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Head of Fleet

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Head of Fleet
Band 8C
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (plus on call 1/5)
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Waterloo HQ
£70,641 - £80,554 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
17/05/2021 23:59
Interview date

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 role of Head of Fleet is an essential and critical role to the LAS for ensuring all our vehicle and transport matters for the Trust is meets and exceeds standards needed for our patients and front-line staff. This is an exciting role shape our driver safety technology and drive our Sustainability and Green agenda.

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of change in one of the UK’s busiest and world class ambulance service.

Candidates are advised that there will be a requirement to deliver a presentation at interview, if invited to interview stage.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for candidates who;

  • are proactive and forward-thinking.
  • Has the ability to maintain strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Possess strong negation skills and strong leadership to the department.
  • Has the ability to influence strategy and remains committed to the delivery of related activities.
  • Has the ability to interpret data to inform service improvement and improve performance.

If this is you, please do apply!

Working for our organisation

You are joining at an exciting time for the Strategic Assets & Property Directorate as there are several transformation programmes delivering new benefits to LAS’ assets. The directorate consisted of Estates, Fleet and Supply & Distribution departments who work together to operate across London. Our Fleet department manages over 1100 vehicles across our fleet with c.90 staff.  

This role will be based in our Waterloo HQ (currently remote due to COVID restrictions). With an expectation to travel across Workshops (12) and satellite offices in London (within the M25).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To develop a 10 year Fleet Strategy, which is in accordance with the Trust Strategy, the Mayor’s Strategy for London and any other strategies, interpreting these plans in terms of Fleet, Transport and environmental requirements.
  • To develop, prepare and approve annual vehicle replacement programme designed to meet the ever changing clinical requirement of the paramedic profession and other capital projects.
  • Investigate market trends for procurement and fleet management and implement work practice/polices with a view to gaining external accreditation of the function and aim for ‘best in class’ services supporting our frontline service delivery to patients
  • Liaise with external stakeholders, i.e. ambulance Trust, CCGs, Local Authorities, GLA, regarding joint fleet programmes.
  • Lead a safe, efficient, and effective fleet team focussed on patient care and staff satisfaction.

Applicants are advised to read all the information enclosed in the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

Priority will be given to staff at risk candidates.

We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Qualified Chartered Surveyor or Membership of an equivalent Professional Association
  • Educated to degree level
  • Demonstrable experience at a senior level in managing estates and facilities
  • Demonstrable experience in Health and Safety management, including risk management
  • Understanding of sustainability principles as they relate to estate and facility management
  • Track record of leading multidisciplinary teams
  • Extensive post-qualification training and experience in Estates, Facilities and complex
  • Project Management in the Private or Public Sector.
  • Preparing and writing reports
  • IT literate in Microsoft windows applications
  • Estate, Facilities and Project Management experience either within the public or private sector
  • Knowledge/understanding of statutory and local requirements including building regulations, planning permissions, conservation area applications etc.
  • Ability to deal with changes in workload and stressful work situations
  • Interpret complex data and high levels of concentration
  • Experience of staff leadership and management with leadership skills to motivate others
  • Ability to make a wider corporate contribution to the Trusts strategies and decision making, operating comfortably at most senior levels of the organisation.

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively with other LAS colleagues, internal and external clients, external contractors and consultants.
  • Ability to negotiate and persuade on highly complex subject matters (e.g. contracts, leases), both orally and in writing.
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Working in partnership with external organisations
  • Strong IT skills and the ability to develop new systems to respond to customer needs
  • Ability to work to deadlines without compromising standards of services provided.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to identify, plan and prioritise essential work.
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Decisive.
  • Concern for excellence.
  • Leadership skills
  • To be able to use a variety of specialist and sensitive surveying equipment such as Lasers, damp, Humidity and light meters, Theodolite and levelling equipment.

Training and Awareness

Desirable criteria
  • Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
  • Construction Design and Management Regulations
  • Evidence of continuing professional developments in requiring new skills, knowledge over the last three years
  • Fire precaution requirements for Health Care premises
  • Health technical memoranda
  • Knowledge of NHS policies
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andrew Goodman
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Director of Strategic Assets and Property
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