a wide range of clinical services, specialist services (including cardiac, cancer, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation) medical education, training and research.

The Trust is made up of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, north Oxfordshire. The Trust employs over 12,500 staff and has a turnover in excess of �1.5bn.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note: For full details of the job description and person specification, please refer to the attachment.

Person Specification



  • oUndergraduate degree
  • oQualified relevant finance qualification (e.g. ACA, CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA)
  • oRegistered and active continued professional development
  • oEducated to Masters level, equivalent post-graduate qualification or equivalent level of experience


  • oExpert specialist knowledge of accounting procedures, in particular those specifically relating to the NHS

Physical Skills


  • oAdvanced keyboard skills, including expert spreadsheet modelling



  • oKnowledge of financial management in a healthcare or commercial environment, and of the implications of the changing financial regime in the NHS
  • oKnowledge of the NHS financial regime and its application to an NHS Foundation Trust
  • oKnowledge of the NHS Business Case process and experience of operating this system for developing cases
  • oKnowledge of NHS performance reporting and performance management
  • oWorking knowledge of general ledger systems and associated software


  • oKnowledge of National Tariff Payment System, Payment by Results and NHS Contracting
  • oKnowledge of NHS efficiency reporting

Aptitudes, Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • oAbility to formulate financial strategy in addition to undertaking operational needs
  • oStrong grasp of, and ability to analyse, financial data
  • oStrong analytical and data-evaluation skills, with the ability to solve complex problems
  • oAbility to present complex data in a clear and easily understood format - both verbally and in writing
  • oAble to demonstrate an aptitude for working in teams and in complex matrix management environments involving very senior staff from internal and external stakeholders
  • oAble to make clear decisions in an autonomous way and to be accountable for it
  • oAbility to critically analyse highly complex information/situations and evaluate a range of options to identify service improvements/solutions
  • oAbility to deliver challenging agendas through effective delegation and coaching


  • oStrategic vision

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • oExcellent skills of influencing, persuasion and negotiation
  • oProven ability to present ideas clearly and succinctly - both verbally (including presentations) and in writing
  • oStrong political awareness, and evidence of working well within highly sensitive environments
  • oAbility to form excellent relationships with a wide stakeholder base
  • oAbility and credibility to work co-operatively within senior management
  • oAbility to communicate complex technical data in a rigorous manner, utilising a variety of media
  • oExcellent written communication skills
  • oAblility to build relationships of trust with external and internal stakeholders
  • oAbility to lead staff in a manner which promotes a customer focus
  • oAbility to manage conflict in an open manner

Planning and Organisational Skills


  • oAbility to work flexibly in a fast changing environment
  • oGood organisational skills
  • oAbility to plan and lead complex managerial processes
  • oAbility to project plan in a coherent way
  • oAbility to develop several options to resolve highly complex problems where there is no obvious answer
  • oAbility to deliver to tight deadlines
  • oAbility to work in a matrix way with a wide range of professional peers and superiors in a complex environment

Personal Qualities


  • oA facilitative and inclusive approach to management
  • oCharismatic team player with high energy level
  • oSelf-motivated with a flexible and pro-active approach
  • oA high level of personal resilience and be able to work with considerable pressure
  • oAbility to demonstrate a level of personal confidence necessary to overcome barriers
  • oAbility to focus on priority issues and strategic goals by balancing short term needs within a long term strategic framework

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


OUH@Cowley, 1st Floor, Unipart House Business Centre

Garsington Road



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