Director of Finance, Commercial and Strategy - Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

Job overview

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and engaging leader to fulfil the senior role of Director of Finance, Commercial and Strategy.  As a key member of the Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) senior leadership team, you’ll have strong leadership skills and the ability to work at Board level. You will be responsible for our organisational budget (circa. £100 Million) and provide strategic leadership to our finance function.

As a proactive collaborator, you will develop and maintain key relationships with the BSPS Board members and the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, as well as the wider Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

This is a key role in providing direction and support to ensure a coordinated approach to financial and commercial performance across our organisation and providing financial expertise in terms of budgeting, costing and business planning and development.


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be experienced in leading financial performance and sustainability in a complex network environment, be technically and intellectually strong and able to provide strong professional leadership for the financial staff within BSPS. As a strategic leader, you will develop and lead commercial and financial strategies in support of the overall strategy and direction of BSPS and its partner organisations and provide strategic planning advice to senior BSPS Executive colleagues and the BSPS Board.


You will have responsibility for implementing an annual contracting strategy and “horizon scanning” for any potential bidding and service development opportunities for BSPS and undertake research modelling and collation of information to support the Executive Team to reach “bid” or “no bid” decisions.

As a member of the Pathology Board, you will be able to demonstrate an innovative approach and clear focus on driving continuous improvement across the finance function and beyond, while embedding a supportive, high-performance culture.

In return, you could be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative in the development of a leading Finance function at BSPS.

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome applications from underrepresented groups. In recruiting to our Trust, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, LGBTQ+ communities, and from people with lived experience of disability.


Working for our organisation

BSPS, is one of the country’s largest, most respected and welcoming NHS Pathology networks. Our friendly, supportive and open culture makes this a unique place to work supporting great patient care.

BSPS is a joint venture between five NHS Trusts – Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, Frimley Health, Royal Surrey and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trusts, and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.  Our network has a clear vision to be clinically led and patient centred, providing a highly motivating environment for our people and enabling them to create an outstanding Pathology Network, delivering the very best outcome for our patients. The complete service model is based on a multi-site strategy, which delivers both routine and specialist in-house testing whilst providing timely results to patients.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a full list of responsibilities and tasks associated with this role, please refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • CCAB/CIMA qualified
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working at a senior management level in a NHS finance department including budget setting and managing multi-million pound budgets
  • Experience of successfully leading staff to high performance, transforming ineffective behaviours into responsive and proactive processes
  • Experience in a Senior Strategic Development or Planning role in a complex environment sector
  • Proven experience of managing complex contractual negotiations and process demonstrating the impact on desired business objectives
  • Previous experience of developing pricing and costing models that help to deliver the partnerships’ commercial and financial strategies
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience of working at Board level
  • Experience of leadership development
  • Led budget setting in an NHS environment


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge & understanding of the contract negotiations framework and impact on the business planning cycle.
  • Ability to employ effective communication, negotiation and influencing skills to enable an effective change management with stakeholders at all levels (including senior management) who may hold differing and contentious views.
  • Ability to draw together a range of disparate and complex information in order to identify options and make decisions.
  • Ability to build excellent relationships & manage stakeholders across organisational boundaries and functional areas to deliver cultural and operational transformation and promote organisational learning.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of corporate governance and risk management approaches to contracting, commercial development and operational plans.
  • Ability to develop and mine a network of contacts, import and assess suitability of new approaches to design new creative business models and introduce innovation into contractual arrangements and business models.
  • Project management experience.


For further information:

Please contact Finn McNulty on or 07966 006091. Role details can be found here


Date Event
Tuesday 6th June Job closes