Thank you for your interest in the exciting and influential role of Executive Director of Finance at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). I am delighted that you are considering joining us and appreciate you taking the time to read this.
We are at an exciting point in our progression as we prepare to launch our ambitious new strategy which will ensure we deliver our vision of exceptional patient care, delivered by exceptional people.
Rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, we have a lot to be proud of and we want to continue to empower our people to deliver services of excellence by transforming our services and systems.
As the world around us continues to change, we cannot continue to deliver services in the same way as we have done before; our population needs are changing, and demand has never been higher.
As part of the Executive Leadership Team, the Executive Director of Finance will possess a strong understanding of the Trust’s current and desired business model, be able to use this knowledge to provide an independent perspective and to constructively challenge the operations and support functions teams, ensuring that the trust decisions are grounded in solid financial criteria.
The successful candidate will have an inclusive and engaging leadership style and will be able to demonstrate through their behaviour what their values are and how these align to the organisational ones.
We are eager to find an individual with a proven track record in robust financial governance, but also someone who can prioritise and ensure the Trust strategy can be funded and the benefits are delivered through strong corporate insight, governance and performance/programme reviews.
The Executive Director of Finance will be a highly effective individual, with the necessary leadership and communication skills, offering advice and counsel as well as providing a voice of reason.
This is a critical role for us. We are excited about our future. We want someone who shares in this passion and enthusiasm for the Service and can convey and inspire others, balancing the needs of robust financial governance and innovative team working so that the Trust strategy is enabled financially. We hope that you are excited by this challenge too, and as such, you will be inspired to apply.
SWASFT provides a range of emergency and urgent care services to the people of South West of England. We work in a way that upholds the values and pledges of the NHS Constitution and are proud to embrace innovation and actively promote best practice.
SWASFT was the first ambulance service to be authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2011.
Since acquiring our former neighbouring trust, Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) in February 2013, our operating area now covers a fifth of England.
Our geographical area encompasses Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, North and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.
We deliver the Accident and Emergency (A&E) 999 ambulance service across the South West and also provide the following:
We operate from more than 100 sites, including nearly one hundred ambulance stations, six air bases, and two emergency clinical hubs.
The Board is accountable for our vision, strategy, the way we run our services and spend money. We have a unitary made up of 14 Board Members which includes 7 Executive Directors and 7 Non-Executive Directors.
Meet the Board:
As a unitary board, the Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors make decisions as a single group and share the same responsibility and liability. Our Board meet on a monthly basis on the last Thursday of every month.
To view the Board profiles, please click here.
Job title: Executive Director of Finance
Reports to: Chief Executive
Pay band: Very Senior Manager
Directorate: Chief Executive
To view the 2019/20 Annual Report and Accounts please, please click here.
The Executive Director of Finance will:
Duties and responsibilities
The Executive Director of Finance will:
Ensure that all decisions and arrangements made in relation to any aspect of the post accord with the Trust’s standing financial instructions, operational, health & safety and training instructions, and other relevant policies and procedures.
The Executive Director of Finance will be required to establish close and effective working relationships with the Chief Executive; other Executive Directors; the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors; and the senior leadership team.
They will need to understand the key stakeholders of the Trust and ensure that they are regularly and routinely engaged through the Trust infrastructure.
Standard role requirements
Health and Safety
No smoking policy
Records management, confidentiality and security of information
Patient and public involvement
Education and qualifications
Previous Experience (Paid/ Unpaid relevant to job)
Skills, knowledge, ability
Aptitude and personal characteristics
This post is offered on a full-time basis. Headquarters are based in Exeter; Directors are expected to travel as required within the region. An element of home working is possible.
A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate based on their skills and experience.
29 days holiday plus an NHS pension are also included in the package.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to SWASFT. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss this role in strict confidence, please contact Helene Usherwood on +44(0)7719 322 669 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 26th March 2021.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1089
|Closing date:||noon on Friday 26th March|
|Longlisting:||Wednesday 31st March|
|Preliminary Interviews with AQ:||w/c 5th April|
|Shortlisting:||Wednesday 21st April|
|Informal conversation with SWASFT stakeholders||w/c 26th April|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th May (TBC)|