Head of financial services 8c

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Band 8C
Job type

Job summary

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust presents an excellent opportunity to join their finance team, as they look to appoint a Head of Financial Services. This is an exciting time at QVH, as they go through a period of transformation and in this role, you will have a chance to be an integral part of the senior finance team that looks to shape and improve services for the future, creating the best possible care for their patients.

Working alongside senior colleagues and reporting into the Deputy CFO, the successful candidate will help shape strategic plans for the trust moving forward and will support with the development of business cases, to include advising on the highly complex aspects of capital accounting and capital charges, lease accounting and VAT accounting.

As previously mentioned, this is a vital role within the senior management team and requires that the successful candidate be fully qualified with a CCAB accounting qualification. You will be able to demonstrate excellent technical skills, whilst possessing a wide breadth of knowledge and awareness around NHS requirements. You will also have line management responsibilities, so experience in team management and development are required.

Main duties of the job

As Head of Financial Services, you will be responsible for the management and performance of the Financial Accounting and Financial Services teams. You will be interpreting and advising on existing or proposed changes to complex accounting policies and practices surrounding the trust and contributing to the completion of the monthly Provider Finance Returns to NHSEI and to internal Board and Committee reporting. The post holder has responsibility for managing the Trust's cash to ensure the Trust's obligations can be met.

The post-holder must have a specialist knowledge of VAT policy, as they will be responsible for liaising with HMRC to ensure that the Trust complies with VAT rules and guidance, including the submission of VAT returns to deadline, incorporating the more highly complex aspects such as the annual partial exemption calculation and Business Activities review, data that requires analysis and interpretation.

Extensive technical expertise will be required, as the successful candidate will take responsibility for preparing the annual Statutory Trust and Charitable Funds Accounts and audit working papers for the Trust in line with the guidelines and timetable contained in the NHS Group Accounting Manual (GAM) and best accounting practice.

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