Divisional Operations Director - Women's and Children

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East of England
Closing date
18 Dec 2021

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Woodrow Mercer Healthcare are looking for a Divisional Operations

Director for a role based in East of England. We are particularly interested in Persons who have experience in divisional leadership within Women’s and Children’s division.

The postholder will be required to direct and facilitate the operational performance of the Division as a complex business including the delivery of high quality patient care, corporate and clinical governance, patient safety, clinical quality and delivery of operational and financial targets.


As a member of the Divisional leadership team (Divisional ‘Board’) you will lead the business and strategic planning including shaping and implementing the Trust’s Corporate objectives within the Division.

You will provide strong visible leadership, build capability and be responsible for performance across the division.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the Divisional Board, in strategic development and planning; coordinating and driving forward the development of the Division’s business plan.
  • Manage the division operationally to include directing and monitoring the operational managers and their teams to deliver an effective patient centred service that meets the Trusts priorities. 
  • Manage and develop the divisional operational team to deliver in line with relevant national standards, frameworks and clinical governance agenda.
  • With the Divisional Head of Finance, ensure robust financial governance and manage financial resources in all areas and delivery of transformation programme’s.
  • Engage in often complex and sensitive discussions and negotiations with a range of stakeholders.
  • Identify, lead and/or contribute to Divisional and corporate service improvement, productivity and/or transformation programme’s.
  • Lead on specific Trust initiatives/developments as and work with other Divisional ADOs to develop and enhance the operational capability and contribution to the Trust.
  • Inform the quality committee on progress of initiatives and programme’s to improve divisional quality with reference to particular specialties as required.
  • Work with the specialties within the division to promote new ways of working and to develop services internally and externally using commercial and research parties as appropriate.
  • Monitor the implementation of plans and lead resultant transformation programmes as part of the overall divisional performance.
  • Monitor and manage the overall performance of the Division against agreed targets.
  • Financial management – responsible for Divisional budget, promote and support opportunities for efficiency improvement and productivity gains, develop income opportunities and proactively participate in commissioning discussions.
  • Service standards – targets, policies, monitoring, innovation, develop income opportunities and proactively participate in commissioning discussions.
  • HR - Inspire, lead and manage, performance management, appraisals, resource and capability planning.
  • Quality Strategy, Patient and Public Involvement – implementation of the divisional quality improvement programme, engage in the Trust’s Patient and Public Partnership programme, ensure that the investigation of complaints and serious or potentially serious incidents within the service areas are carried out to a high standard.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development.
  • Relevant Postgraduate qualification.
  • Experience within Women’s and Children’s division.
  • Substantial experience of managing a large, complex health, social or similar service.
  • Demonstrable success in instigating/leading and managing change.
  • Commissioning and service planning of a range of services.
  • Capacity management experience.
  • Budget management of significant size and complexity across large numbers of specialties.
  • HR management including using capability and disciplinary processes and termination of contracts.
  • Demonstrable experience of performance management and meeting key targets.
  • Primary care/secondary interface experience.
  • Planning and leading long term strategic change across multiple specialities.
  • Working constructively with internal and external partners to create successful collaboration.
  • Leadership and ability to motivate and empower others. Positive and effective team worker.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels of the organisation including: Strong liaison and negotiation skills. Writing and presentation skills.
  • IT and computer literacy skills.
  • Ability to manage risks and SIs.
  • Ability to prioritise work, meet tight deadline and work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, Judgement and analytical skills and conflict resolution skills.
  • Patient focused approach.
  • Able to translate complex, sensitive issues and problems.
  • Able to deliver flexible and creative solutions to difficult problems and challenges.
  • Analyse, present and tailor complex data and information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Intellectually flexible to work beyond existing structures and ways of working to deliver effective services.

This role is on a contract basis:

  • Location:       East of England
  • Length:          6 Months (initally)
  • Rate:              Competitive
  • Hours/Days pw – Full time

For more information please contact Recruitment Consultant – Matt Cardy via mcardy@woodrowmercer.com or 07437 018116, who will be happy to discuss this vacancy in more detail. 

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