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Lead Financal Accountant

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  • Sector:

    Public Sector & Not-for-Profit, Finance & Accountancy

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  • Salary:

    £54764 - £63862 per annum

  • Consultant:

    Jessi Pabla

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

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Role: Lead Accountant Financial Accountant

Location: East Midlands

Type: Permanent - Hybrid working (1 day in the office a week)

Salary: £54,764 - £63,862

Lead Financial Accountant required to join a well-respected, ambitious and established organisation based within East Midlands. My client is looking for an enthusiastic individual who has extensive NHS Financial Accounting experience combined with managerial experience.

In return of contributing to this Organisation's success, you will be rewarded with, a generous package, brilliant holiday allowance, great pension scheme and the opportunity to progress. My client is forward thinking and is offering agile working and flexibility with working hours.

As a Lead Financial Accountant you will be:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the Trust's Standing Financial Instructions and the related Scheme of Delegation are robust, up to date and consistent with the Trust's Standing Orders
  • Responsible for the technical robustness of the Trust's monthly and annual balance sheet reporting and for ensuring that the reported results are derived from, and are consistent with, the underlying financial records
  • Responsible for preparing timely and accurate statutory accounts for the Trust and any subsidiaries, ensuring compliance with the necessary financial reporting standards
  • Recognised as the lead technical accounting advisor within the Trust, providing advice to finance and non-finance colleagues
  • The Lead Finance officer for leasing, working with the Capital Development Accountant and the Capital Accountant to ensure the correct application of accounting treatment under IFRS16 to all the Trust's leases
  • Responsible for the VAT and corporation tax compliance of the Trust
  • Lead accountable officer for preparing IR35 off payroll assessments of interim staff prior to their engagement and advising HR and the Director of Operational Finance accordingly
  • Responsibility for the development and review of financial systems to ensure that the financial planning function can provide a comprehensive and effective service to the Trust
  • Lead the project implementation team for major upgrades and re-implementations of the system
  • Act as the Freedom of Information co-ordinator for Finance.
  • Liaise with Human Resources, Audit and NHS Counter Fraud in relation to any inappropriate use of the Trust's Finance & Procurement system
  • Manage the process to provide timely, accurate and high quality information to the external auditors to enable them to undertake their audit of the financial statements and provide the necessary audit report and opinions to the Trust and any of its subsidiaries
  • Maintain effective working relationships with the Trust's internal auditors to enable them to effectively deliver their audit plans in relation to financial services
  • Monitor the Trust's cash flow using short and medium term forecasts. Take appropriate action to ensure that sufficient cash is available at all times to meet operational needs.
  • Ensure that the Trust meets its External Financing Limit and other cash targets
  • Ensure that cash forecasting is reported to Board and finance committee level which clearly details the actions planned as well as the potential risks
  • Lead responsibility for preparing monthly, forecast and planned valuations of non- operating items, for inclusion in the Trust's financial plan and year end forecasts
  • Act as the National Fraud Initiative Lead for Finance
  • Participate in regular directorate operational senior management team meetings and deputise as required for senior colleagues, attending Trust committees and meetings as required
  • The post holder will be expected to take part, and in some instances lead, on a number of NHS modernisation initiatives

Required skills and experience of the Lead Financial Accountant:

  • Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA or Certified) and current registration with professional body plus equivalent, further specialist training and experience
  • Significant experience at management level in a Finance department within the NHS
  • Experience of producing year-end NHS financial accounts
  • Experience of managing charitable funds
  • Experience of managing staff across a range of different activities
  • Demonstrate the capability to maintain financial control
  • Proven high level of communication skills using a range of methods including written, verbal and presentations
  • Able to communicate confidently and effectively at all levels both internally and externally, orally and in writing. Able to adapt the communication approach to the audience (i.e. finance or non-finance background)
  • Detailed knowledge of a full range of NHS financial services

If you believe you have the necessary skills, ambition and experience for the Payroll Officer role, please apply now, or contact Jessi Pabla at Sellick Partnership. With the department workload increasing due to success of the organisation, my client is looking for a relatively quick appointment.

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