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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/01/2021.

Associate Director of Strategy & Business Planning

Job Reference: 387-TS-4508-EC-A

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Strategy & Business Planning
UHBW Trust Headquarters, Bristol
£75,914 - £87,754 per annum

There really has never been a more exciting time to join us; University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust have merged together to be come one organisation. Our newly merged Trust has a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff, aiming to deliver exceptional local services for local people and specialist services across the South West and beyond. Together, we form one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.

Associate Director of Strategy and Business Planning

Band 8D - Maternity cover for maximum of 12 months

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is a leading specialist and local teaching hospital providing services to the people of Bristol and Weston and across the whole of the South West region and beyond.

Our vision is to be the foremost provincial teaching hospital Trust in England, recognised for the excellence of our clinical services, the international standing of our research portfolio and the skills, dedication and teaching capabilities of our staff.

As Associate Director of Strategy and Business Planning, you will ensure that the organisation has a clear future direction and robust, integrated planning processes to ensure successful implementation of agreed strategies and plans.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Strategy & Transformation, you will lead the Business Planning and Commissioning Team and key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide vision, leadership and strategic development expertise to ensure that the organisation is at the forefront of best practice and thinking in its approach to the successful delivery of the 2025 Strategy, Embracing Change: Proud to Care.
  • Lead the annual internal business planning processes ensuring the Trust continues to develop excellence in systems, processes and people.
  • Represent the Trust in the development and delivery of System operational and strategic planning approaches.
  • Lead and support the development of major strategic business cases, including the development of the Trust’s Strategic Capital Programme.
  • Provision of support for Trust Divisions and corporate functions to develop and deliver local strategies, operational plans and policies that support the overall Trust strategy.
  • Responsibility for delivering the strategic planning framework for the Trust, ensuring translation of the Board strategy at clinical service level and monitoring of implementation of strategic and business plans.
  • Responsible for ensuring systems and processes are in place for effective strategy delivery, supporting development of strategic capital development business cases
  • Inform, interpret and present complex planning information and prepare briefing papers to support effective decision-making at the Trust Board, Trust Senior Leadership Team and Governors Strategy Group, as required.
  • Have a lead role in supporting the development and implementation of the system wide Healthier Together programme through Trust strategic and business implementation plans and representing the Trust in Healthier Together processes as required.
  • Position the Trust to be an effective partner in the local health community through your personal leadership contribution and through oversight of the health of the Trust’s key partnerships

To succeed, you will need to understand the business dynamics of managing a high performing NHS Trust, have experience of working within the acute sector or similar environment and be adept at producing stretching but realistic business plans. You will be a self-starter, used to taking the initiative, excel at effective partnership working and building constructive relationships with clinical and managerial leads. This is a high profile role, and it is essential that you bring the drive, strategic planning awareness and communication skills necessary to work at the highest level with internal and external stakeholders.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sarah Nadin - Associate Director of Strategy & Business Planning


University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is CQC rated Outstanding. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West, we have over 13,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services. Working in ten hospitals across Bristol and Weston, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond.

Our hospitals are based across Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, meaning you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, with easy access to all that the South West has to offer.

UH Bristol and Weston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.


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