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Group Chief Finance Officer
Executives / VSM
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
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Cobbett House, Trust Headquarters, Oxford Road Campus
Attractive Remuneration Package
22/05/2024 23:59
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Group Chief Finance Officer

Executives / VSM

Job overview

Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of England’s largest NHS Trusts with a turnover of £2.6bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. 

MFT has an exciting opportunity for an experienced finance leader, already established as a Chief Finance Officer or Deputy within a large complex NHS organisation, to join our Board of Directors as Group Chief Finance Officer. Reporting directly to the Group Chief Executive Officer and working collaboratively with Executive colleagues, the ideal candidate will provide inspirational leadership, with strong values that match ours and role model an unwavering drive to deliver the strategic ambition of the Trust as an anchor organisation in healthcare for the city of Manchester and borough of Trafford.

Main duties of the job

As a key member of the Group Executive Director team, you will provide strategic and operational advice to the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors and will inspire new energy and modern thinking to support delivery of our strategic ambitions, new group operating model, and multi-year financial recovery plan. First and foremost, you will have leadership experience and be well seasoned in delivering large scale transformation programmes which have delivered major cost improvements. You will also be expected to maintain strong working relationships with system partners to facilitate delivery of the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Strategy.

The Group Chief Finance Officer is a pivotal role to our future success as we push to improve the care and services for the people of Manchester, Trafford, and beyond. Applicants will bring significant experience as a finance leader within a large complex NHS organisation or specifically within an acute hospital / community group structure, inclusive of a significant research, innovation, and teaching portfolio.  Your style of working means you take teams with you in both challenging and ambitious times, and you will provide highly visible leadership to an executive portfolio spanning financial management, strategic planning, procurement, and commercial matters.

Working for our organisation

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you’ll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We’ve also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We’re proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What’s more, we’re excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about MFT and full details of the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. In order to apply, please submit a comprehensive CV along with a covering letter which sets out your interest in the role and encapsulates the aspects of your experience relevant to the required criteria. For more information, and to request a copy of the Candidate Information Pack including details of how to apply, please visit

Person specification

Qualifications - Academic/Professional

Essential criteria
  • General education to degree level or equivalent work experience operating at Master level or equivalent experience.
  • Second degree/master’s level qualification in a related subject or equivalent knowledge, training and or equivalent experience.
  • Track record of continuous personal and professional development.
  • Qualified Accountant with a recognised accountancy body.

Skills, Knowledge Requirements & Experience (Strategic Leadership)

Essential criteria
  • Experience as Chief Finance Officer or Deputy within a large complex NHS organisation or specifically within an Acute Hospital / NHS Community Group structure which includes a significant Research and Teaching portfolio.
  • Relevant experience of working in complex NHS organisations or systems.
  • A proven ability to deliver consistently to NHS standards of operational performance.
  • A track record of leading programmes of change including outcome improvement and cost reduction.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of leading procurement.

Skills, Knowledge Requirements & Experience (Wider NHS & health context)

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of current national and GM NHS / Care systems.
  • A solid and evident understanding of NHS dynamics and the values of the UK public sector.
  • Experience of working within a national or regional context in the NHS or other relevant areas.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience within a national or regional role.

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Strong interpersonal skills and personal credibility, with the ability to quickly gain the confidence of and build relationships with others, including managers, clinicians and staff.
  • Innovation and creativity – ability to make decisions that encourages new ways of working and develop a culture of innovation with a willingness to take calculated risks.
  • Achievement focused – ability to set targets and get things done to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Politically astute.
  • Resilient under pressure and calm in a crisis.
  • Sets high standards for self and team and motivates and inspires others to achieve these.
  • Committed to support and deliver a culture of continuous learning for both self and team.
  • Initiative – sees opportunities and acts on them – proactive rather than reactive approach.
  • Decision making – ability to make decisions based on an analysis of key financial, people or service concepts.
  • A commitment to the ethical standards expected of public sector leaders in the UK including the fit and proper person’s test.

Skills, Knowledge Requirements & Experience (Effective Partnerships)

Essential criteria
  • A commitment to system and organisational excellence.
  • A commitment to close working with health and social care partners in Manchester & GM.
  • Knowledge of current financial and planning systems.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Carmel Gibbons, Odgers Berndtson
Job title
Partner and Head of the Healthcare Practice
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
0161 498 3413
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