Assistant Director, Strategy

General Medical Council

Location: Flexible
Salary: Attractive
Closing Date: 14 June 2021
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All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.

Job Description

London or Manchester

The General Medical Council is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK and regulates in the context of a globalised healthcare workforce, where the UK medical workforce is increasingly international and ethnically diverse. The GMC is dedicated to protecting patients across the four countries of the United Kingdom by ensuring high standards of medical education and practice. It does this by working with doctors, government health departments, employers, medical educators and patient groups. Our Strategy & Policy Directorate was established almost three years ago to support the development a comprehensive strategic plan to shape our work, deliver first class a business planning function to drive corporate priorities and provide leadership to our corporate policy making.

This is a significant position, coming at an exciting and challenging time of unprecedented change for the GMC. Our Assistant Director, Strategy will play a high-profile role, owning and implementing our new 2021-2025 Corporate Strategy, improving the way we work together with our external partners and promoting and supporting critical cross-GMC projects.  All this is to be achieved within the current health and political climate and ahead of potentially significant change for the GMC and the wider health system. 

Reporting to the Director of Strategy & Policy, the Assistant Director, Strategy will drive and lead strategic thinking across the GMC's responsibilities. He or she will bring innovation and vision to the role, together with the ability to influence at the highest levels, both within the GMC and with our key interest groups, and will bring a fresh perspective to the way we think about strategy across the organisation. Considerable and demonstrable expertise in strategic delivery is required as is a proven track record of developing significant cross-organisation strategic projects and work programmes, working effectively with stakeholders to deliver successful outcomes and to drive improvements in healthcare environments and inclusive workplace cultures. He or she will have a successful and strong track record gained in a senior strategy role within a challenging regulatory, political, consultancy or similar environment. Whilst we are not necessarily seeking health sector experience, candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to horizon scan across the wider health sector and to quickly become credible and influential in this role.  

You will bring outstanding interpersonal skills, together with the ability to lead and further develop a small, but high performing team. You will be politically astute with outstanding relationship-building and communication skills and will bring the insight, analytical skills, strategic vision and determination to get things done in this uniquely Interesting and demanding role.   You will also be capable of leading inclusive strategic thinking and influencing sustainable change and impact on ED&I

Our organisation is built on fairness and trust the trust of patients and the medical profession. We provide an inclusive working environment where everyone is valued and welcome new perspective and ideas that you may bring.  We have placed equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of our corporate strategy, both as a regulator of an Increasingly diverse medical profession and as an organisation. We particularly encourage and welcome applications to this role from women, black and minority ethnic people and disabled applicants as part of our commitment to address under-representation in our senior leadership. 

For further information and to apply please click Apply and for a confidential conversation please call our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Duncan Ewart or Katrina Paget on 0113 205 6092.

Closing date: 12 Noon Monday 14 June 2021 


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