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Deputy Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI

NHS AfC: Band 9

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NHS AfC: Band 9
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Stoke
£91,004 - £104,927 PA
Salary period
07/07/2021 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

A truly excellent opportunity has arisen with our Estates, Facilities and PFI Division of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).  We are a very special organisation with amazing staff and this has been demonstrated unequivocally during the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.  Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver services that respond to our patients needs has never been more important than it is right now.  That is why we are just about to embark on an exciting new Programme at UHNM ‘Improving Together’ which is all about delivering exceptional care, with exceptional people. 

So if you are a passionate, values driven leader, who is pro-active in their approach, thrives in a busy working environment and wants an opportunity to lead a highly regarded Estates, Facilities and PFI Team, at a hugely exciting time for UHNM, then this could be the role for you. 


Main duties of the job

Please see Job Description 

An experienced leader is sought, coming from an established background in property, building services management and maintenance, you will put your core skills and experience to great use in this busy fully involved role, which will primarily be based on the Royal Stoke site. You will provide compassionate and effective leadership in this high profile role which offers an excellent opportunity for an individual with aspirations and ambition of attaining Executive Board leadership roles in the future. 

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For more information on working for the Trust, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For more details on the post, please see contact information details

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • The post holder will be educated to Degree level in Building Services or a Mechanical/Electrical discipline
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of Fire safety management systems and designs
  • Formal qualification in Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Formal qualification in Project Management
  • Knowledge of energy & sustainable management processes & legislation


Essential criteria
  • Experience of effective management of large & complex budgets and delivery of Cost Improvement Plans.
  • A proven success in business planning and in the development and effective implementation of strategic plans
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of operating at board level and working closely with Senior Executives of NHS Acute Trusts
  • Extensive experience of developing service specifications and performance monitoring systems across a broad range of Estates/Facilities services in a number of in-house /contract settings
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Further details / informal visits contact

Lorraine Whitehead
Job title
Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI
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Telephone number
01782 676671
Additional information

Thank you for showing an interest in working for us. 

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we are on a journey of transformation and are just about to embark on an ‘Improving Together’ Programme which is all about Delivering Exceptional Care with Exceptional People.  It is a great time, therefore, to be joining our team to support the achievement of our ambitious vision. 

I have held the Director role for four years and I am immensely proud of all that our Division has achieved and of the amazing staff that we employ.   We are an award winning team and a team that is recognised nationally for our achievements and held in high regard by our colleagues at the Trust.  We have been invited by NHSIE to publish many case studies of our work and we were invited by Cabinet Office to participate in their Supplier Relationship Management Programme, recognising the strengths of our partnership working with our PFI partners. 

If you decide to apply, you will be joining us at an incredibly exciting time as our Division continues to explore ways in which we can further improve the environment and the services we provide for our patients, to allow our clinical teams to care for our patients without complication of environmental issues.   The Deputy Director will work closely with me, our Senior Team, my team and senior leaders across the Trust, to build on our success to date.

Informal chats or visits are welcome; please contact me via e-mail

Kind regards