Assistant Director, Financial Planning and Contracts

Southampton, United Kingdom
£56,048 to £69,961
06 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £56,048 to £69,961
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 05 July 2023
Interview Date:   Tuesday 18 July 2023
Reference:  2302223VB

Are you a qualified CCAB accountant looking for the next step in your career? Do you want to work for an organisation funding Health and Social Care Research that makes a real difference? Then join us as Assistant Director- Financial Planning and Contracts!

This is a brand new role within our National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Coordinating Centre that will help lead, develop and manage our finance team. You will form part of our expanding senior leadership team to ensure we continue to meet the needs of the NIHR, patients and the public now and in the future. 

Who are we?

The NIHR Coordinating Centre based within the School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation (HEI) is the largest enterprise contract within the University of Southampton.  We help to fund, enable and deliver world-leading research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth. We are also a major funder of applied health research in low and middle income countries.  

What is the role?

The postholder will be responsible for leading the interface for contract financial planning between our contract governance and workforce leads. The postholder will be a member of the contract management and planning executive governance group within the Centre. You will also provide strategic leadership to the finance team to ensure they deliver on contractual obligations and provide a quality service to our stakeholders and ensure University financial practices are adhered to. You will also develop and maintain strategic oversight of our NIHR contract, assess any financial risks and advise on the implications for delivery and future retender. 

What are we looking for?

You will be a CCAB qualified accountant with significant post-qualification experiences. You will have proven experience of managing significant change in complex, national, public sector/government cross-organisational environments and It will be advantageous to have worked in a policy-sensitive environment. Other key skills to be successful in this role include: 

  • Expertise in financial modelling and forecasting
  • Experience of business planning and continuous improvement 
  • Able to work proactively and manage conflicting priorities
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt your style to engage with a variety of stakeholders
  • Able to confidently work with and influence senior people of national standing

How do we look after you?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so why not listen to our staff talk about what it is really like working here:

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We know that the world of work has changed and are open to flexible working arrangements and we currently work in a hybrid way with a minimum of 20% of your time spent in the office. 

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Application procedure: 

Please include your CV and a cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the role and your relevant experience. If you need any assistance, please email  Please quote reference 2302223VB.

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