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Head of Finance

Barts Health NHS Trust
£105,327 to £120,385 per annum inc
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
* Please note this recruitment episode will be handled by a third party *

Want to be at the forefront of shaping the best care for our patients? We are looking for a talented, Director level Finance Professional to join the senior leadership team at Whipps Cross Hospital as Head of Finance.

As Head of Finance for Whipps Cross, you will report to the Hospital's Chief Executive with professional accountability to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer - Operational Finance of Barts Health NHS Trust.

The successful candidate will excel at leading, directing, inspiring and engaging others within a collaborative and dynamic healthcare environment. Key responsibilities will include delivering of all aspects of financial management, leading of a team of finance professionals to provide day to day support in all aspects of the Hospital's financial performance whilst maintaining a positive team culture within the finance function.

Operating effectively as the Finance Director of the Hospital Site, you will be working closely with the Executive team and with clinical, academic and operational colleagues to provide advice, implementing and adhering to financial controls, ensuring operational teams are making informed financial decisions and that the hospital strategy is aligned with the overall group financial and operational strategy and plan.

Main duties of the job

This will include responsibility for delivery of financial plans and accurate and timely monthly performance reports to the Trust Board, ensuring that procedures and controls are up to date and implemented. You will also provide support to the Deputy CFO with strategic direction and business planning for the Hospital.

The role of the Hospital within the region/system is becoming ever more important particularly with devolution of NHS England Specialised Commissioning. This landscape means the Head of Finance role will be required to think broadly across systems and networks to support the Hospital in its role.

To succeed, you'll be a qualified accountant with strong financial management and leadership experience, ideally gained within an NHS environment. You'll have excellent engagement and influencing skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders - including clinicians, Board members and our regulators. You'll champion best practice, look for ways we can continuously improve and relish the challenge of working as part of a close team to drive financial performance across this large and complex Trust. We are looking for an ambitious, intelligent, credible and articulate leader with exceptionally high standards and the ability to support and challenge high profile specialist colleagues, who can demonstrate commercial strategic thinking within a healthcare setting.

About us

In return, we offer an excellent opportunity for you to gain great exposure at Hospital Board level in one of the UK's largest group of hospitals and the ability to drive improvement and embed change in a dynamic and high-profile environment.

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • CCAB Fully qualified
  • Education to degree level
  • Masters level or equivalent experience and training
  • IT literate - Spreadsheets, databases, pivot tables ECDL or equivalent



  • Two years financial management experience in a senior role
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines
  • Managing staff and effective team working
  • Experience of leading a finance service in a period of change



  • Knowledge of NHS Finance and policies, specifically related to financial planning
  • Specialist knowledge of the management accounting function
  • Awareness of current issues and developments in the NHS and the impact on individual organisations
  • Working knowledge of SLAs



  • Communicate very complex data to non-colleagues
  • Excellent planning (short and longer term) and organisational skills. Following up to ensure plans are communicated and delivered
  • Ability to analysis complex information and determine an appropriate course of action interpreting and providing judgement on highly complex facts of situation
  • Proven staff management skills and the ability to motivate and develop staff
  • Ability to motivate and develop a team of management accountants
  • Ability to solve complex, multi-dimensional issues

Personal and people development


  • Ability to relate well to staff at all levels
  • Determined and enthusiastic disposition
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet objectives with conflicting deadlines
  • Evidence of committed to on-going personal development
  • Highly motivated
  • Possess positive attitude to change



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff at all levels
  • Business acumen and ability to influence and manage commercial opportunities
  • Ability to communicate very complex, sensitive and contentious information to a variety of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to multi-task, re-assessing priorities, to ensure projects are managed and completed to timescales

Specific requirements


  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Whipps Cross Hospital


E11 1NR

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