Director of Operational Finance


Fancy becoming our new director of operational finance?

We’re looking for a skilled and astute Director of Operational Finance to effectively oversee our financial controls and management. Looking after a revenue budget of £350m, you will lead high profile, strategic initiatives that support us to deliver outstanding care to the people of Dorset. So if you're a proactive and dynamic senior finance leader looking to broaden your experience and career we welcome you to shape your career at our outstanding rated NHS Trust.

About the role

Job description and person specification

Location: Sentinel House, Poole

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours

Salary: Band 8d/9

Accountable to: Chief Finance Officer

Looking after a revenue budget of £350m, you will lead high profile, strategic initiatives that support us to deliver outstanding care to the people of Dorset.

You’ll work strategically across the wider Dorset health and care system to ensure we direct resources flexibly and sustainably to the right services to meet local needs, in line with national drivers.

You’ll be working with a great team of dedicated professionals providing expert financial advice and support.  The Team has a track record of successfully delivering against our plans through sound financial management, providing high quality financial services to corporate, operational and clinical colleagues.

You’ll also work alongside other corporate services to help deliver our exciting transformation programme which focusses on delivering the best quality services for people in Dorset.  Key initiatives within the organisation include:

  • Developing new buildings
  • Delivering cost improvement programmes
  • Designing and implementing digital services
  • Transforming clinical services

You will have the opportunity to develop your team and work with them to design new approaches to enhance the effectiveness and quality of service.

Dorset HealthCare is committed to career development so if you’re looking for progression and currently don’t meet the full requirements of the role but have the potential and motivation to reach them we would consider offering the role as an 8D development opportunity.

If you’re interested in moving to Dorset for the role, we offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Main responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Finance Officer, you will have responsibility for the Trust’s Operational Finance function. 

Key objectives for the role are:

  • Maintaining strong financial control
  • Developing the Trust’s financial plans
  • Providing high quality financial information
  • Supporting the Trust’s improvement in productivity
  • Ensuring the Trust’s finance team remains a great place to work

You will be working closely with the executive and wider senior leadership team and with our Dorset Integrated Care System colleagues, supporting the organisation achieve its short, medium and long term financial goals. 

Main duties

  • Advise and support the Chief Finance Officer in the carrying out of their duties. Act on behalf of, and deputies for, the Chief Finance Officer as required.
  • Shape effective decision making within the Trust, providing expert, specialist financial support and advice to the Chief Finance Officer and other staff within the Trust.
  • Ensure appropriate structures and processes are in place for robust and reliable reporting of the Trusts current, forecast and projected financial position.
  • Meet regular and ad hoc reporting deadlines for reports to the Trust Board and Directors, returns to the ICS and NHSE, and end of year statutory accounts.
  • Manage the finance directorate ensuring the delivery of timely, high quality and effective services to the Trust and its stakeholders.
  • To foster a culture of continuous improvement both within and outside of the directorate.

Key dates

Closing date: 28 August

Shortlisting date: 31 August

Interview date: 9 September

About Dorset HealthCare

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward- looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please complete our application form via Trac here.

If you would like a pre-application conversation with Matthew Metcalfe, Chief Finance Officer, please email 

Matthew.png"Quite simply, we like to do things differently and be innovative. We want colleagues who are passionate and want to lead their areas of expertise, and in return we are committed to being a great place to work."

Matthew Metcalfe,
Chief Finance Officer
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