Senior Financial Accountant

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Job type
Closing date
19th May 2024

Job summary

Reporting to the Head of Financial Control, the Senior Financial Accountant is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day financial accounts teams.

Working closely with the Head of Financial Control, you will assist in the lead and co-ordination of the production of the Trust’s Annual Accounts and other returns, in accordance with regulatory, statutory guidance and to reporting deadlines to ensure that the organization fully meets its financial reporting obligations.

You will be the Trust’s expert on all aspects of VAT and you will assist in developing and maintaining systems, procedures and controls to ensure the financial resources of the Trust are in line with the reputation Moorfields Eye Hospital has for clinical excellence.  You will also support the financial and capital programme and fixed asset register, providing expert financial advice on the completion of capital business cases.

Main duties of the job

  • To deliver financial accounting services to the Trust.

  • To assist in the lead and co-ordination of the production of the Trust’s Annual Accounts.

  • To work closely with internal and external auditors to resolve relevant queries

  • Assisting in developing and maintaining systems, procedures and controls

  • Responsible for ensuring that the Trust’s capital programme is correctly accounted for

  • Responsible for implementation and evaluation of accounting policies and procedures with supervision from the Head of Financial Control

  • Work autonomously, interpreting and guided by NHSE/I and accounting guidance and standards

  • Plan projects which impact across financial accounts.

  • Assist in business planning for capital, balance sheet and cash flow to feed into the annual business planning cycle for the organisation.

  • Developing and monitoring budget for financial accounts and authorising spend against it

  • Reviewing and introducing new systems for managing the financial and accounting practices within the financial accounts department.

Working for your organisation

Founded in 1804, Moorfields Eye Hospital is a world-class centre of excellence for eye health services, ophthalmic research and education. We are true pioneers in the fight to cure blindness. Every year we treat more than 750,000 patients at City Road in central London and at 30 satellites, and, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we lead one of the most impactful ophthalmic research programmes in the world. We train many of the leading eye care clinicians in the UK and internationally and we are proud of our global reputation for quality and professionalism in ophthalmic care. In addition, Moorfields operates two commercial businesses whose profits support our NHS work: Moorfields Private and Moorfields UAE.

The Moorfields Way is:

  • Excellence at the heart of Moorfields' purpose and history. It is also fundamental to our future as we innovate at the forefront of eyecare, delivering the best care and experience.

  • Equity means everyone can expect that we will do our best for them - our patients, staff and system partners - providing appropriate, accessible, excellent and sustainable care based on clinical need. Everyone can be confident their voice is listened to in decisions about their care.

  • Kindness means we are friendly and considerate - treating everyone with respect and going out of our way to reassure and give confidence.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant or passed finalist with extensive experience of financial accounting, ideally within a NHS finance department or similar Public Sector or Accounts Practice environment.  You will have experience of producing statutory accounts, advanced Excel skills and the ability to explain highly complex financial issues clearly and concisely to non-finance colleagues. Strong analytical skills and a proactive approach to problem solving are crucial for this role, as is proven leadership experience and the ability to energise, lead and enthuse a small team.

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