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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/05/2021.

Associate Director - Strategy

Job Reference: 907-037

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Finance Strategy & Transformation
Manchester and London
£75,914 - £87,754 pa (plus HCAS if applicable)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

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Associate Director - Strategy

Location: Manchester or London

We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London. However, we are all working from home at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices when we are all allowed to do so again.

2020/21 has been the year that has changed the way we view the world we live in, and as a result, here at NICE we are going through an exciting period of change and rapid growth. There could not be a better time to join us.

We have just developed and launched our new 5 year strategy: Dynamic, Collaborative, Excellent and have some exciting and ambitious plans.

As a result of the above we are looking for a skilled Associate Director - Strategy to guide the organisation through this period of dynamic transformation.

As an organisation we all collaborate to achieve the same goal through empowering our workforce to do great things. Health and well-being are a top priority for us because we understand the importance of creating a respectful, supportive, and transparent environment for all our employees.

The Role:

Reporting to Jennifer Howells, the Director of Finance, Strategy and Transformation.

The post holder will:

  • Have responsibility for the Strategy team within the Strategy & Transformation Unit.
  • Lead the strategy team and be a visible leader for strategy development as we engage across the organisation.
  • Have responsibility for the management and delivery of the work of the strategy team.
  • Identify strategic risks and opportunities for NICE, based on developments in national policy, social, economic, and technological developments, and other factors affecting the health and social care system and the life sciences sector.
  • Provide strategic advice and expert input to NICE’s strategy development and refresh.
  • Have a key role working with executive/senior managers to develop and implement strategic plans.

What you will bring to NICE:

Must haves

  • Significant and proven leadership and management experience in the field of strategy at a senior level with an ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Significant experience in developing strategies to meet changing organisational needs.
  • Experience of implementing business and organisational change.
  • Experience of maintaining strong and positive partnership working arrangements.

Nice to have

  • Experience of strategic planning and design of complex strategy development programmes


  • Here at NICE, we are passionate and proud of the work we do and the impact we make.
  • We are committed to producing high quality work and we take collective responsibility.
  • We can offer you a great place to work with good benefits, flexible working, and a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment.

The Department:

The Finance, Strategy and Transformation Directorate provides a range of services to the whole organisation including Finance, Transformation, Procurement, Human Resources, Facilities and Corporate Services.

The team:

The strategy team is a newly created team that works within the Strategy and Transformation Unit. The team is responsible, in conjunction with directorate strategy leads, for the delivery of strategic planning and strategy development across NICE. It will manage strategy activity, to devise new, evidence-based strategic approaches that help NICE to address strategic risks and opportunities and continuously improve the quality of its approach, ensuring that links are made with the wider health system and drawing in representative views.

Informal chats will be available after shortlisting.To arrange an informal discussion please contact: Joanne Bergin, Executive Assistant to the Director of Finance, Strategy and Transformation.

By e-mail or by phone 0161 870 3046

Closing Date: Tuesday 18th May 2021

Interview Date: Thursday 27th May 2021

We are a flexible employer, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any potential for flexible working with your Manager.

Important - Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their CV. Please ensure you provide sufficient information in the profile section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage.

NICE is committed to the equality, diversity, and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Please contact if you wish to discuss any additional needs or reasonable adjustments which may support your success at interview.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
  • We provide a thorough induction programme
  • Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
  • We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
  • We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

Please provide full contact details for all referees within your application form including email addresses. Referees provided must include your current line manager and cover the last two employers.

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

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