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Band 9 Director of Economic, Commercial and Business Development

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£99,891 to £114,949 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 9
Contract Type
Full Time
Health Innovation West Midlands (HIWM) is looking to appoint a Director of Economic, Commercial and Business Development to lead the contribution of innovation, business and commercial expertise development to all HIWM activities.

As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, this role will lead on all aspects of Economic Growth, as well as have considerable influence on organisational strategy, annual plans, operational practices, and future organisational sustainability.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a deep commitment to improving health and economic growth, who has a desire to deliver impact for the people of the West Midlands.

The role would suit someone who can influence and shape the innovation ecosystem making HIWM a partner of choice for local, regional, national and international life science, medical technology and digital industries.

Given our dynamic operating context, we are looking for an enthusiastic professional who is outcome focussed and enjoys working collaboratively.

The role will have a specific focus on Economic, Commercial and Business Development in the West Midlands, in addition to providing HIWM portfolio of programmes and services with commercial leadership, strategic direction, performance management and governance throughout their lifecycle.

The Interview will take place on the 29th July.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Management Board the post holder will participate in Board level governance and leadership of the organisation.

As the Executive Lead and Sponsor of the Office for Life Science Commission, the post holder will provide pro-active Executive support all NHS England Commissions, and ensuring that the strategic direction of all commissions is influenced, and the innovation and economic, commercial and business implications and requirements understood, and complied with.

The post holder will draw on their knowledge of leading teams to grow and diversify income through effective economic, commercial and business development activities, with the ability to be effective at both a strategic and operational level.

The post holder will ensure the organisation has access to and where necessary leads the development and operation of, an effective network(s) of innovation, digital and commercial experts, to support and enable successful development of organisational strategy.

As part of a 'one organisation' culture contribute to the shared responsibility to: -

* Generate income and a pipeline of proven innovations

* Ensure delivery of our annual business plan and key performance indicators

* Identify and mitigate organisational risks

* Ensure effective management of our relationships with key stakeholders

* Provide leadership and management to the Senior Leadership Team and colleagues across the wider organisation.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Master's degree or equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience.
  • *Further academic/ personal development and/ or on-going professional development.
  • *Professional knowledge plus additional specialist, commercial management knowledge acquired through training and experience to masters level or equivalent.
  • *Management / Clinical / Commercial / Research qualification



  • *Significant relevant executive level strategic and operational management experience.
  • *Experience of establishing, operating and adapting effective governance practices and processes.
  • *Experience of working at the leading edge of innovation
  • *Experience of working within or with the innovation, digital and commercial sectors.
  • *Experience of identifying the need for and establishing and/or evolving relevant expert networks to support innovation and service development.
  • *Experience of implementation of a digital / data programme.
  • *Experience of active participation and impact within NHS and/or innovation, digital and commercial national and regional networks.
  • *Experience of leading commissioning and contract negotiation, service level agreements, assurance and compliance within the NHS, social care and/or academia.
  • *Significant relevant general management experience at a senior level in complex environment.
  • *Experience of leadership in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • *Experience of motivating and inspiring staff to work together to achieve a common objective.
  • *NHS political and cultural awareness.
  • *Social care and academic sector political and cultural awareness.
  • *Demonstrable understanding and ability to deliver the range of functions covered by the job description.
  • *Ability to build a highly functioning team.
  • *Able to delegate effectively.
  • *Previous responsibility for strategy, operational plan and budget development, management and assurance.


  • *Experience of working at Board level.
  • *Experience of leading in a visionary, dynamic, highly ambitious and fast paced complex organisational environment.

Additional Criteria


  • *Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and engage others on highly complex matters within a range of subject areas and in difficult situations and with a flair for adapting tone and message for different audiences (e.g., Clinical, non-Clinical, Commercial, mixed).
  • *Ability to engage and influence a broad range of professional groups at all levels of seniority.
  • *Proactive, creative and flexible approach to identifying and taking forward opportunities, shaping new ideas and partnership.
  • *Able to prepare and produce concise and insightful communications for dissemination to senior stakeholders.
  • *Ability to provide, convey and present highly complex, sensitive and/or contentious information.
  • *Strong people management skills, including performance management and professional development.
  • *Political nous and the ability to negotiate on behalf of the HIWM.
  • *High-level problem-solving skills and the ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands.
  • *Very strong organisational, analytical and time management skills, with good attention to detail.
  • *Ability to analyse numerical and written data, assess options and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • *Ability to analyse highly complex facts and situations and develop a range of options.
  • *High level critical thinking skills.
  • *Demonstrates sound judgement in the absence of clear guidelines or precedent.
  • *Ability to work on own initiative and organise workload, allocating work as necessary, working to tight and often changing and competing deadlines.
  • *IT Skills in use of Word, Excel e-mail, power point.
  • *Finance understanding of SFIs. Experience of being a budget holder or/responsible for budget setting for a department/service.
  • *HR -- day to day supervision/management of staff. Line manager of multiple departments.
  • *Analytical ability -- proven analysis of business performance information, ability to make decision on meeting business targets, highlighting performance information including complex facts and/or situations which requires analysis and interpretation, ability to investigate and resolve issues (e.g., disciplinary issues) Negotiation, coaching, facilitation and leadership skills.
  • *Communication with ability to receive sensitive and provide complex information with ability to persuade, motivate and negotiate. Material may sometimes be contentious. Ability to undertake presentations to large groups of staff or members of the public.
  • *Able to work on own initiative and with teams within broad occupational policies establishing interpretation and providing guidance.
  • *Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues.
  • *Ability to provide informative reporting to the Board.
  • *The ability to handle a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.
  • *Numerate and comfortable in dealing with financial information.
  • *Strong IT skills.
  • *Planning and organising complex activities, sometimes with a degree of uncertainty, which require formulation, adjustment and co-ordination with other professionals within the organisation.
  • *Flexibility of style to reflect the needs of a small organisation.
  • *Understanding of own strengths and limitations and impact on others.
  • *The confidence, determination, perseverance and energy to overcome obstacles to achieve the best outcomes.
  • *Resilient under pressure
  • *Personal drive and the ability to be a self-starter as well as a team player.
  • *Collegiate knowledge sharer
  • *Highly results orientated with a strong drive to deliver and have an impact.
  • *A strong sense of personal and team accountability delivers on commitments.
  • *High levels of personal integrity
  • *Is positive, proactive and has a & quot can do& quot attitude.
  • *Takes responsibility for own actions.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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