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Deputy Chief Finance Officer

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an outstanding and talented individual to join our senior management team in the role of Deputy Chief Finance Officer. The individual being technically competent and already knows what good looks like and has the ability to handle data which will be a foundation for you that will drive change. Unlike many organisations we do not lack information or opportunities, but we do need to provide more and better financial support for the organisation to translate these into actions.

The role offers a unique opportunity for you to use strategic financial management skills to impact the organisation. Because it will have an impact, the role is demanding and offers you a chance to hone skills that will be essential when you yourself join a Board as a CFO a journey which you will be supported on.

Last financial year the organisation for the first time ended with a deficit, which the Board as a whole is determined will not become structural. This presents an exciting and interesting challenge for a person who is being empowered to support a finance function and profession to face into such a challenge.

This post will be based at Heatherwood Hospital although it is a cross-site role with responsibilities at all sites. The post manages a team across Finance, Contracting, Procurement, Information governance and will support the largest New Hospital Scheme in the country providing strategic, commercial, tactical and governance advice to the programme.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the financial control, strategy and management. The post holder will apply financial techniques and coordinate supporting technical information.

A key part of the role the post holders role is to ensure that Finance, Planning, Contracts and procurement services teams work together to ensure the Trust maximises the commercial and operational opportunities from activity, controls and performance.

The post holder will lead to coordinate, develop and modernise functions, approaches and engagement with clinicians and stakeholders in particular. In fulfilling the role, the post holder will proactively work closely and in partnership with the Chiefs of Service, Board Members as well as leaders and managers across the Trust, providing strategic advice, as well as challenge to ensure the on-going health and long-term sustainability of the organisation.

About us

There's never been a more exciting time to build your career at Frimley Health, one of the country's largest and most respected trusts

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement. We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

We continue to invest in our services and facilities, including a �10 million upgrade to the hospital maternity unit as well as �49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site. The opening of a brand new �100m state of the art hospital which replaced the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood and are planning to invest further in diagnostics and inpatient capacity at Frimley Park.

We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and we will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. Our new EPR - Epic - went live in June and we are already beginning to reap the benefits of this ambitious investment.

Our threecore values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other.

If you have a passion for clinical excellence, patient care and your own career development, you'll feel at home at Frimley Health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification within the candidate for details on main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Expert specialist knowledge of financial and accounting including current legislation and NHS accounting policies.
  • Experience of setting up governance arrangements
  • Recent and substantial evidence of financial improvement
  • Evidence of leading productivity programmes and of supporting organisations through ongoing change and development programmes



  • Qualified to MBA / Masters degree or equivalent experience.
  • Professionally qualified accountant (CCAB Membership)

Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to analyse detailed, highly complex data and information, including preparing responses to issues, weighing risks and forming judgements often within tight timescales.
  • A proven track record of strong leadership that delivers effective change at senior level, both within the financial and more broadly as a corporate leader
  • A high level of communication skills, to include but not exclusively, mediation, negotiation, consultation, facilitation, presentation, training and coaching skills using well developed interpersonal skills to influence, inform, reconcile differences and resolve conflicts


  • A strong understanding of the healthcare sector, whether gained through the NHS, commercial sector, or both

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Heatherwood Hospital,



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