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Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities

Job Description

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities

Salary: Band 9

Contract: Permanent

Location: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust provides a full range of general acute, outpatient and diagnostic services at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, and St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. Employing more than 4,000 staff and serving a local population of around 350,000 the Trust has an extended catchment area incorporating a population of up to 500,000 across Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. The operation of these facilities forms part of our longer term strategy of bringing services closer to where patients live, making services more accessible and easily available.

We are an ambitious Trust, operating over forty different services and aiming to be the most digitally enabled hospital nationally. We continue to invest in our site including our new Aseptic Unit, providing specialist chemotherapy treatment. Beyond the hospital, we have also played a major role in the creation of place-based partnerships across the health and care system – enabling everyone to receive care that runs smoothly, regardless of organisation.

This is an exciting time to join the Trust as we build a new world class hospital in Harlow. We also launched our strategy PAHT2030, after significant consultation with our people, which includes Transforming our care, our culture, Digital Health and Corporate Transformation. We invested £28.4 million in capital infrastructure and equipment in the last year, with key projects including the development of our electronic health records, upgrades to infrastructure across our estate and ICT and our CDC and radiology imaging facilities. We were able to fund half the spend through our own Capital Progamme.

The Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities is an influential and important position within the Trust. Reporting into the Director of Strategy and Estates, the post-holder will be responsible for the strategic and operational management of our Estates and Facilities functions, ensuring support in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. You will provide strategic direction and advice on the safety of the built environment and hold corporate responsibility, providing assurance to the Trust Board and Trust Committees.

Building and developing a team to deliver will be a critical success factor for the post-holder. Aligning the Trust’s estate strategy with clinical and corporate strategies will be essential. The post-holder will ensure the highest quality of delivery and compliance within estates, facilities and capital projects, developing the Trust’s CAFM system, PAM and ERIC. Achieving best value and efficiencies from budget management, continually developing the Trust’s Green Plan, contributing to corporate decision making will all be crucial to ensure success.

The Trust are looking for a post-holder that shares our values with a passion for providing the best possible services for our patients, celebrating success, being honest, an excellent teamplayer, and valuing diversity. Significant experience in leading within estates and facilities management will be essential, demonstrating how they have be involved with managing change, developing strategy and effectively managing complex budgets. An ability to develop effective partnerships, understand the complexities of contract and commercial management, be innovative with problem solving, are all factors that the Trust will be looking for in the post-holder. Being able to lead, develop, and motivate an effective team is essential. Highly effective interpersonal skills are also essential for this position, as is the ability to present to all levels of stakeholders.

If you are passionate, enthusiastic and motivated by the challenges this opportunity offers and believe that you have the experience and ambition to play a key role in delivering our vision, values, and strategic objectives, then we would welcome an application from you.

As a Trust we are proud to be an inclusive employer and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

Recruitment Timeline:

Applications close: Sunday, 25 February 2024

Pre-Shortlisting Interviews: w/c 4 March 2024

Final interviews and assessments: w/c 18 March 2024

To request a copy of the information pack, or for an exploratory and confidential conversation about the post, please contact Neil Fineberg and Natasha Parmar on