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Head of Capital Finance (XN09)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior, qualified and experienced Accountant to join the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Capital Finance team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the financial control of a c.�100m capital programme, providing financial analysis and advice to Clinical Service Units, Corporate Functions and Capital Programme Leads. The role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance professional to work for a large Acute Trust, with exposure to senior leaders within the organisation, major national business cases as well as the day to day running of the Capital Finance team. The successful applicant will be an experienced Finance professional who is used to managing a wide range of stakeholders and is passionate about driving change to deliver improvements and efficiencies for the benefit of our patients and our staff.

Expected Shortlisting Date: 16 June 2024

Planned Interview Date: 26 June 2024

Main duties of the job

The Head of Capital Finance will ensure that the Trusts capital assets are managed effectively through accurate planning, accounting and reporting and will deliver sustainable financial improvement through the planning and delivery of capital investment to meet Trust objectives.

The successful candidate will also provide leadership and line management to a team of Accountants and Finance Officers ensuring that deadlines are met and quality assurance standards are achieved. In addition, they will play a key part in managing external relationships with the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and NHS England.

The role includes the opportunity to take the lead on projects and tasks across the wider finance function.

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest Trusts in the UK and rated good by the CQC. The Trust also has a long-term vision to transform healthcare facilities across Leeds Teaching Hospitals for our patients and staff through our Building the Leeds Way programme.

In joining the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts Finance department, you would be part of a high performing and committed team who are passionate in delivering high quality, patient focused and sustainable healthcare with a focus on clinically led transformation allowing the trust to best serve its patients for the future.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The primary purpose of the Head of Capital Finance is to develop and deliver a comprehensive capital accounting service. The post holder will be responsible for the financial control and reporting of fixed assets with a net book value of circa �600m and an annual capital expenditure of circa �100m. They will provide capital financial analysis and advice to CSUs, corporate functions and the capital programme leads. This will enable the Trust to understand the current capital position and make capital investment decisions. They will lead in the development of the Trusts long and short term capital plans, monitoring control, revaluations and capital forecasting.

The post holder will ensure that the Trusts capital assets are managed effectively through accurate planning, accounting and reporting and will deliver sustainable financial improvement through the planning and delivery of capital investment to meet Trust objectives.

The key responsibility of this post is to develop and deliver comprehensive capital accounting service. This will include the following:

Production and submission of accurate monthly capital reports and papers to all relevant committees in line with NHS Improvement guidance and international financial reporting standards. This includes the Finance and Performance Committee (F& P) and the Capital Planning Group (CPG).

Production and submission of accurate monthly capital reports to the regional Integrated Care System (ICS) capital group.

Liaise with the ICS on the current and long term capital plans. This will involve attending the regional ICS meeting and influencing the discussions effectively.

Monitor achievement of the annual and 5 year capital plan, developing actions with programme managers and ensure that the capital programme is delivered.

Produce the strategic five year capital plan.

Deliver expert guidance on technical issues surrounding capital.

Ensure that VAT is appropriately accounted for within the capital programme.

Ensure and implement strong financial controls with clean internal and external audit reports on capital.

Prepare all necessary statutory returns and working papers relating to capital.

Manage all aspects of capital accounting and provide capital advice and guidance.

Ensure the Trusts capital assets are managed efficiently and effectively.

Provide capital charges forecasts and timely, accurate and comprehensive performance reports to demonstrate that the capital accounting responsibilities are being discharged effectively.

The post holder will work in the capital team having lead responsibility for the capital accounting for the Trust including monitoring, reporting, forecasting and planning of capital expenditure. They will be expected to work closely with other colleagues in the finance department to progress the challenging financial agenda with particular emphasis on the inter-relationships between Capital Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Management Accounts. They will also be responsible for the provision of advice and guidance to the programme managers, often on a daily basis.

They are required to be aware of any changes in Trust financial policies and procedures in order to assess their impact on the capital programme. This will require the interpretation of general requirements and applying them to capital projects in the most cost effective way for the Trust.

The post holder will work independently to agreed objectives and will have the authority to decide how best they are achieved by interpreting, applying and working within the operating policies, procedures and principles which exist within the Finance Directorate. Advice and guidance may however be sought, from more senior or specialist Finance colleagues.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working within a Capital Finance function
  • Experience of lease accounting (IFRS16)
  • Specialist knowledge of accounting concepts, conventions, policies and procedures
  • Inclusive leadership style and the ability to challenge, negotiate and influence



  • Fully qualified CCAB or ACMA Accountant

Skills & behaviours


  • Numerate and technically competent
  • Clear communicator with excellent written and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated capability to act upon incomplete information, using experience to make inferences and decision making
  • Capable of constructing and delivering clear ideas and concepts concisely and accurately to a diverse and varied range of audiences consisting of internal and external stakeholders

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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