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Finance Manager (NIHR) (XN06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The salary for this role is subject to review and may change. We anticipate the salary will be confirmed prior to agreeing the start date for the successful applicant, at the very latest.

Are you passionate about health and care research? The NIHR is looking for two Finance Managers with experience of finance management in the public sector and / or working in a research environment to join our teams providing financial management (monitoring budgets, business planning processes) for NIHR programme funding.

Successful applicants will be flexible, proactive, responsible, have great communication skills and be able to work as part of a team to ensure delivery of the relevant portfolio of work.

We encourage individuals who are considering applying to contact the office and have a conversation with the hiring manager.

Please note, a hybrid-working arrangement is in place where successful candidates can work a large percentage of their time from home. There are also other flexible working arrangements available on request.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be responsible for the provision of financial management and high quality analytical review across all NIHR Academy Programmes (Domestic and Global).

They will support the Senior Finance and Contract Managers and Assistant Director Finance and Business Support (AD FBS) in delivering financial management for the NIHR Academy Service Level Agreement and the NIHR Academy research programmes identifying key issues from financial and other business information to ensure effective financial management in line with general finance best practice and the requirements of DHSC/NHSE and be involved in other diverse areas of work as required in order to deliver the NIHR Academy organisational business requirements.

About us

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has a mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR plays a pivotal role in attracting, training and supporting the best researchers and complements the additional NIHR investment in world-class research facilities and a skilled research workforce.

This role is hosted by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and delivers the work of the NIHR, leading on policy, strategy and delivery in respect of academic training in England and working closely with other NIHR centres and the Science Research and Evidence (SRE) Directorate at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

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

  • Deputise for the Senior Finance and Contract Managers to design, manage and implement a portfolio of works to meet NIHR Academy business needs
  • Producing timely accurate financial monitoring information to keep a track of the financial impact of NIHR Academy awards ensuring targets are met
  • Analysing, investigating and resolving financial queries and discrepancies, making recommendations and liaising with internal and external stakeholders as necessary
  • Lead with the production of reporting year on year trend analysis
  • Producing comprehensive robust accurate and timely monthly management financial reports for the NIHR Academy Service Level Agreement.
  • Supporting programme managers responsible for analysing funding recommendations for new competitions including identifying and developing procedural changes
  • Working with managers in setting up new award contracts advising, suggesting resolutions, supporting implementation and the review of finance requests within new contracts
  • Contributing to the complexities of long term financial planning including supporting with the costing of business cases and adjusting when assumptions change to meet business needs
  • Supporting with due diligence of audit and assurance activities for all NIHR Academy Global Health Research contracts in partnership with managers e.g. desk top audits and risk assessments
  • Design reporting structures and maintain detailed financial reports to ensure the underlying trend analysis and year on year comparisons can be clearly reported in a complex environment
  • Ensuring the integrity of the relevant finance systems and reporting issues
  • Providing accurate guidance on finance related matters for awards to managers.
  • Implementing policies and procedures to support the effective financial management within NIHR in line with DHSC policies Communication
  • Effectively communicating the outcomes of complex and contentious annual finance reviews to award holders and hosts organisations, negotiating and providing reassurance to reach an agreement as appropriate
  • Communicating and working with a range of people nationally and internationally at all levels of seniority both internal and external to the NIHR Academy Executive, in line with DHSC policies
  • Developing and maintaining strong and positive working relationships within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), NHS Trusts and other health-related organisations
  • Contributing to briefings requested from Ministers offices and other government departments. This involves researching and reporting on research outputs.

Person Specification

Other criteria


  • Advanced working knowledge of word processing, databases, spreadsheets
  • Advanced level oral and written communication skills and presenting financial information to non-finance managers
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively as an advocate for health services research and development
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Ability to work accurately with attention to detail and the ability to analyse, interpret and present complex information
  • Accounting skills including being able to identify, articulate and evaluate key risks and assumptions in reaching conclusions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate to all levels of non-finance staff across the organisation
  • Values diversity and operates with integrity and openness
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality



  • Directly relevant experience of working in a financial management environment
  • Experience of general ledger and financial reporting software packages.
  • Experience of financial and management accounting monitoring budgets, business planning processes and forecasting
  • Understanding of NHS finance and accounting principles.
  • Experience of managing staff


  • Experience of drafting contracts
  • An interest in health research
  • An understanding of ODA funding
  • Understanding of health and care research delivery
  • Knowledge of the NIHR

Skills & Behaviours


  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team, building and maintaining good working relationships
  • Ability to tackle complex problems, identify solutions and implement them
  • Manage a complex scheme of activities and priorities and able to work to tight and conflicting deadlines
  • Effective liaison skills with the ability to deal tactfully with colleagues, senior academics, NHS managers, DHSC managers and various stake holders
  • Confident and comfortable when communicating to others and dealing with complex, sensitive and contentious issues
  • Identifying opportunities and approaches to achieve goals and improve results
  • A willingness to work across discipline boundaries


  • Experience of contributing to reports/papers



  • First Degree or equivalent experience
  • AAT/ CAT Technician Level (or equivalent experience)


  • Studying for professional CCAB qualification (or equivalent experience)

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


NIHR Academy Executive

21 Queen Street



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