Cost Improvement Manager – Financial Recovery

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
January 31, 2023
Offerd Salary:£41,659 - £47,672
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 6 months
Working Time:Full time
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This post is only open to internal applicants.

Cost Improvement Manager – Financial Recovery Band 7

Main area

Planning and Productivity


Band 7


Fixed term: 6 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£41,659 - £47,672 pa

Salary period



31/01/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

UHS is looking to recruit a project manager who can support our Financial Recovery Lead. This is recent role that has been created to drive financial improvement at UHS, overseen by the Trust Savings Group (TSG).

This is a new role offered on a fixed term basis to rapidly develop and progress the various workstreams focused on financial recovery. This will mean working with both clinical and non-clinical leaders to lead, co-ordinate and support projects, some of which are already developed, and some of which will need to be planned and established per the requirements of TSG.

You will work autonomously, with the support of the Programme Lead and wider teams in Finance, Planning and Cost Improvement. You'll be curious about how we use financial improvement to improve clinical services, make the trust more efficient, and enable investment in key priorities.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you'll do

Manage the successful delivery of project objectives against identified goals set by the Financial Recovery Programme Director and Trust Savings Group Ensure project schemes are realised on time, within agreed financial constraints. This includes responsibility for monitoring substantial financial savings.

Monitoring savings schemes across the trust and supporting services with delivery

Ensuring robust management and follow up of actions from Trust Savings Group and support the development of that meeting to drive financial recovery across UHS

Ensuring alignment between Financial Recovery and other improvement programmes across the trust (such as the Cost Improvement Programme and Transformation).

What we're looking for

This is a role that provides a high level of variety and autonomy. You will be a self-starter and self-motivated to work on projects with limited oversight. You will also expect to take responsibility and be held to account for your areas of responsibility. There are set deadlines in this role that you'll work flexibly to meet.

You don't need to be an expert in Finance, but you will be passionate about making a difference in healthcare and be interested in how we use financial and productivity improvement to do this. You'll have a keen eye for identifying opportunities to benefit patients.

You will have good communication skills, being expected to take a lead in programme meetings with senior clinical and non-clinical leaders.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Thursday 9th February 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent experience/diplomas
  • Masters qualification or equivalent experience
  • Detailed knowledge and application of a recognised service improvement technique or relevant experience
  • Evidence of further training/study/leadership courses
  • Desirable criteria
  • Project or change management training
  • Action learning set facilitator
  • Coaching qualification
  • Working knowledge of more than one methodology
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Proven track record in project management experience
  • Facilitation of multi-professional groups
  • Presenting and communicating to care groups and divisions
  • Experience at a senior level in industry or healthcare sector
  • Evidence of leading and implementing change, influencing behaviour, collaborative working with others
  • Evidence of significant structured project management skills and experience
  • Literate, with report writing skills and experience
  • Leadership: Evidence of leadership qualities
  • A self-starter, able to work with minimal direction
  • Knows when to take the lead in situations and when to encourage others take lead roles
  • Well-developed influencing skills, able to motivate and empower others
  • Analytical: Ability to analyse complex problems in detail, interpret complex information, and develop practical and workable solutions to address them
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret technical, sensitive or contentious information and present this to a variety of audiences
  • Managing change: Ability to lead project teams to effect change in rapidly changing environments, to achieve agreed goals
  • Developed communication, influencing, negotiating and diplomacy skills
  • Calm and logical thinker
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge and application of quality improvement and service redesign tools and techniques
  • Project management: Ability to scope, plan and manage a suite of projects
  • Professional self-awareness and awareness of the needs of others
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and resilient
  • Personal integrity
  • Intellectual flexibility
  • Confidence
  • Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in healthcare setting
  • Previous experience in quality / service improvement environment
  • Coaching experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of action learning sets
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

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    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

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