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Head of Finance Business Planning & Corporate Transformation

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Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
£97,894 - £111,817 PA inclusive of HCAS
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London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.


We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.


In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.


By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.

Job overview

The Head of Finance Business Planning & Corporate Transformation will be working to the Chief Finance Officer, as the operational lead for the development and delivery of an annual business planning process, which entails engaging at the Executive and Non-Executive Director level. 

Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership and professional advice to ensure the whole Trust is engaged and aligned through the planning process with the critical deliverables required to deliver the strategy.
  • Leading the Trust response to the Carter review focused around the development of staff training and development, effective fleet management and creation of the digital ambulance service
  • Take the lead on the identification and delivery of the Trust’s cost improvement programme to realise both cashable savings and productivity improvements.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds from within the NHS or the wider health sector.  This role could be well suited to a candidate coming with an operational background or someone with a finance background who has led on significant programmes of work and delivered CIP’s.  You will have the confidence and gravitas to bring people within the organisation together to reach commons goals.  Having the tenacity and positive style to deliver in a challenging financial environment is critical, as is the ability to delicately influence a wide ranging group.

Please contact our recruitment partner Adrian Watts from Allen Lane for an informal discussion.  In the first instance please send your CV and current remuneration to

Application close date: Monday 14th June

Interview dates: w/c Monday 28th June

Working for our organisation

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest ambulance Trust in the UK. We are seeking someone who will fit with the Trust values of being respectful, professional, innovative and collaborative.

The team works widely across the Trust at all levels up to Board and with a variety of other partners such as external NHS Trusts, commercial organisations, Heathrow Airport, Stadia, Londons Air Ambulance and Healthcare UK and Department for International Trade.

You will, therefore, have the opportunity to join the team at an exciting time of growth and to gain experience of being involved in a varied portfolio.

Annual leave starts at 27 days rising to 33 days, plus bank holidays, in line with agenda for change (NHS terms and conditions).
Employees can access Blue Light (emergency services) discounts as well as NHS discount schemes.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Head of Financial Business Planning & Corporate Transformation will support the Chief Finance Officer, as the operational lead for the development and delivery of an embedded annual trust business
planning process to deliver the annual Business Plan setting out priorities, key deliverables and targets focussed on achievement of the five-year vision and strategy.

They will be responsible to the Chief Finance Officer for the development and delivery of an embedded annual trust business planning process and a medium term plan to meet required timescales. This will require close working engagement at Executive and Non-Executive Director level.

The post holder will be responsible for the co-ordination and overview reporting of the business plan progress during the year for the Trust Integrated Performance report to both Board and CEO Performance

They will be responsible to the Chief Finance Officer for establishing a process for ongoing business case benefits realisation and learning.

The post holder will take the lead as programme manager for the identification and delivery of the Trust’s medium term cost improvement programme and productivity improvement plan as well as overall
management of the reporting and delivery of in year programmes.

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education

Essential criteria
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent
  • Expert specialist knowledge relating to organisation strategy development and programme management. This will be extensive in nature and gained through the development of indepth theoretical knowledge and practical experience
  • Post ‘masters’ qualification or equivalent experience demonstrating a significant amount of advanced expert knowledge gained through substantial experience
  • Demonstrable evidence of advanced theoretical and practical specialist knowledge in the organisational strategy, managing successful programmes and projects, Cost Improvement Programme expertise. These may be gained through a range of long or short courses, coupled with experience.
  • Evidence of recent CPD including people management training and experience
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Adrian Watts - Allen Lane
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Recruitment Partner
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