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Accounting Associate

Job Posted: 7 December 2023
Job Updated: 8 February 2024

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Job Title: Accounting Associate    

Function: Financial Control

Location: Alfreton/Nottingham – Hybrid

Type: Permanent

Job Ref: 649

Salary:  £24,735 with potential to rise to £29,100 over 3 years

Closing Date: 29th February 2024


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for a Financial Accounting Associate


Purpose of the role


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for a Financial Accounting Associate.  This is an exciting opportunity to help provide accurate accounting and reporting across various operating units, to internal and external stakeholders enabling timely decision making. In addition, the Accounting Team will be responsible for ensuring robust controls around numbers reported in the financial statements. 


As a Financial Accounting Associate, you will support accounting for specific operating units and ensure that numbers included in the general ledger are accurate, timely and can be supported.


What does an Accounting Associate do at NHS Supply Chain?




Helping prepare monthly figures for a specific operating unit, ensuring accurate reporting and accounting.

Maintain processes and controls to ensure all transactions are recorded accurately, timely and in accordance with agreed accounting standards.

Preparing, verifying and ensuring all balance sheet accounts are supported and reconciled with working paper files.

Providing monthly reporting to key stakeholders of all relevant P&L codes in accordance with relevant timetables, adding insight where relevant

Ad hoc financial analysis and project support as required.

Liaising with auditors as required, to provide necessary information and resolve queries.

Continual review of processes and procedures associated with the Accounting Team to drive continuous improvement.

Helping prepare monthly cashflow forecast statements.

Completing Monthly Maintenance contract and Capital deal reconciliation in a timely manner

Preparing and posting Capital and Maintenance journals 

Liaising with the Maintenance Rec and DH fund teams to investigate variances within the recs.

Assisting the Operating unit with the integration to Oracle Cloud



What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?


Core finance knowledge, with in-depth awareness and understanding of accounting standards and technical guidance.

Proven experience of general ledger accounting and application of accounting standards

Ability to produce and review working papers and reconciliations.

Good attention to detail with ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload to meet agreed deadlines.

Intermediate Excel Skills essential (Pivot Tables, Lookup Formulae)

A professional accounting qualification would help but is not essential, If the employee chooses a CIMA qualification would be available to them. 


How you’ll work


Hybrid working; a blend of home and office working 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home.


In return for your passion, enthusiasm, and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:


Performance led annual bonus scheme

27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional 5 days

Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 6% employee / 12% employer contributions of your base salary)

Access to Flexible Benefits Scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you

2 days paid Volunteering Leave

1 day paid Wellbeing Leave

Long Service Awards

Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts

Flexible working options

National Annual season ticket purchase scheme

Eye Care vouchers

Access to a free 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


We are a part of the NHS family, and our role is to source, deliver and supply healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales. We make sure the products we supply are always safe, quality assured and delivered efficiently.


We’re always listening to the people who use our products, so that we’re aware of the changing needs across the NHS. In all, we serve every NHS Trust and operate a national network of distribution centres. We also manage relationships with more than a thousand suppliers, delivering more than 8,000,000 orders each year to more than 17,000 locations.


And by doing all of this on behalf of the NHS, this gives NHS staff more time to focus on their main priority of proving excellent patient care.


Our, Purpose, Vision and Strategy are clear. We provide direction, leadership, and commercial focus to improve health outcomes.


Vision: To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first


Purpose: Our role is to support the NHS to save lives and improve health




Be Authentic

Be Inclusive

Be Driven

Be Enterprising

Be The Difference


Other Information

SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.

For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit:

For an informal discussion about the role in confidence please email us at


NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer

SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.

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