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Assistant Finance Manager

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Assistant Divisional Finance Manager will work closely with the Divisional Finance Manager and Finance Directorate Senior Management Team in the achievement of Trust-wide objectives and statutory financial duties.

The post is primarily based at Royal Stoke University Hospital with all finance staff currently working under an agile working arrangement split between two days or more on site and three days at home. If there is anyone considering the role on a less than full time basis then please contact us to discuss before applying.

Main duties of the job

There are various personnel with whom the post holder will be required to communicate with and advise within the Trust: Communication may be either formal or informal and may be complex, sensitive and confidential. Whatever the route, the post holder will be expected to communicate in a friendly and helpful manner.

This role liaises with:
  • Finance staff and managers
  • Divisional senior Management Team
  • Clinical and Service Managers
  • Directorate Managers

General Characteristics
  • The post-holder will preferably be actively working towards a CCAB or equivalent qualification and must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and IT skills. The post-holder must also be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team. They must also be able to work under pressure, deliver within tight deadlines and consequently have a flexible/adaptable approach.
  • Demonstrate strong management competencies surrounding professionalism, communication, persuasion, negotiation and team-working.
  • Liaise closely with the Divisional Finance Manager and Finance Directorate Senior Management Team in the achievement of Trust-wide objectives and statutory financial duties.
  • Work with the Divisional Finance Manager to provide comprehensive financial advice to service and divisional managers to enable the achievement of financial balance and contribute to the business planning and service development agenda.
  • Deputise for the Divisional Finance Manager at any time.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Divisional Financial Management
  • Liaising with departmental managers, divisional finance manager and divisional senior managers to set divisional budgets within the Trust wide parameters and maintain and review these in line with Trust SFIs and other appropriate policies
  • Advise in the interpretation of monthly financial reports to ensure that managers have accurate financial information to be incorporated in the decision making process
  • Supports individual budget holders in the analysis, maintenance and control of budgets ensuring that new appointments/developments are within agreed establishment with recurrent finances identified. Is proactive in investigating budgetary variances
  • Deputise for the Divisional Finance Manager as and when appropriate
  • Obtain and evaluate information for input into business cases or other service developments
  • Deliver a Trust wide training and development programme to budget holders and non-finance managers. Advising on all aspects of Finance, including Financial Accounting issues and Corporate Governance. Ensuring the programme is delivered on a regular basis and responds to the changing financial environment
  • Create reports using Excel, Word and PowerPoint to communicate complex financial information to non-finance managers on a regular basis
  • Assist the Divisional Finance manager in the production of monthly reports for the division including forecast information
  • Manage the work of the divisional financial management support, participating in appraisals personal reviews and appropriate training and development
  • Assist in the calculation of supporting information for the Trust cost improvement programme
  • Producing monthly financial reports that completely reflect all known informationabout a specific budget at that point in time, eg known accruals, stock takes, in year savings or changes in service delivery
  • Assist in the production of the divisional business plan providing financial input

Trust Financial Management
  • Provides quality input into the monthly process of producing finance reports for Trust Board, Management Board and Finance Committee
  • Providing support to the commissioning team with the supply of relevant financial information to inform the process and monitoring of financial and activity performance.

General requirements
  • To ensure absolute confidentiality on all information obtained in the course of the job role
  • To participate in training and development activities in order to improve awareness of financial issues and to ensure financial control is exercised. Working effectively as part of a team to facilitate the achievement of team goals
  • Attend & participate in Finance and Directorate meetings contributing information and actively discussing Finance issues where appropriate
  • To ensure that work is carried out efficiently, confidentially, to a high standard, resulting in quality output, delivering a high level of satisfaction to customers
  • To ensure that health and safety legislation is complied with, promoting high standards and acting immediately on hazards or unsafe practices
  • To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis
  • To actively promote the Trusts Equal Opportunities policy & procedures
  • To plan, co-ordinate, communicate and monitor work activities against plans in order to optimise the use of resources and ensure completion of work within agreed timescales
  • Any other ad hoc duties as requested by the Divisional Business Adviser and or Divisional Finance Manager

Person Specification



  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English
  • Part qualified in relevant accountancy qualification i.e Level 7 (e.g. CIMA, ACCA etc.) or equivalent experience and working towards qualification


  • Hold relevant Level 7 accountancy qualification

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience


  • Recent, sufficient and relevant work experience within a management accounting environment within a large and complex organisation
  • Experience of financial accounting ledger systems and procedures
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of accounting principles
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills


  • NHS Finance Experience
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Experience of working with clinical activity information

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Royal Stoke University Hospital

Newcastle Road



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