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Associate Director of Strategy

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£85,582 to £98,387 a year including HCAS
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
At this exciting time for the Trust, we are looking for a talented individual to join as our Associate Director of Strategy working to the Chief Strategy Officer who is board director.

You will work alongside executive directors and the senior leadership team in the coordination and publication of a new trust strategy which will steer the trust through the next five years.

This role will require someone to work independently across the organisation and with senior partners to ensure the strategy is aligned with our wider system and encompasses our plans for medical services, digital, people and management of our finances over the long term.

Alongside this role, the individual will be required to lead strategic projects to ensure the delivery of the strategy. This will include leading the trust annual business planning process to ensure our services align with our budgets and enable to delivery of the 5-year strategy.

Main duties of the job

We are open to hearing from individuals from a range of backgrounds with a successful track record of strategy work at a consulting firm or in-house strategy work. Experience in the NHS is not essential but may be useful.

The individual may be already operating in a senior position or looking to step into their first director position. The key skills required to be successful in the role will include:
  • Self-starter, skilled problem solver with a can-do attitude, able to deliver at pace and in a highly pressured environment.
  • Exceptional stakeholder relationship skills.
  • Excellent, engaging communicator.
  • Able to work across multi-functional teams to draw key themes.
  • Experience of initiating and delivering complex cross-organisation projects.
  • Experience in managing up and across. This role will require someone to work closely with the board of directors but also with peers and stakeholders, so being able to adapt style to stakeholders will be key.
  • Strong literacy and MS PowerPoint skills ensuring large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data can be distilled and communicated in a simple, effective way.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) covering three hospitals and a range of community services is a leading NHS trust known for its ambitious achievements.

Over the last few years, alongside the pandemic, the trust has delivered a new �100m hospital, implemented a new digital patient record system bringing together 200 IT systems into one, delivered the Frimley Excellence continuous improvement programme and played a leading role in one of the most advanced integrated care systems in the country. The trust has recently been selected to build a �1.3bn hospital to open in 2030 and has large aspirations for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the attached job description and person specification for detailed information on the main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level or have equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuous personal development including leadership development


  • Project management qualification or proven track record



  • Track record of innovation in transformation, developing new models of care, contracting approaches and/or supporting innovative provider development / market management activities
  • Experience of health strategy development and implementation of complex programme delivery
  • Experience of successfully gaining senior stakeholder engagement and/or using account management techniques to develop, communicate and execute business plans, business cases & contracts and to turn strategy into service.
  • Evidence of system wide working and of developing effective networks and strong relationships with clinicians and partners
  • Experience in developing Board-level reports and presentations
  • Track record of planning and delivering a portfolio of projects or programmes of work on time.


  • Demonstrable experience working at a senior level in the NHS or partner agencies.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to motivate a range of stakeholders to take forward effectively complex changes to service delivery
  • Excellent communication skills, ideally demonstrated through experience of writing management reports and project planning documents, and through confidently communicating complex arguments and advising senior colleagues
  • Leadership qualities to engage, motivate, develop and empower others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop, maintain and enhance relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Good audit, research and analytical skills, and related critical appraisal skills
  • Highly competent in change management and programme management methodology to manage transformation with stakeholders at all levels (including senior management) who may hold differing and contentious views.
  • Able to undertake sophisticated analysis of highly complex information from a range of sources (financial, clinical, performance, risk, supply/demand etc)


  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills

Special Requirements


  • Strategic thinking - ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise
  • Highly motivated and resourceful
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously on complex issues
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • High level of political acumen / astuteness - notably having a high level of credibility with peers and partners
  • Able to manage competing demands and produce high quality work to tight deadlines.
  • Has realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development


  • Acute trust on-call experience

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Frimley Park


GU16 7UJ

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