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Deputy Finance Business Partner - Operational Finance

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity in our fantastic Operational Finance team at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Trust (UHD).

As a Band 7 Deputy Finance Business Partner supporting the Associate Director of Finance, Surgical Care Group portfolio, you will help lead a team under the direction of the Finance Business Partner.

The role will support delivery of sound financial management and support to a wide range of services including the provision of expert financial support to a number of exciting change projects associated with the New Hospital Program reconfiguration of services.

The Surgical Care Group portfolio is both diverse and dynamic and we are looking for a candidate who is keen to develop a career in NHS finance. The successful candidate will be working as part of a committed team and should be able to demonstrate the desire to work in NHS Finance, the ability to work in a team and to deadlines, prioritising workload and able to communicate well to non-finance colleagues.

You will be either a CCAB qualified accountant or finalist studying towards qualification.

Base Location: Poole Hospital a, but some cross-site working as required. Hybrid remote working as agreed with the Finance Business Partner.

Interview Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024.

Main duties of the job

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Qualified (CCAB) or finalist studying towards qualification or significant NHS finance experience at this grade
  • Evidenced continuous professional development record
  • Actively studying towards full CCAB qualification


  • First Degree
  • Qualified (CCAB)



  • Knowledge and understanding of International Accounting Standards and their application
  • Highly developed and demonstrable knowledge of management accounting and accounting procedures within the NHS
  • Understanding of the Payment by Results (PbR) tariff system and its application within an NHS Foundation Trust
  • Significant experience of working within an NHS Foundation trust(s)
  • Significant experience in the use of E-Financials software packages
  • Significant experience in the use of Business objects
  • Experience of developing activity, income and expenditure forecasts, including the modelling of different scenarios
  • Significant experience of staff management


  • Experience of modelling the financial impact of service pathway redesign
  • Experience in the use of PLICS costing software

Technical Skills Competencies


  • Advanced user of Microsoft Excel, required to design new and/or improve existing financial monitoring systems
  • Expert analytical skills to solve highly complex financial and non-financial problems
  • Computer literate with experience of using Microsoft office applications
  • Ability to interpret highly complex information, including national financial policies
  • Ability to manage extensive data sets, and detailed financial information


  • Clear, demonstrable understanding of statutory and other financial responsibilities
  • Influencing and negotiation skills, including the ability to communicate contentious information to an audience that may not be receptive. This will include senior managers within the Trust and external stakeholders



  • Sound, demonstrable knowledge of financial and accounting procedures.
  • Detailed knowledge of the organisation's objectives and activities
  • Detailed understanding of the NHS agenda and knowledge of NHS financial framework
  • Knowledge of NHS financial and accounting procedures in relation to the portfolio


  • Ability to interpret highly complex information, including national financial policies

Interpersonal Skills


  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Confident in dealing with people at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Ability to communicate sensitive/ contentious financial information in a clear and persuasive way. This will include communication with people with non-financial backgrounds.
  • Ability to lead a team of fellow professionals and to adopt a collaborative approach both within the Finance function and across UHD


  • Active listening skills, to interpret managers needs and issues
  • Ability to forge and maintain constructive relationships with senior managers and to constructively challenge and hold to account in relation to financial decision making and subsequent consequences

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to write and present reports on complex matters in a way which can be understood by other professionals
  • Ability to use initiative, work autonomously, and demonstrate flexibility
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Able to communicate sensitive/ contentious financial information in a clear and persuasive way
  • Emotionally resilient with the ability to provide and accept constructive criticism and to reflect and learn from guidance and feedback
  • Well organised, a completer/ finisher with the ability to multi-task complex issues
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines


  • Political astuteness to understand the business, political and economic context in which discussions are taking place

Language requirement


  • Be able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital


BH15 2JB

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