Senior Finance Manager (Band 8a) 

Job Details:

Site The Colonnades Town Hatfield Salary £48,526 – £54,619 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845) Salary period Yearly Closing 06/10/2022 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part in our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a ‘completion code’ by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.

About Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), an outstanding organisation with big ambitions; our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country, and were awarded the Mental Health Trust of the Year award by the HSJ in March 2021

Are you an ambitious fully-qualified accountant looking for your next full-time role?

Would you like to work within the Corporate and Support Services section for a highly successful Mental Health and Learning Disability Trust?

The Team

HPFT Finance Department is committed to training, development, and continuous improvement; we are accredited with Future Focused Finance at Level 1, and registered as an Employer for CPD purposes with CIMA, ACCA, and CIPFA. We have a commitment to and history of internal development, with a number of the current senior management team having joined at a more junior level and gained promotions.

We are a well-respected team within the wider organisation, with a strong track record, proven as a previous winner of the HFMA Finance Team of the Year award. Our base is in a newly refurbished suite within the Trust’s Head Office in Hatfield.

Main duties of the job

The Role

  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK’s most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to helping those with mental ill health & learning disabilities enjoy a better future?
  • Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

We are looking for a Senior Finance Manager to join the Finance Team based at HPFT’s Head Office in Hatfield.

The right candidate will be an experienced and qualified accountant; this role is fundamental to the accounting, reporting and performance of a circa £40m Corporate and Central Services budget. The post holder will be considered a Senior Manager in the Finance Team and take an active Continuous Quality Improvement role in both the Corporate Services function and finance team.

Currently staff are working on site 60% of their week and from home for 40%, subject to individual risk assessments.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers – everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…”

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

There has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT following our CQC rating of Outstanding awarded in April 2019. We are on a journey from “Good to Great” as we continue to innovate, improve, transform, and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve. We have a history of performing financially too, having achieved the required Control Totals over the last few years, and delivering surpluses to drive investment.

The post holder is accountable for the senior level management accounting support for Support and Central Services across the Trust. This includes accountability for the management accounts for that area, ensuring the accuracy of accruals, provision of variance analysis, and identification and mitigation of key risks; supporting services to identify and deliver savings targets; monitoring of income, expenditure and activity; and accountability for budget setting.

The post holder will act proactively to identify and resolve risks and significant issues, particularly for areas that have been identified as outliers by benchmarking data, are overspending, have increasing expenditure, or other financial difficulties. They will take a lead in addressing risks with Corporate Heads to ensure the set financial budget is delivered. They will take a lead role for central income, particularly for Health Education England, including Medical income for trainee doctors, as well as other areas of training. The post holder will need to develop and utilise knowledge of Standing Financial Instructions, Standing Orders, current legislation, and HPFT policies and procedures. The post holder will ensure the development of their direct report Management Accountant and work collaboratively with the Finance Managers to support the wider finance team to develop and cover during periods of leave.

Person specification


  • Professional Accountancy Qualification, or degree and equivalent experience in finance position.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with budget holders and Senior Managers in discussing finance and non-finance matters.
  • Evidence of continued professional development – e.g. NHS Finance Personal Portfolio
  • Undertaking or willing to undertake further management courses


  • 3 years of financial management
  • NHS experience and financial regime

“Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK .

It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants .

Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge”

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Job Category: Medicine
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hatfield

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