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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/09/2020.

Chief Financial Officer – Executive Director

Job Reference: 358-2619741-SR

University Hospitals of Leicester

With an annual turnover of more than £960m and serving a diverse community of one million people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, University Hospitals of Leicester is one of the country’s busiest and largest acute hospital Trusts with a number of nationally and internationally respected services and a reputation for clinical excellence.

We are now looking to appoint a new Chief Financial Officer who is motivated to provide high level leadership and make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the population that our organisation serves.

Our new Quality Strategy – ‘Becoming the Best’, sets out our new approach and key priorities over the coming years and this will underpin the next chapter in our own organisational development, building on the Trust’s strong foundations and considerable potential.  Our commitment to quality will be central to transforming how we provide services and deliver the outstanding care and experience that our patients rightfully expect.  The incoming Chief Financial Officer will in turn be responsible for playing their part in enabling and driving this across the finance function and wider organisation through modelling appropriate improvement focused leadership behaviours and having a visible and hands-on approach.

This period will reflect our desire to develop new opportunities and continue to engage with and support the full potential set out in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Sustainability and Transformation Programme – ‘Better Care Together’. This activity will be underpinned by our clear values and strong commitment and accountability to the local population and their needs, and we will be flexible and adaptable to ensure that the care we provide is entirely centred on the patient.

Like many other organisations in the current challenging economic climate, our Trust has been experiencing some financial constraints and we are currently in discussions with regulators. The underlying causes of these issues are fully understood, and a robust financial plan to address these and take the Trust into a strong, sustainable financial position has already been set in motion.  At the heart of this plan is our aspiration to fundamentally change how we deliver care.  As such the Chief Financial Officer will not only be an outstanding finance professional with a proven track record of collaborating with financial regulators, but will also be somebody who understands how robust financial performance can enable safe, high-quality services.

Proven at NHS board level, you will have the experience and perspective to contribute fully to the Trust’s business as a corporate leader. You will have the ambition to be part of a team that transforms our organisation and the way healthcare is provided to the local community, which extends to working with others across the organisation’s reconfiguration programme to see services consolidated onto fewer sites.

This is a truly exciting and pivotal time to join us as an Executive Director of the Trust Board and will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to make a real difference and ensure the delivery of safe and excellent patient care. The role would suit an established Chief Financial Officer keen to join a successful, innovative organisation, and is a role that goes beyond a traditional finance role with the opportunity to work externally beyond the walls of the Trust.

Candidates will ideally be working in an acute setting and will possess excellent leadership skills and a transformational approach that delivers sustained improvement and will be comfortable in dealing with organisational and system complexity.  We are looking for an individual with a strong value-set; a dynamic individual who is passionate, open and supportive.

Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

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COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is successful. As it is unlikely the Trust would be able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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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