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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/02/2020.

Associate VAT Consultant

Job Reference: 297-QEF169-20

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
297 CC QEF LTD - VAT Advisory Work
North East/Yorkshire/North West
£24,000 to £30,000 pa


Please note should your application be successful, we will contact you via the email address you have provided on your application form.


All references from current and previous employers will be sought and MUST cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Where possible this should be from two seperate employers. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

PLEASE NOTE it is a requirement of this Trust that all successful applicants pay for their DBS certificate if a check is required for the post. There are two methods of payment either directly through the online portal using a credit or debit card or through deduction from your monthly pay over a maximum of three months.

All new entrants to the NHS will be appointed on the minimum of the pay scale in line with Agenda For Change Terms & Conditions.

QE Facilities (QEF) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust (GHNT), based in the North East of England.

We provide a range of non- clinical services to GHNT and other NHS organisations. Our services include: estates, facilities services, procurement, medical engineering and devices, endoscopy decontamination and sterile services, transport, out-patient pharmacy, and prevention & management of violence & aggression training (PMVA). In addition we provide consultancy services, advising clients on all aspects from establishing a subsidiary company within an NHS body to the delivery of VAT compliance services and advice.

Job Title: Associate / VAT Consultant

Salary: Grade C. £25,500 - £30,000 (negotiable, depending on experience)

Hours: 37.5

Contract: Permanent

Location: North East/Yorkshire/North West

Summary of the Role:


To support the team in scheduling reviews and client meetings, obtain data from clients and prepare the data for the team ahead of the on-site reviews. Once the reviews are complete, undertake work to resolve any queries by contacting suppliers, recording their responses and discussing with the team. Prepare VAT reports from the templates provided.


Assist the team with its business development objectives, identify targets, undertake research, make relevant calls or send emails to perspective clients and maintain schedules detailing the outcomes.


Deliver VAT Compliance Services and provide support to the senior team members in the provision of VAT Advisory Services to NHS bodies nationally. VAT compliance services include the review of client data to determine whether VAT errors have been made under the Contracted-out Services refund scheme in relation to expenditure and under normal VAT legislation (notwithstanding any specific NHS guidelines) relating to income.


Provide support to senior team members in the delivery of VAT advisory services to clients. This will require consideration of the VAT legislation, provision of an analysis, development of a conclusion and then reporting such to the senior team member for discussion including the source of evidence of the legislation and any reference material. The senior team member will be responsible for determining the correct answer and the provision of such to the client.


To support the senior team members in relation to technical helpline responses for client queries.

To help develop client relationships and acquire an understanding of the client’s business.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Nichola Young on tel: 07813 341654 / email:

Applicants who have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date are to assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who may require sponsorship through the UK Border Agency to work in the UK. However, those candidates must be aware that appointment to the post may not be considered if a suitably qualified experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available and/or the post does not attract sufficient points. During the interview process, all candidates will be requested to provide appropriate original documentation to ensure their legal right to work in the UK may be verified.

Candidates who require sponsorship are strongly advised to visit the UK Border Agency website and familiarise themselves with what is required. There is a facility on this site to access the points based calculator and work through an example which should assist candidates in their understanding of the process.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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