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Chief Management Accountant

Band 8C

Main area
Finance
Grade
Band 8C
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
308-CORP-0837-A
Site
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Town
London
Salary
£70,641 - £80,554 PA inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59

London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.

 

We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.

 

In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.

 

By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.

Job overview

This is an exciting and challenging position for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, demanding and highly flexible environment.  

The successful candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds from within the NHS or the wider public sector.  This role could be well suited to a candidate who has a strong financial management background and has led teams.  You will have the confidence and gravitas to bring people within the organisation together and have the experience to lead the financial management team.  Having the tenacity and positive style to deliver in a challenging financial environment is critical, as is the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders.

Please contact our recruitment partner Adrian Watts from Allen Lane for an informal discussion.  In the first instance please send your CV and current remuneration to LAS@allenlane.co.uk

Application close date: Monday 21st June

Interview dates: w/c Monday 5th July

Main duties of the job

The Chief Management Accountant is a key member of the finance department who will report into the Financial Controller and support them in leading the finance function.

Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that business partnering is totally embedded in the team’s culture as well as ensuring the team are technically excellent, have a can do attitude, can solve complex problems and challenges as well as work seamlessly with their managers taking joint ownership and personal responsibility for delivering results.
  • Lead annual Budget Setting working closely with the Head of Business Planning and Head of Performance and Analytics to ensure the wider business objectives of the Trust are modelled and fully reflected accurately in the annual financial plan.

Working for our organisation

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest ambulance Trust in the UK. We are seeking someone who will fit with the Trust values of being respectful, professional, innovative and collaborative.

The team works widely across the Trust at all levels up to Board and with a variety of other partners such as external NHS Trusts, commercial organisations, Heathrow Airport, Stadia, Londons Air Ambulance and Healthcare UK and Department for International Trade.

You will, therefore, have the opportunity to join the team at an exciting time of growth and to gain experience of being involved in a varied portfolio.

Annual leave starts at 27 days rising to 33 days, plus bank holidays, in line with agenda for change (NHS terms and conditions).
Employees can access Blue Light (emergency services) discounts as well as NHS discount schemes.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a key member of the Finance management team, take responsibility for:

1. Responsible for the operational management and development of the Financial Management Team. Reporting to the Financial Controller, the post will work closely with the wider senior finance and senior management teams and play a pivotal role in the leadership of the finance function.
2. Ensuring that business partnering is totally embedded in the team’s culture as well as ensuring the team are technically excellent, have a can do attitude, can solve complex problems and challenges as well as work seamlessly with their managers taking joint ownership and personal responsibility for delivering results
3. Lead annual Budget Setting working closely with the Head of Business Planning and Head of Performance and Analytics to ensure the wider business objectives of the Trust are modelled and fully reflected accurately in the annual financial plan
4. Responsible for production of timely and accurate monthly financial management including forecasting information for Trust Board and Budget Holders and work with the Trust’s Programme Management Office (ePMO) in the development and monitoring of Cost Improvement Plans.
5. Working with the Finance Business Partners this post will use high level technical, analytical, presentational, interpersonal and negotiating skills to develop effective working relationships with a range of internal and external senior managers across the organisation, wider NHS and local government.
6. To deputise for the Financial Controller

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education, Experience

Essential criteria
  • CCAB recognised accountancy qualification
  • Significant post qualification experience in a senior accounting role gained ideally in a large audit firm and in a senior financial accounting role.
  • An MBA or equivalent experience of managing part of the Finance function in a large service delivery organisation
  • Undertaken a variety of additional short courses to develop specialist knowledge
  • Significant experience and knowledge gained through working in specialist areas within organisations and from exposure to differing business models
  • Experience of delivering a customer focussed service to ensure that the finance department matches the operational needs of the Trust.
  • Considerable experience of using computer based financial systems in a complex environment. Able to contribute to the ongoing development of financial systems and processes
  • Experience of negotiating and agreeing deadliness and standards and quality of work with other departments
  • Experience in managing the introduction of new reporting systems
  • Experience of identifying change needs and successfully implementing change management
  • Sound understanding of Service Line Reporting in the NHS and experience of its application
  • Specialist knowledge of Management Accounting
  • Specialist knowledge of Business Planning and Forecasting
  • Able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the NHS as a whole, its strategic direction and implications of policy.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Adrian Watts
Job title
Recruitment Partner
Email address
LAS@allenlane.co.uk