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Research and Development Senior Finance Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa or pa pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to work across research and healthcare as our new senior finance manager. Working across the Trust and wider stakeholder network, you will bring your collaborative and partnership-focused finance skills, as the Trust lead on R& D financial management, to deliver a professional, dynamic Research & Development financial management function. You will take responsibility for providing a comprehensive, proactive support service to a range of R& D business units, and work collaboratively with finance colleagues across our strategic partnerships.

We are a dynamic and fast-paced environment, that is always evolving, always improving and encourages innovation. We are committed to your continued career development and offer a supportive, flexible and collaborative working environment, where your health and well-being are equally valued.

Working for one of the largest acute teaching Trust's in England, with an extensive clinical research portfolio and a core activity, this is a brilliant opportunity to develop your career and really make a difference to our high-quality, patient-centred research. Please do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

UHS offers a hybrid working environment with a minimum of 2 days per week on-site.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Specific to this role is the suitability for agile working which is a mixture of on-site and remote working. In addition, we are open to discussing flexibility in the hours that you work. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do

You will lead on all R& D income, expenditure and financial matters, with responsibility for the strategic direction of research and development finances across a wide stakeholder network

Take responsibility for providing comprehensive, proactive financial management support to the R& D Business Units

Manage internal and external R& D financial relationships with key partners including the University of Southampton, UHS clinical Divisions, IT, Finance and R& D partner organisations

Manage the R& D finance team and the Wessex Regional Research Hub finance team
What were looking for
You will be a people-focused, fully qualified finance professional, with clear communication skills and experience in financial management and financial strategy

Working with a range of stakeholders, you will demonstrate a solid understanding of budgetary control processes, budget setting and financial planning, combined with a broad understanding of financial accounting and control issues

Demonstrable skills and experience in building partnerships and working collegiately across a diverse multi-organisational landscape

With a supportive and flexible team around you to deliver, you will be able to present and explain financial information in a timely manner that can easily be understood by non-finance colleagues and key system partners

You will demonstrate our UHS Values: Patients First, Always Improving, Working Together

TO NOTE: Please note that we are recruiting for both R& D Senior Finance Manager and Finance Business Partner Clinical Division posts. Should you wish to apply for both roles, you are only required to complete one application (either post) and within that application state that you wish to be considered for both roles by writing this in the supporting information box.

Person Specification

Qualifications training required


  • CIMA, ACA, ACCA, CIPFA, appropriate degree or equivalent level of training and experience.
  • Business management.
  • Project management.
  • Negotiation skills.

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Previous experience in a healthcare setting.
  • Financial accounting and management experience.
  • Knowledge of data collection for forecasting and planning.
  • Significant previous experience in a staff management role.
  • Knowledge of designing advanced spreadsheets and databases.
  • Experience of Financial project management/Financial appraisal and forecasting.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of NHS Trust Financial processes, NHS structural relationships and the NHS financial regime.


  • Research financial management, including costing research.
  • NHS experience.

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Special requirements of the post


  • Knowledge and understanding of NHS research funding systems.


  • Knowledge and understanding of research governance and regulatory frameworks relevant to clinical/health research

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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