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Finance Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Financial management
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House, 80 London Road, SE1 6LH
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum
19/08/2019 23:59

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer?  Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in the NHS Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

Working within the NHS National Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England.  Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients.  We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients. 

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the Long-Term Plan for the NHS provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future. 

The Finance Manager will be based in the Strategy and Programme Management team which is responsible for programme management within the NHS Cancer Programme and developing national cancer policy and strategy. This is an exciting, cross-cutting team that is central to ensuring that the programme delivers at the highest level.

Are you the right person for the job?

The successful candidate will have excellent financial management skills and an ability to engage with teams and colleagues across the programme in order to support the delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide and present comprehensive financial management information on a range of technical and sometimes complex issues to senior members of the programme team and wider organisation. This includes developing integrated performance reports, including analysis of trends and forecasting.
  • Support the Finance Business Partner and liaise with the Procurement Business Partner to produce and review the monthly budget reports, ensuring these reports are produced within the agreed timetable, are robust and take account of all appropriate forecast spends and accruals, re-forecasting on a quarterly basis or as required.
  • Lead on monitoring Cancer Alliance delivery and spend via the quarterly assurance reporting process. Provide advice and input to relevant papers to ensure governance groups are sighted on spend and can make informed decisions regarding release of funding.
  • Lead on the submission and monitoring of funding transfers and other funding requests to Strategic Finance.
  • As an integral part of the strategy and programme management function, work with teams across the NHS Cancer Programme and the organisation during business planning to develop the annual budget for a range of specialties/areas to ensure services are planned within available resources.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to colleagues in the NHS Cancer Programme on procurement matters, ensuring the programme is supported in navigating NHS England’s systems and processes. Develop the procurement pipeline and prepare business cases.
  • Work closely with the Deputy PMO Manager to ensure all areas of programme management activity function in a smooth and timely manner. Provide cover in the absence of the PMO manager or Deputy PMO manager where necessary.

We are looking for candidates who can evidence: (See person specification for further detail)

  • Knowledge of Financial Systems e.g. monitoring budget management, processing invoices and procurement within the NHS or larger public sector
  • Experience of using Oracle, or similar, to raise purchase orders and creating reports.
  • Significant experience of successfully operating in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including health professionals, senior managers, people affected by cancer, third sector organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience of co-ordinating projects in complex and challenging environments.
  • Clear communicator with excellent written and presentation skills; capable of constructing and delivering clear ideas and concepts concisely and accurately to a diverse and varied range of audiences consisting of internal and external stakeholders.

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Richard Brown, PMO Manager: