Director of Finance
Leeds GP Confederation
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The Leeds GP Confederation is looking to appoint a Director of Finance as a permanent role being a valued member of the team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone that wants to work with a well-regarded, effective team. Having high standards and behaviours that means a role of this type in the Confederation is highly sought after. The post holder will report to the Chief Executive who holds the Confederations values in the highest of regard.
The Leeds GP Confederation is a thriving primary care organisation. We are part of the Leeds Health & Care Partnership having a key role in making a positive difference for the citizens of Leeds. We have two purposes. Firstly, to be a voice of primary care with representation throughout the cities health & care system. Secondly, as a provider. As such we hold multiple contracts, NHS and council, either on our own or in partnership, in a variety of primary care settings. In addition, we also provide services to practices and PCNs.
The Director of Finance has a dual purpose. It is to have overall responsibility for the organisations finances. Being safe and effective and legally compliant. Aligning financial plans with the overall organisational strategy. The Director of Finance is also a member of the Executive and Board, as such not only brings financial expertise to decision making but is part of the collective endeavour of the organisation to meet its purpose.
Main duties of the job
The main skills of the role are;
To be lead the finance team and finance related discussions and decisions at executive and Board level.
Challenge with the framework of our behaviours.
Ensuring legal and regulatory compliance.
Be able to work with stakeholders and negotiate to achieve mutually agreed positive outcomes.
Stewardship of the accounting system and governance.
Be part of the mechanism that enables the voice of primary care within the health & care system in Leeds. As such being an active member of the wider Leeds Health & Care Partnership.
Seek opportunities to enhance the delivery of our strategic objectives being nimble, open minded, realistic and safe.
The main responsibilities are;
Maintaining financial governance and standards
Financial planning and strategy
Procurement and investment
System leadership and collaborative working
Being part of the executive team that has responsibility for a thriving organisation
The Leeds GP Confederation has three purposes:
- Supporting practice resilience and PCN development We provide expert resource for individual practices in the city to remain viable and resilient, as well as supporting the collective development of primary care networks. Our data, tools, facilitation, and guidance all help you maximise your impact.
- Being a voice for primary care in Leeds. Leeds GP Confederation acts as a single, unified voice for general practice across Leeds. We do this by firstly gathering and representing local general practice views. Secondly, we provide a range of ways for practices and PCNs to contribute to priorities in the Leeds place-based partnership arrangements.
- Delivering services & initiatives Finally, we host at-scale NHS contracts and deliver training and education programmes. Our wealth of experience working with local partners and delivering high quality services means we can provide practices with additional patient access. In turn, this makes better use of NHS resources and means we can reinvest any profits back into local general practice.
For further information, please go to:www.leedsgpconfederation.org.uk
The Director of Finance (DOF) for the Leeds GP Confederation is to be the professional expert on finance ensuring that the Confederation meets all its legal requirements with regards to finance. The DOF is a key leadership role within the Confederation and will advise the Executive members and Strategic Board on the effective, efficient, and economic use of its funds, on remaining within that budget allocation and delivering required financial targets and duties.
The post holder is managerially responsible for the Finance Directorate. The team provides financial, economic and financial management expertise across a range of contracts, services and projects. This post holder has a pivotal role in engaging with stakeholders, negotiating and ensuring appropriate resource provision to them.
Working with the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance is responsible for the Confederations compliance with its financial, accounting information, obligations, and related duties. This includes responsibility for the effective management of the budget.
The role is specifically accountable for supervising the Confederations financial and accounting systems and for advising on the best possible stewardship of funds received. In addition, the DOF has day-to-day responsibility for financial matters including strategy development, governance, and management on behalf of the Confederation.
The role, as with all director roles, will be responsible for representing Primary care and being a voice of Primary Care at the ICB. Support Practice resilience & PCN development and support the sustainability of general practice. Enable the Co-ordination for PCN involvement in wider city structures and aid the implementation of ICB decisions agreed by GP representatives.
Responsible for the Provision of services on behalf of PCNs through development of initiatives, that support practices and ensuring value for money and management of independent income streams for Confed resilience as part of the financial sustainability plan.
Being an active member of the Leeds Health & Care Partnership including its finance colleagues. The finance team and its leader (this post) is required to be at the forefront of knowledge and expertise in NHS system change developments able to respond quickly, flexibly and effectively to big change challenges and requests for support from disparate areas. The post holder needs to ensure that their team is dynamic and able to draw on a variety of networks (internal and external to the Leeds GP Confederation) and capable of seamlessly partnering with others, both inside and outside the Confederation and the immediate Leeds health system, to make connections and provide and engage expert resources to enable change.
As a member of the Confederation executive, the Director of Finance also has a shared responsibility to ensure that the Confederation exercises its functions in accordance with good governance and within the terms of the Confederations articles of association as agreed by its members.
Ensure strong partnerships with commissioners and external providers, providing advice and leadership on issues relevant to contracts. Maintaining strong relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
Lead of corporate governance and compliance ensuring all financial and accounting duties are fully compliant maintaining and updating articles of association and shareholders/holdings.
Work closely with other members of the Executive to develop and implement new services ensuring that all necessary and relevant information is available and considered before any decisions are made.
Challenge as appropriate potential decisions to ensure the Financial Sustainability of the Confed is protected at all time and that processes are followed to ensure correct governance and compliance.
Strong communication is key to the success of the organisation and as such the Finance Director will ensure various methods of communication are used to be certain that complex financial information is fully understood and that the bigger picture is being considered not services/projects in isolation. Effective communication includes building strong relationships internally by means of regular calls and meetings with colleagues and the finance team.
Main purpose and duties
- The Director of Finance is the Confederations professional expert on finance and will ensure through robust systems and processes the regularity and propriety of expenditure is fully discharged.
- Day to day financial management and leadership of the Finance Function for the Confederation, to undertake a range of activities and provide financial leadership and expertise on behalf of the Confederation to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for providing financial advice to the Confederation and for supervising financial control and accounting systems.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for making appropriate arrangements to support, monitor and report on the Confederations finances, and overseeing robust audit and governance arrangements leading to propriety in the use of Confederation resources.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for advising the Exec and Strategic Board on the effective, efficient, and economic use of its budget to remain within that allocation and deliver required financial targets and duties, and to promote continuous evaluation of existing services and development of alternatives that offer greater benefits.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for producing the financial statements for publication in accordance with legal requirements and to demonstrate effective stewardship of public money and accountability to taxpayers when required.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring the Confederation achieves required performance targets, advising of associated risks and the development of corrective action plans as required, and facilitating the achievement, monitoring and management of performance targets.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for the reporting of financial performance information for internal and external requirements.
- The Director of Finance is responsible for the oversight and effective development and management of contracts as agreed with the Chief Executive.
- The role is additionally responsible for the design & implementation of a comprehensive financial Tracking, Monitoring and Reporting process across the Confederation where appropriate that will be related to contracts and projects.
- Provide strategic finance leadership and expertise in all aspects of the development of all finance plans including financial and contract modelling, technical financial guidance on pathway redesign impact assessments and providing the Confederation leadership with a clear understanding of options and impact to support their decision making processes.
- The role includes being the line manager for the Finance Team which will act as a pool of finance experts of a range of levels of ability and support to the programmes and projects undertaken initiatives across the wider health system.
- Be the lead Finance expert on all processes and projects involved in developing, identifying and setting up programmes for the Confederation. This will involve the ability to fully interpret and understand complex provider and patient pathway information and translate these into detailed financial and economic models to then be used to as the basis for making recommendations for change and evaluating the system wide impact of changes.
- Working with external accountants to ensure corporate compliance regarding details filed with companies house and some duties commensurate with that of the company secretary.
- Ensuring strong relationships both internally and externally
- Contract negotiation and development of tenders/bids for new services
- Horizon scanning and strategic financial planning and business development
- Provide support and challenge- critical friend in all meetings to continually protect the Confed and highlight potential risks and mitigations.
- Effectively manage Conflicts of Interest
- Deputise for the Chief Executive Officer as and when required.
- Effectively communicate explain and deliver financial sustainability plans.
- To lead the development of the Confederations financial strategy.
- To maintain the financial stability of the Confederation as an organisation and to ensure it meets its financial objectives.
- To ensure that the Confederation is advised of, and complies with, legal and other financial duties and responsibilities.
- To ensure that all parts of the Confederation operate to the highest standards of financial management and performance criteria.
- To lead the development of first-class financial management, and performance and information systems at every level of the Confederation.
- Develop and agree the budget setting framework for the Confederation.
- To advise the Services Committee and Workforce Committee on all matters relating to effective Internal Control including audit, counter-fraud, and assurance.
- To ensure that where financial performance is unsatisfactory, robust recovery plans are developed and delivered.
- To provide professional leadership to the finance and performance function and staff with a particular focus on improving professional standards through training and development.
- Contribute to the establishment of a culture in which innovation is promoted and best practice is actively shared and adopted.
- Manage the effective identification of financial risks