Reporting to: Programme Director
Contract: 12 month FTC, 3 days/week
Salary: £60,000 FTE pro rata
Guys & St Thomas’ Charity is an independent urban health foundation, working with Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and others to tackle the major health challenges affecting people living in urban areas, specifically in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Our multiple long term conditions (MLTC) programme is a ten year, multi-million-pound programme exploring how people in urban areas develop multiple long term conditions such as chronic pain, depression and diabetes. Our strategy involves addressing social risks to health, such as people’s work, personal finances and housing. The financial health strand of this programme aims to address the dual challenge of health and financial health, by seeking ways to prevent financial difficulty and improve people’s options to better manage their health and slow their progression to multiple conditions.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead the design, development, execution and evaluation of projects within the financial health strand of the MLTC programme, with a focus on private sector engagement. Your work will be varied and rewarding, involving interaction with many different stakeholders. You will be encouraged to pitch and progress ideas through each stage of our investment process and make them a reality in line with our strategy. This financial health strand of work adopts a dual focus on systemic change and people in Lambeth and Southwark who are most at risk.
You will have the freedom to connect leading companies in the finance and digital industries with everyone from grassroots community groups and social enterprises through to digital health ventures and public sector leaders. Your portfolio will stretch from work in local neighbourhoods and the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, to pan-London, national and international initiatives.
You may be scoping partnerships between national banks and community organisations to support people vulnerable to financial difficulty; project managing a money and health consortium to trial new Open Banking apps; commissioning experts to better connect financial and health data owners to improve outcomes for people with long-term conditions; or helping financial firms, health evaluators and others to join regional public policy initiatives.
- Guide existing investments in financial health. Be the go-to person for 3 to 4 partners who are delivering live projects. Problem-solve, advise and manage a £1m-£2m portfolio of active funding contracts, enabling the charity to deliver frontline impact on time and to budget, and gain insight to inform the future strategy of the programme.
- Build a pipeline of investment opportunities. Originate and co-design a portfolio of a further 3 to 4 projects valued at up to £1.5m that support future influencing, and engage with banks, insurers and other financial services, with digital platforms and services, or with national and local data owners and processors. You will identify appropriate partners and hone ideas by advising them on a project’s strategy fit, risk, budget, complexity, impact potential and ability to be evaluated.
- Lay groundwork for systemic influences. Develop the building blocks for the Financial Health strand’s influencing strategy. You will identify actions to influence and help us influence, prioritise across different opportunity areas and issues that are relevant, garner interest and have high potential for impact. You will also cultivate relationships in line with our reputation and areas of expertise.
- Support the internal investment process.Work with the wider MLTC team to make quality, high impact investment decisions by developing and presenting investment cases (including aim and strategic fit, due diligence, project plan, evaluation and governance) to our internal Executive Investment Committee for funding.
- Co-own successful delivery of the programme. Collaborate with colleagues who support programme success by delivering high quality research and evaluation, communication of insights, policy engagement, tailored investment mechanisms and grant management.
- Be our ambassador. Represent the Charity with partners, manage and nurture external relationships, contribute to refining and evolving the strategy of our programmes, and deliver thought leadership and influencing work aligned to our goals.
Skills and Experience
- Independently managing a portfolio of inter-related projects.
- Taking projects from design to delivery to completion on time and on budget.
- Working in business, especially the finance or digital industries.
- Building partnerships that involve a variety of people and organisations from across different sectors.
- Programme / strategy development – particularly around solving complex social problems.
- Supporting products or services to go to market.
- Developing project budget forecasts, cash flow projections and interrogating management accounts for different types of organisations.
- Financial literacy, experience in assessing organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, and aptitude for making investment cases in line with commercial realities.
- Understanding of the different services and support available to help people prevent or manage health conditions.
Skills, abilities, and attributes
- Self-reliant and resilient – enjoys freedom to create, manages uncertainty and navigates changing environments.
- Clear strategic thinker – can critically appraise projects’ merit and link into wider programme and organisational strategy with ease.
- People person and relationship manager – who enjoys building and nurturing networks and uses strong interpersonal skills to motivate others.
- Excellent communicator – ability to cut through complexity and communicate concisely and in plain English to a broad range of audiences in written and verbal form.
- Ambitious and determined individual – setting high standards and working hard to achieve them.
- Efficient multi-tasker – able to manage a complex range of projects and competing priorities.
- Influencer – persuasive in situations without direct levers to pull.