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Main responsibilities-Head of Project Finance Job Description

Head of Project Finance Job Description

Delivery of the financial aspects of the strategic programme.  Includes the responsibility for the preparation of business cases and achievement of internal and external approvals to proceed.  

SKILLS KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE-Head of Project Finance Job Description

 To identify training and development needs of staff and through relevant channels, ensure these needs are met.


 To undertake appraisal for own direct reports and ensure an effective staff appraisal process is implemented throughout the division.


To ensure that staff management arrangements are consistent with HR policies and procedures and to ensure that good practice in recruitment, appraisal, performance management and other policies are maintained.


Project management

 To develop and implement project plans


 To ensure projects reach key milestones, and final completion, within assigned timescales


 To take responsibility for the Investment Policy. This will involve establishing clear roles and responsibilities and providing effective training to a wide group of individuals involved in the preparation of investment business cases,


 To establish structured review meetings and manage all aspects of meeting arrangements.


 Maintenance of an issues log to ensure that all issues are captured, that agreed actions are taken.


Management of staff

 To line manage a  project finance team within the corporate finance department


 To project-manage specific teams working within the Programme consisting of managers and finance, HR and estates personnel.


 To manage and procure external consultants assisting with a variety of projects - including financial consultants, lawyers and taxation advisers.


 To lead, manage, motivate and develop staff so as to maintain the highest level of staff morale and to create a climate within the trust characterised by high standards and openness.


 To ensure the contributions and perspectives of all staff are heard, valued and influence management decision making.

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 Ensure that appropriate communications activity is in place as required.


 Ensure that key internal audiences are kept up-to-date with developments and have the information that enables them to contribute


 To work in collaboration with senior stakeholders to ensure effective communication arrangements exist within the trust and to contribute to the development of effective communication issues


 Regularly update the Executive and board in regards to the progress and effectiveness of the strategy and influence and inform decision making.


 Work with external stakeholders to explore areas of good practice


 To sustain effective working relationships with Directors, and other senior management


 Communicate highly sensitive, complex and contentious information to a range of internal and external stakeholders.


 Use persuasion and motivational skills to influence key decision making and maintain professional communication at all times when dealing with sensitive and contentious issues.


 To constructively challenge senior stakeholders throughout the financial planning process to ensure robustness of project plans.










Budget management

 To ensure that effective management arrangement are in place for the overall Strategic Programme budget.

 To manage project budgets, and ensure projects are completed within this envelope.


Financial modelling

 To lead financial modelling work relating to new developments within the organisation. This will usually involve delegating detailed modelling assignments to other team members or to external advisers, but may require the post-holder to perform some model development personally.


 To develop the specification of financial models developed internally and externally and provide assurance over the robustness of these models.


Analysis and evaluation

 To lead finance analysis of all business cases that post-holder is asked to advise on.

 To ensure that activity modelling is in place that supports financial analysis

 To ensure that local and national market analysis is in place that supports financial analysis.

Knowledge & Qualifications

Educated to degree level or equivalent    

Appropriate professional finance qualification masters qualification or equivalent

Expert knowledge of financial management in a commercial environment


Sustained record of continued professional development


Communication Skills

Developed communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the organisation, at very senior level.














Good presentational skills for conveying complex concepts.

Ability to use informed persuasion to influence others.


Analytical Ability to identify risks, anticipate issues and create solutions and to resolve problems in relation to project or service delivery.


Ability to understand a broad range of complex information quickly and making decisions where opinions differ/no obvious solution


Planning Skills

Evidence of planning and delivering programmes and projects and services on time.


Management Skills Abilities for financial and staff management



Work at a senior level in a large and complex organisation in a finance/commercial role


Significant experience of managing large-scale, high-profile projects

Substantial experience of working autonomously and independently with senior stakeholders to deliver project objectives.

Experience of developing complex and high-cost business cases

Experience of operating through influence and networks rather than direct authority

Experience of procuring and managing professional advisers (e.g. legal and financial)


Skills & Abilities

Excellent skills of influencing, persuasion and negotiation

Strong grasp of, and ability to analyse financial data,

Ability to develop and review financial models

Proven ability to present ideas clearly and succinctly – both verbally (including presentations) and in writing.

Strong analytical and data-evaluation skills, with the ability to solve complex problems

Ability to present complex data in a clear and easily understood format – both verbally and in writing.

Strong grasp of financial data, and ability to develop financial models

Strong political awareness, and evidence of working well within highly sensitive environments

Ability to work flexibly in a fast changing environment

Ability to form excellent relationships with a wide stakeholder base

Good organisational skills and abilities

The ability and credibility to work co-operatively within senior management

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