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Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Huyton, England, United Kingdom
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11 days ago
Job Function
Deputy Director Of Finance/Chief Finance Officer


The closing date is 23 June 2024

Job summary

We are seeking a Deputy Director of Finance - Governance to lead our dynamic team at Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospital, where culture and leadership are paramount. We foster an inclusive and collaborative environment that values innovation, encourages personal growth, and recognises exceptional leadership. As a forward-thinking organisation, we prioritise the well-being and development of our employees, providing them with opportunities to thrive and make a meaningful impact.

Please note, this recruitment process will include an assessment centre.Interviews will be held on 3rd & 4th July 2024 (these dates may be subject to change).

Main duties of the job

The Deputy Director of Finance Governance has responsibility for overall management of the finance functions and the formulation and operationalisation of the Trusts financial strategy on a day-to-day basis including Financial Management, Financial Services, Income, Costing, Contracting.

The post holder will have a key role in leading the development of the financial strategy for the Trust within the context of the Trust's wider strategic direction, taking account national resources and policy and the requirements of the regulator.

The post holder will be required to ensure that effective financial management occurs across the organisation in addition to ensuring that all key financial systems are operating effectively, and that appropriate control and monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure both internal and external reporting timescales can be achieved and that a high-quality service is provided to the Trust.

The post holder will provide a senior advisory role, advising the Trust on highly complex and sometimes contentious issues, and responding to the latest guidance and best practices.

About us

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1st July we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:

  • CAREthat is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:

  • Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits. Accessible version available upon request.

Job description

Job responsibilities



  • Lead the Trusts annual financial cycle including leading the budget-setting process, the forward 5-year financial plan, capital, cash and balance sheet planning and the annual closedown of
  • Lead the development of a finance model, which will enable sensitivity analysis and support the formulation of long-term financial planning.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of financial systems which are fit for purpose in ensuring appropriate control and monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure both internal and external reporting timescales can be achieved and that a high-quality service is provided to the
  • Manage the Trusts cash requirements to ensure that adequate facilities are secured to meet financial obligations, and that this is supported by robust cash projections.
  • Lead the provision of financial input and advice regarding service reconfigurations and major business cases, including challenging and verifying financial assumptions being made by other organisations to ensure that robust plans are made that maximise value for money.
  • Lead, from a corporate perspective, the business planning activities of the Trust and oversee the development of Service Line Reporting / PLICS across the Trust.
  • Analyse and review the Trusts cost base, using benchmarking and other tools and pro-actively seeking cost reduction opportunities.
  • Independently interpret complex NHS guidance and standards and ensure that the Trusts financial goals and policies are set to achieve the requirements.
  • Support the Trust in developing and delivering an organisational transformational change programme that provides safe clinical services in the context of financial Advising on the setting of CIP targets for clinical business units as part of the financial planning process, ensuring that there is a robust system for monitoring and reporting CIP delivery.
  • Encourage a culture within the finance departments and within Division management teams that seeks and finds solutions to financial problems and maximises financial
  • Lead on the development of the Trusts Finance Strategy, seeking opportunities to ensure value for money and make best use of resources.
  • Produce monthly financial performance reports for the Director of Finance, Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, NHSEI and others as required. Ensuring highly complex information is accurate, timely and clear and is appropriate for their recipients in terms of content, detail, and mode of presentation by identifying and using the most appropriate information systems.
  • Review and update year end projections, taking account of year-to-date performance, underlying trends and corrective actions and ensure I&E and balance sheet/cash/capital projections are consistent.
  • Advise the Board of Directors of financial investments in terms of both revenue and capital developments, challenging assumptions made by project leads to ensure all financial aspects of the business case have been fully thought through.
  • Ability to successfully articulate and understand highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in scenarios which may be hostile or highly emotive.
  • Development and implementation of a range of financial policies and strategy for the
  • Deputise for Director of Finance at all levels as required, chairing meetings where appropriate and assuming full responsibility when required to undertake the Acting Director of Finance role.


  • Lead on the development and negotiation of contracts and SLAs with commissioners and partners, ensuring the Trust maximises all income opportunities and receives all amounts due under agreed tariff and contract agreements and that systems are in place to collect all income due to the
  • Challenge and influence commissioners decision making in terms of financial investment in trust services.
  • Oversee the production of contract monitoring reports for commissioners and the associated billing process.
  • Monitor variations against planned activity and
  • Develop and embed a full understanding of national guidance and complex tariff rules across Divisions. Informing both the Board of Directors and senior management of changes in the rules/guidance and their implications for the Trust and influencing stakeholders to achieve common
  • Influence national policy on pricing and costing of specialised services by being a part of national consultations.
  • Participate in and influence the development of local health economy plans in collaboration with local trusts, CCGs and NHS England.


  • Ensure adequate governance procedures are in place and kept up to date for the organisation, including SFIs and a detailed Scheme of Delegation, supported by appropriate financial policies and procedures which are efficient, effective and minimise losses to the Trust.
  • Ensure a sound system of internal control is in operation which fully meets Trust and audit requirements and those of the regulator.
  • Ensure compliance with Charity Commission guidelines and legislation as regards the use and accounting for charitable funds.
  • Ensure that the Risk Register and Board Assurance Framework covers all appropriate financial issues and actions to address gaps in assurance or control or identified, tracked, and completed.
  • Assume budget holder responsibility for a number of corporate budgets/areas.
  • Authorised signatory for all purchase requisitions, recruitment request forms, overtime requests, agency / bank staffing requirements related to Management Accounts.
  • Authorised signatory for all bank payments.


  • Ensure compliance with all relevant accounting standards, guidance and manuals and provide appropriate advice to the Director of Finance and others on accounting issues.
  • Ensure the Trusts Annual Accounts, Charitable Fund Accounts and financial aspects of the Annual Report are produced to a high quality, in accordance with appropriate guidance and legislation and submitted to time.
  • Ensure that all internal audit and counter fraud recommendations are implemented across all areas of the Trust and reported to appropriate committees, and that all incidents are appropriately referred to counter fraud and internal audit.
  • Develop the Trusts annual audit plans in conjunction with counter fraud and the internal and external auditors, managing these relationships on a day-to-day basis.


  • Plan, allocate and direct the activities of the finance and business partnering departments in order to achieve deadlines, agreed work plans and service standards.
  • Review the services provided by departments within remit to ensure that they meet the priority needs of the Trust and continually seek to improve the efficiency with which the services are provided, maximising the focus on services that add most value for the Trust.
  • Line management of the senior finance and procurement teams on a daily basis and to provide them with leadership, direction and motivation through objective setting, regular performance reviews, training and development.
  • Provide leadership for Finance Skills Development (FSD) both internally at the Trust and externally, ensuring that the teams are operating to an optimum standard.


  • The post holder will be responsible for the implementation and interpretation of changes in accounting guidelines and policy and new Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England/ Improvement guidance that impacts on the whole of the Trust.
  • Support the Director, by developing strategies for the management of financial risk and ensuring that financial governance is embedded and integrated as part of the wider assurance framework of the Trust.


  • Ensure all correspondence is appropriately dealt with and comprehensive files are maintained and regularly updated to comply with Trust and departmental standards and good practice.
  • Continually develop, introduce and improve systems to assist financial management, monitoring and reporting for the Trust.
  • Ensure the integrity and maintenance for financial systems where
  • Provide financial training to Trust managers to ensure financial management of the Trusts resources is managed in an effective way.


  • Provide support and advice to all those with budgetary responsibility and ensure that all budget managers receive appropriate training and development to facilitate the best possible standards of patient care within available resources.
  • Play a lead role across the Trusts senior management team to provide corporate support to the Executive Team.
  • Deputise for the Director of Finance in their absence, including attendance at Board of Directors meetings and other external and internal meeting where appropriate.
  • Liaise with external partners and stakeholders where including NHSEI, and CCGs.
  • Ensure appropriate senior finance cover for the organisation.
  • Any other duties as appropriate as may be
  • The post holder may be required to undertake duties not specified in the job description, but which are commensurate with the role and/or band as required by service need.
  • The post holder may be required to work in different locations and may be required to work flexible hours as required by service need.

As a registered member of an accountancy body, the post holder is required to maintain registration throughout the contract of employment.

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive but reflects the main responsibilities of the post holder. Other duties may be required from time to time, which are commensurate with the grade of the post. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Accountant with a CCAB professional accountancy body
  • Evidence of continued professional and personal development
  • Degree or equivalent in relevant subject area e.g. finance, accounting

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience at senior finance level in an equivalent size organisation.
  • Experience of providing high-level expert financial & business advice in a highly complex multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Expert knowledge and experience of complex organisational and commercial transactions
  • Experience of managing and developing senior finance professionals.
  • Experience of successfully achieving objectives and negotiating solutions in pressurised situations where others have conflicting objectives.
  • Experience of negotiating complex contracts.
  • Expert knowledge & experience of contributing to and leading the development and delivery of sustainable CIP programmes
  • Expert knowledge and experience in the preparation of highly complex capital investment cases in line with DHSC and Treasury requirements
  • Experience in securing value for money in the application of the Trusts resources
  • Experience of leading aspects of the provision of financial governance and assurance to the Trust Board and stakeholders or equivalent.
  • Experience of supporting major service change projects, including staff re-organisation, improvement in financial management processes, systems implementation and responding to system-wide reform of the NHS.
  • Expert knowledge of financial management in a healthcare environment, and of the implications of the changing financial regime in the NHS.
  • Experience of the provision of reports to a range of users including Trust Boards
  • Expert at training finance and non-finance staff in financial management, and demonstrating own activities to new or less experienced employees in own work area
  • Experience of leading, managing and developing teams
  • Broad range of finance exposure covering financial services and financial management
  • Expert knowledge of internal and external Audit, and experience in managing internal and external contracts
  • Knowledge and experience of the use of office software and complex financial systems and proficient in their use.
  • Expert theoretical knowledge of accounting, NHS accounting and Public Sector accounting policy
  • Expert knowledge of financial and accounting procedures, financial & other aspects of legislation and NHS finance policies and regimes
  • Extensive senior financial management experience with relevant experience within an NHS Finance Department
  • Expert knowledge of accounting concepts, conventions and policies and the requirements of the NHS financial regime and the legislative framework within which it operates
  • Experience of leading and managing a successful finance team
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of strategic and operational factors impacting on the financial performance of the CBU
  • Understanding of the NHS, its infrastructure and partner organisations
  • Extensive experience in providing impartial detailed financial advice and information to multi-disciplinary clinical and other management teams, obtaining engagement and ensuring key financial concepts and issues are clearly understood
  • Expertise in finance management, management, strategic & staff leadership roles
  • Understanding of the wider NHS Management and Modernisation Agenda
  • Experience of working on major financial projects e.g. service system redesign or reconfiguration, Annual Accounts and the production of Trust Annual Budget
  • Detailed understanding of the NHS Commissioning processes to ensure maximum benefit is achieved by the Trust from these processes
  • Knowledge and experience of strategic and business planning and investment appraisal process
  • Expert knowledge of the Trust's Corporate Governance Framework
  • Knowledge and experience of performance management techniques
  • Participation on various external expert advisor groups e.g. Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting Workshop
  • Experience of the Oracle General Ledger System
  • Experience of managing and developing finance staff
  • Experience of formulating and developing long term strategic plans, often involving uncertainty that may impact on the whole organisation
  • Expert knowledge relating to the development and use of Service Line Reporting and Patient Level Costing (PLICS) within the NHS
  • Extensive experience of providing financial advice and guidance to finance and non-finance managers, ensuring clarity of message in a non-technical manner
  • Experience of planning and managing a broad range of financial services, including developing financial policies and procedures that impact not only on finance team but also Trust wide.
  • Experience of dealing with highly complex sensitive or contentious information, coupled with strong negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage a course of action



  • Excellent communication, influencing & negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop sustainable relationships with key partners of the Trust including other trusts, commissioners and regulators.
  • Ability to influence a range of stakeholders including Directors and Non- executive Directors of the Trust
  • Ability to plan and manage conflicting priorities for self and department to meet Trust objectives and deadlines.
  • Ability to formulate the Trust's long term financial plans within the wider NHS strategy and context with reference to the Trust's operational framework
  • Ability to balance long term strategic planning with delivery of short term aims
  • Ability to interpret and develop national health policy and local strategies into Trust policy
  • Flexibility and resilience, maintaining a positive approach and with the ability to be fully accountable for decisions and actions.
  • Take difficult decisions and give advice that sometimes conflicts with the views of others
  • Ability to successfully articulate and understand highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in scenarios which may be hostile or highly emotive.
  • Ability to present information and adapt style to communicate effectively with a range of audiences from Board level and to non-financial teams and individuals
  • Highly developed analytical skills, with the ability to handle increasing complexity and make good quality judgements and decisions on the basis of analysis.
  • Evidenced strategic thinking ability and application.
  • Specialist level of technical accounting knowledge and skills and their application within an NHS and commercial setting.
  • Ability to work within and lead teams within a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Ability to deal with new and unprecedented situations calmly and effectively to formulate and deliver the optimum outcomes for the Trust.
  • Project management and change management skills.
  • Good IM&T awareness, and excellent computing skills.
  • Ability to challenge the use of systems, (including IT) and manage the implementation of other systems where required to ensure optimum results



  • Strong personal integrity
  • A leadership style that empowers staff
  • Mental and emotional effort and an ability to regularly concentrate on highly complex issues for sustained periods of time.
  • Ability to cope with numerous and diverse matters and prioritise accordingly
  • A corporate player, able to successfully link strategy and operations
  • Assertive, confident and able to work under own initiative, emotionally resilient.
  • Innovative thinker in the development of alternative delivery methods
  • Works effectively to deadlines
  • Ability to function under pressure and meet deadlines whilst maintaining a high quality of work
  • Patient focussed
  • Commitment to Trust values
  • Flexibility around working hours/ on call availability
  • Able to travel across the region, and nationally as required
  • Occasional requitement to move office equipment
  • Regular requirement for long periods of concentration are required when exploring reports for accuracy
  • Frequent interruptions in the form of telephone enquiries and support required from colleagues
  • Requirement to deal with difficult discussions concerning budgets both internally and with external stakeholders
  • Requirement to use VDU equipment for majority of the working day

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Knowsley Community College

Stockbridge Lane


L36 3SD

Job ID: 73903341
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