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Deputy Operations Director

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for highly motivated, innovative senior leaders to apply substantive post as Deputy Operations Director working across the Combined Community and Acute Group.

This is a challenging role, with competing priorities and the need for strong leadership, resilience and interpersonal skills. The post holder will work closely with the Operations Director and senior leadership colleagues to lead change and deliver a range of competing priorities. You will work closely with our Directorate Leadership teams and you will also work corporately, across the Group wider Trust, and the city, to innovatively develop new ways of working within the Combined Community and Acute Group and in partnership with others.

The Care Group is focused on bringing integration to the forefront of delivering truly integrated care for patients whose care transcends primary, community, intermediate and acute care. These are key roles in the delivery of highly effective operational management within services and across the Group working alongside the Executive and Clinical and Senior Management Teams.

The role provides a great development opportunity for aspirant Directors, with regular exposure to a complex agenda, regular opportunities to operate in a board level setting, and working across the health and social care system. We are a supportive team, and there is scope for developing your portfolio flexibly.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the central group business functions
  • To work with, and in specific areas, to lead the Directorate Management Teams to formulate and agree business plans and objectives including capacity planning and delivery of P& E and to ensure that these plans are monitored effectively
  • To develop patient focused services, identifying future financial, capital and workforce requirements and ensuring that contractual, financial and performance targets are met.
  • Utilise and build business intelligence on workforce activity, analyse changes in capacity, demand or other trends or developments that may impact on service provision, make recommendations, action or propose solutions to issues
  • To lead the roll out and implementation of trust wide initiatives within the care group
  • Deputise for the Operations Director and represent the breadth of the Care Group
  • Provide leadership to the initiation and management of service developments e.g. service or capital developments, implementation of changes
  • Provide leadership to programmes of transformational change across the Care Group and support the implementation of service redesign and changes in line with locally agreed and nationally recognised best practice

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of a maximum of twelve months due to maternity leave of the substantive post holder. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts and statutory maternity provisions.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • 5 x Grade C GCSE including Maths and English or equivalent experience/ qualifications.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience/ qualifications.
  • Masters degree or post graduate qualification in management and/or able to demonstrate equivalent learning and practice
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuing personal development


  • Other relevant management qualifications
  • NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
  • Other relevant management qualification
  • Project Management qualification
  • Programme Management qualification



  • Experience as a Senior Manager in an acute or community setting or alternate context with demonstrable relevance
  • Leadership experience, including the delivery of team objectives, team and individual appraisals, recruitment, managing attendance and disciplinary issues
  • Experience of developing models and initiatives related to patient / service capacity and demand management
  • Excellent knowledge and sound experience of managing, monitoring and controlling complex income and expenditure budgets
  • Experience of financial planning and the design and delivery of cost improvement programmes
  • Ability to develop and build effective relationships, negotiate and influence staff at all levels of seniority, including engagement in difficult situations
  • Demonstrate project management experience and delivery
  • Experience of leading the development and implementation of strategic service plans and large scale cross organisation initiatives
  • Experience of managing the delivery of waiting list and patient access targets, capacity and demand management
  • Extensive experience of preparing and presenting complex information, written and verbal to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development, proactively seeking out new learning opportunities


  • Experience of working in services relevant to the Care Group portfolio
  • Training in structured project management
  • Training in Service Improvement techniques

Skillls and Knowledge


  • Highly numerate, confident manipulating and interpreting data
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work proactively and cooperatively with senior management, clinical staff and other staff at all levels
  • Competent in the use of IT packages (word, excel, powerpoint)
  • Skilled in sourcing and analysing hospital data (including waiting list, 18 RTT and demand information)
  • Clear understanding of the use of performance metrics to drive improvement
  • Clear understanding of confidentiality when dealing with matters relating to staff and patients
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise an unpredictable workload with frequent disruptions
  • Flexible approach to working practices
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, an understanding of impact on others and ability to manage self and maintain professional conduct in difficult and challenging situations
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to motivate others and demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness and tenacity
  • Enthusiasm and ability to seek out and resolve problems in order to improve patient care
  • Ability to cope with ambiguity and working in a changing environment
  • Ability to access, analyse and translate to clinical teams, complex data and information in order to facilitate service improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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