NHS Orkney is looking to appoint an inspiring individual, a strategic thinker to join their Executive and Corporate Management Teams, to contribute to and participate in the strategic direction, performance management and governance of NHS Orkney. As the Director of Finance you will provide overall leadership to and management of the Finance, Estates and Facilities and e-Health Services of NHS Orkney, ensuring the development and implementation of the financial strategy underpins the Clinical Strategy. You will contribute to the direction, planning and implementation of organisational change throughout NHS Orkney to strengthen management performance and underpin service provision.            

Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O’Groats and the Shetland Isles, Orkney is an archipelago of over 70 beautiful islands, 17 of which are inhabited. The total population is approximately 22,000 with most people living on the Mainland. Kirkwall, the capital with its spectacular red sandstone 12th century cathedral, with a population of 7,500, it is the administrative centre of Orkney with a good mix of shops, supermarkets and businesses. The historical harbour town of Stromness, with a population of 2,500, is situated on the West Mainland. Both towns are famed for their picturesque main streets. The excellent ferry and air connections makes travel to the Scottish mainland, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Shetland, and even Norway quite easy. There is a rich archaeological history to be explored, as well as many outdoor pursuits, including diving in Scapa Flow, kayaking, walking, cycling, bird watching, and many more. Orcadian culture is rich, with music and arts and crafts well represented. The St Magnus Music Festival in June is internationally renowned.

Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity – Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and voted the happiest place to live in the UK. Orkney also offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery. Orkney is truly a place for children, a great place for a family and the community spirit is amazing.

You might think Orkney is remote, and whilst there are remote islands, Kirkwall has several flights a day (just under 1 hour) connecting to the mainland, and with high speed broadband available on the islands, friends and family are just a click away.

Homes are very affordable, what might you get for £200,000 in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Leeds? For that sort of money, you get 4 bedroom detached homes in the most sought after locations in Orkney and the best bit is there being very little traffic anywhere.

Please feel free to visit the island and the Balfour Hospital where you will find a very warm welcome.

Our client is looking for a CCAB qualified Accountant with significant post qualifying experience and in depth professional knowledge. The successful candidate will have extensive leadership and management skills developed at senior level in a large and complex organisation and a track record of delivering and meeting performance targets. Experience in managing significant financial resource within the NHS would be advantageous.

To find out more about living and working in Orkney visit   Additional information on the islands and NHS Orkney can be viewed in the candidate information and application pack and on and

Further information on the role is available at

For a confidential discussion on the role, please contact Donogh O’Brien or Katy Gall at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.                                                                           

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 13th May 2015

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