About the role

The development and use of technology in the NHS is fast, intense, and exciting, especially in the last year. NHS Digital has been at the forefront of these technology and data advances, and our Finance team is a critical component of this delivery.

Our Finance Team is expanding and we’ve several roles available, it’s an exciting time to join us and help shape our future. This is your opportunity to take a step forward in your career and showcase your talents and passion for the NHS. You will join a diverse team of finance professionals specialising in digital, technology and data and could find yourself working on the very highest profile health technology projects.

The Financial Control team delivers financial transaction processing, cash management, financial accounting (including expenditure, income, payroll, capital, leases, VAT, and balance sheet reconciliations), technical accounting and taxation advice, financial accounting returns to the Department of Health and Social Care, the preparation of the annual report and accounts and liaison with internal and external audit.

As a Lead Accountant within our Financial Control Team you will manage the day-to-day operational functions, working to ensure a smooth and efficient operation whilst enhancing and maintaining process and data quality.

You will be comfortable working in an inclusive way with colleagues at all levels of the organisation, using your strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers and provide the insight required to make appropriate decisions in a fast-paced environment. We operate in a highly regulated and transparent environment, where high levels of integrity are essential. 

About you

Some of the key skills and experience you will bring:

  • Strong knowledge of Financial management, financial accounting and financial reporting
  • Strong knowledge of using accounting, financial and IT systems
  • Experience of preparing statutory annual accounts and/or supporting working papers
  • The management and control of financial transaction processing, including KPIs and counter-fraud considerations
  • Sound knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards, accounting best practice and audit processes
  • Significant experience of balance sheet management including undertaking reconciliations and resolving outstanding items, production and checking of journals, and acting upon system management reports.
  • Strong reporting and presentation skills, demonstrating an understanding of the key points for readers, thinking creatively about how best to present data and management information in a clear and concise way to maximise impact, and the ability to execute using a range of appropriate tools to deliver high quality, professional products. 
  • You must hold a professional accountancy qualification at Masters level such as CCAB/CIMA, and have relevant post-qualifying experience.

For further information about the role please refer to the attached Role Profile/Job Description (note: this role is subject to job evaluation).

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.
Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone’s skills to improve people’s lives.
We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.
Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work
Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.  Don't worry if you don’t meet all the criteria we’ve suggested – knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply.

We are recruiting several Finance roles and so would welcome an application from you for as many roles as you are interested in. Please be assured that any applications you may make for multiple roles will not count against you, but we ask that you tailor your supporting statement to each individually.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • We're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • Flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • A generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

We have an inclusive and supportive culture that recognises and values difference. We have a continuous focus on wellbeing and career development, and on valuing both individual and team engagement. We are passionate about our contribution to the effective operation of the NHS and committed to continuous improvement delivered collaboratively with users and stakeholders, embracing innovation and flexibility to adapt to rapidly developing environments.

Next steps

Interviews will take place remotely. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

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