Financial Accountant

Care Quality Commission
Full Time
£37,694 - £45,092 a year
Posted 25 days ago
Job description

Grade B - £37,694-£45,092 (National Framework) or £42,863-£50,261 (London Framework – if you are London office based or homebased and live within the boundary of the M25).

Contracted Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week with potential for flexible working patterns to support an effective work-life balance.

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: This role is homebased, however we are also able to consider office-based and flexible working arrangements. All of our Homeworkers are kitted out with everything they need to comfortably work from home and there is also an additional homeworking allowance of £529 per annum for those working from home.

Closing date: Monday 1 May 2023 at 11.59pm

This role is NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

What we can offer you...

Your health and wellbeing are important to us and are supported through generous annual leave (starting at 27 days and rising with service to 32.5 days, plus 8 Bank Holidays), a cycle to work scheme, discounted gym vouchers and access to a free employee assistance service 24 hours a day. We also understand the importance of financial health and offer membership of the NHS pension scheme, contributing about 20% of basic salary. You will also be able to access discounts to supermarkets, high street stores, electronics, fleet cars, plus we also have an internal reward scheme which could see you earn yourself a voucher or two! All of our homeworkers are also kitted out with everything they need to comfortably work from home.

We want to support you to succeed and be your very best and we’ll support your professional development with sponsorship of professional qualifications in addition to the payment of subscription fees. We also offer internal opportunities for training and development along with the support of experienced managers and mentors.

We want to make working for CQC a great experience for everyone, and to role model a diverse and representative culture. To support an inclusive environment where colleagues feel empowered to bring their whole self to work, we support a variety of staff networks, including the Race Equality Network, LGBT+ Equality Network, Carers Equality Network, Disability Equality Network and Gender Equality network.

Are you committed to helping us regulate health and social care within England?

When thinking about what drives you every day in your job, what keeps you motivated and passionate about your work what comes to mind? For 3000+ people at the CQC we end each day knowing that we have made a difference to the lives of those most in need in our communities. We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve. We are looking for people who are caring, demonstrate integrity and work well as part of a team to join with us and share in this sense of achievement. If you would like to help us make a positive impact to health and social care within England, then read on.

Why this could be a great role for you….

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified accountant to work within our dynamic finance team and develop a career within the Public Sector in a role that is key to delivering CQC’s statutory reporting and supporting decision making.

The Financial Accountant leads a small team that is responsible for the production of our statutory accounts, quarterly reporting to the Department of Health and Social Care, fixed asset and lease management, and VAT returns.

You’ll play a lead role in liaising with external audit, produce cash flow forecasts and maintain an accurate fixed asset register.

What you will bring…

You will be a forward thinking qualified accountant with a passion for finance and continuous improvement, who has experience of building effective working relationships, including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

You will have experience of producing Statutory Accounts to strict deadlines, be confident applying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and have a good understanding of financial controls.

You will also be confident liaising with internal and external stakeholders, have an ability to work autonomously, lead effectively and support decision making to allow CQC to achieve its Finance strategy.

We would encourage you to use the Additional Information section of the application form to demonstrate that you have the relevant skills and experience required for this specific role.


Prepare the Statutory Accounts and quarterly monitoring returns to DHSC in accordance with agreed timetables.
Leads in the preparation of supporting information for Internal and External Audits and associated reviews.
Maintain financial control through the reconciliation of key accounts.
Responsible for the monitoring CQC’s financial statements and providing Statement of Financial Position (SoFP) and cash flow forecasts.
Provide a compliant financial accounting service that promotes best practice through the provision of advice, training and documentation.
Manages performance and development for direct reports, sets clear objectives, conducts regular 121’s, ensuring training plans are in place and recognises achievements.
Demonstrate appropriate leadership behaviours to engender CQC’s values and facilitate an engaged and effective working environment.

Essential Skills and Experience:

Qualified Accountant.
Experience of producing Statutory Accounts – ideally in the public sector.
IFRS experience (desirable).
IT literate and advanced excel skills.
Good analytical and interpretive skills with the ability to communicate those results in clear and understandable terms.
Strong stakeholder management skills.
Strong relationship building skills.
Has experience of systems and process design to ensure operations are fit for purpose.
Experience of D365 (desirable).

For an informal discussion or further information about this role, please contact Stuart Mumford, [email protected]

We are committed to being open and transparent around our processes and we endeavour to offer every candidate the opportunity to perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. We seek to support candidates to identify potential challenges and work with them to identify and facilitate reasonable adjustments as appropriate. Should you require assistance and/or would like to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact a member of the team via email: [email protected]

CQC is committed to promoting a fair and inclusive workplace where all our people can flourish and reach their full potential. We know diverse teams allow for a more creative and productive environment and therefore encourage applications from everyone regardless of: age, gender/sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Our Values

Meeting our challenge to be a high-performing organisation
CaringTreating everyone with dignity and respect
IntegrityDemonstrating our passion for ‘doing the right thing’
TeamworkEnabling us to be the best we can

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