Essentia Group - Managing Director

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience VSM
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an exceptional Managing Director to lead the vision for the Essentia Group.

The Managing Director will be expected to effectively manage diverse stakeholder interests and demonstrate a commitment to providing exceptional non-clinical services across south east London. They will also be able to make effective and efficient use of sustainable resources to support the Essentia vision, whilst championing a safe working environment. The Managing Director will also oversee the further capital investment in the community healthcare estate portfolio, with the challenge to enable better integrated care. They will also provide direction on a partnership with Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust to transform specialist cardiovascular care. A chartered engineer or evidence of equivalent technical experience is highly desired.

We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from under-represented groups, including disabled people and members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to improve the diversity of experience within our senior leadership team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is accountable and reports to the Deputy CEO/Chief Operating Officer and shares the responsibility for delivering the strategic goals and objectives for all Capital, Estates and Facilities matters ensuring these are in line with clinical needs of the Trust and ensuring the continual improvement of patient care, quality outcomes and safety.

The post holder has overall responsibility for ensuring that the environment is safe for patients, visitors and staff. The post holder must have highly specialised knowledge of a full range of procedures and practice relating to the provision of this managed service and will provide strategic and expert advice to the Trust on all Estates and Facilities issues.

The post holder is responsible for one of the largest Estates and Facilities functions across the NHS and as such will be required to capture and promote sharing of best practice on a regional and national basis as and operationally at site level.

About us

Essentia provides in-house Estates, Facilities and Capital Management for Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, as well as services for other local NHS providers in both the acute and community setting. The context within which Essentia works is changing, and at pace. There is an unprecedented appetite for collaboration between Trusts, within the Integrated Care System and beyond, and growing interest in Essentia - the organisation of choice for the successful management of high-quality estates and facilities services. In an arrangement between Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospitals, and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trusts', Essentia is providing strategic and operational leadership to the estates and facilities teams across the Trusts..

Employing 1,700 people, Essentia combines exceptionally high standards and public sector values with commercial focus, innovative thinking, and modern technology to create the best possible patient experience. This is an incredibly exciting time to join Essentia. With an ambitious capital programme, a recently built �160 million state of the art cancer centre at Guy's Hospital, and new MedTech and Biomedical Clusters in development, this role offers the opportunity to be at the international forefront of Estates, Facilities and Capital Project innovations. There are also targets to design 'shell and core' buildings which can adapt quickly and easily, so they can be refitted every 10 to 15 years.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To act as professional lead for all Capital, Estates and Facilities mattersand relevant policies and advise the Trust Board, Chief Operating Officer,Trust Executive Team and Clinical Groups. This will include advice on highly complex and key national issues, standards and developments.

To lead the planning, development and implementation of the Trusts Estates and Facilities, Sustainability, Fire, Security and Facilities Management strategies.

To manage large scale strategic, capital planning and operational projectsalong with SLAs and contracts with partner providers.

To deliver all regulatory standards and ensure compliance with nationalstandards and policies.

Provide professional leadership support to and work collaboratively with the Infection Prevention and Control team in respect of design development, cleanliness and the physical environment.

Act as Nominated Director responsible for Fire Safety, Electrical Safety, Water Safety, Lifts, Pressure Systems, Asbestos, Ventilation and Decontamination.

Ensure PLACE standards and PAM assurance criteria are aligned to the Care Quality Commissions expectations of Estates and Facilities services and the provision of patient and staff environments

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master Degree level or equivalent level of experience



  • Have extensive and successful senior management/director level experience in a large and highly complex organisation.



  • Have extensive knowledge and experience or a wide range of management disciplines including finance, people management, commissioning, risk management, performance management, service and change management.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust





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