Director of Finance

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) is looking for a new Director of Finance to join our high performing Executive team. This is a key role within the Trust, responsible for leading the finance function through next phase of our development and in the wider transformation of health and social care with our partners. 

The hospital Trust has around 550 beds, including day acute and neonatal beds and employs around 3,500 staff, providing a full range of acute hospital services and an increasing number of specialist services to the growing population of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. All in-patient services and most outpatient services are provided on the main hospital site.

The Covid-19 Pandemic heralded unprecedented times for the NHS, MKUH included. We rapidly had to devise very different ways of working to ensure the safety of staff, patients and visitors. While it has been necessary for us to operate differently, we remain focused on our long-term ambitions and priorities in continuing to maintain safety and to improve our patient care, patient experience, and the range of services we offer.

One of the most significant and visible of these ambitions has been realised this year with the opening of our new Cancer Centre. This impressive building brings together our cancer services into one purpose-built location, providing patients undergoing cancer treatment with an environment designed for their specific needs. We’re now planning for future developments as part of a planned £200m hospital redevelopment programme in Milton Keynes.

The Trust is one of the most technically advanced in the country, embracing technological innovations to improve the quality and efficiency of our services.  We are a “fast follower” of digital transformation and keen to become one of the first paperless hospitals in the country.

At MKUH we work with many partners in the local and regional health economy, including local healthcare providers, universities, councils and third sector organisations. We play an active part in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS), which will see local health and care organisations working more closely together to provide better coordinated care.

Director of Finance

The Director of Finance is a key member of the Executive team, leading the Trust’s finance function and building strong relationships internally with procurement, the corporate functions and clinical divisions as well as externally with commissioners, BLMK ICS partners and regulators.

Reporting directly to the MKUH Chief Executive, Joe Harrison, this is a unique opportunity to work for a forward-thinking, digitally advanced Trust which is going places, and to help deliver the Trust’s ten year plan against a challenging financial backdrop.

The Director of Finance will be responsible for:

  • Providing financial management and support across the Trust
  • Ensuring the Trust achieves local, regional and national financial targets
  • Managing the overall financial performance of the Trust including financial services, business planning, financial governance, financial reporting and procurement
  • Providing sound strategic and operational leadership of the Trust’s Transformation Programme and leading on the delivery of the cost improvement plans
  • Leading the finance function by encouraging teamwork, motivation and a culture of high performance
  • Working closely with other members of the Executive team to provide constructive challenge and sustainable solutions
  • Leading on major programmes of work defined by the Chief Executive
  • Providing board level contribution to the strategic and operational development and management of the Trust

The successful candidate will be a fully qualified member of a professional accounting body, with a thorough understanding of the financial requirements of an NHS Foundation Trust.  You will have current knowledge of all aspects of financial management, corporate governance and financial control as well as experience of financial leadership within a complex organisation, delivering successful, sustainable transformation.  You will be able to demonstrate leading on significant change programmes in partnership with a range of stakeholders, and a versatile leadership style, operating with empathy, integrity and emotional intelligence.   

As Director of Finance it is essential that you will have strong commercial and business acumen, with the ability to listen to others, including the patient population to develop entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to complex problems.   To stand out in this challenging role, you will be a tenacious and strategic leader with a passion for healthcare and the gravitas to engage, enthuse and influence others. 

For further information please contact our recruitment partner, Nicola Brooks at Executive Professionals on 07860 737740 or by email at


Closing date: Wednesday 16th September 2020
Preliminary interviews with Executive Professionals : Monday 21st September 2020
Final interviews: Friday 16th October 2020

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification and your current salary.