About the role


The development and use of technology in the NHS is fast, intense, and exciting, especially in the last year. NHS Digital has been at the forefront of these technology and data advances, and our Finance team is a critical component of this delivery.

Our Finance Team is expanding and we’ve several roles available, it’s an exciting time to join us and help shape our future. This is your opportunity to take a step forward in your career and showcase your talents and passion for the NHS. You will join a diverse team of finance professionals specialising in digital, technology and data and could find yourself working on the very highest profile health technology projects.

The Finance Operations and Systems Team are responsible for ensuring best practise finance processes and systems are in place for all relevant stakeholders, for example, Finance, Portfolio Item Managers (PIM) and the Executive Management Team (EMT).

As Principal Accountant - Finance Operations and Systems you are the senior Finance information systems analysist, ensuring that multiple finance information systems data flows and reporting are accurate and effective.  You will work with project teams to understand and manage on data requirements and integration within multiple systems.  You will apply different techniques to meet business requirements and be able to document and communicate requirements to stakeholders. You will work alongside both internal and external stakeholders during projects and systems implementations and ensure data integrity is maintained across systems.  You will use process analysis techniques to ensure processes are efficient and users understand roles, responsibilities and application.

About you

Some of the key skills and experience you will bring:

  • Significant knowledge of the preparation of statutory annual report and accounts; International Financial Reporting Standards and accounting best practice and audit processes
  • Substantial knowledge and experience of corporate, accounting, financial and IT systems implementations, for example, Oracle, O365, Tagetik, Power BI etc. in large and diverse organisations
  • Proven experience of delivering corporate and finance change projects to ensure lean & efficient systems & processes: meeting the strategic needs of an organisation and operational needs of key Finance & Business stakeholders.
  • Substantial knowledge of best practice end to end finance and wider corporate processes and dataflows to enable efficient processing, management and reporting of financial and corporate data.
  • Proven ability to proactively engage a broad range of stakeholders with experience of building consensus across diverse stakeholders on process change.
  • Strong financial analysis, modelling and presentation skills; a proven experience of manipulating, analysing and controlling large, complex data sets ("single source of truth") through well-controlled financial processes and reporting methodologies and presenting outputs in a meaningful format.
  • Must hold a professional accountancy qualification at Masters level such as CCAB/CIMA 
For further information about the role please refer to the attached Role Profile/Job Description (note: this role is subject to job evaluation).

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.
Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone’s skills to improve people’s lives.
We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.
Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work
Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.  Don't worry if you don’t meet all the criteria we’ve suggested – knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply.

We are recruiting several Finance roles and so would welcome an application from you for as many roles as you are interested in. Please be assured that any applications you may make for multiple roles will not count against you, but we ask that you tailor your supporting statement to each individually.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • We're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • Flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • A generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

We have an inclusive and supportive culture that recognises and values difference. We have a continuous focus on wellbeing and career development, and on valuing both individual and team engagement. We are passionate about our contribution to the effective operation of the NHS and committed to continuous improvement delivered collaboratively with users and stakeholders, embracing innovation and flexibility to adapt to rapidly developing environments.

Next steps

Interviews will take place remotely. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

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