Director General, Defence Medical Services

Ministry of Defence

Headquartered near Birmingham, with an office in London. Worldwide travel.

  • Location

    Headquartered near Birmingham, with an office in London. Worldwide travel.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £180,000 per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    07 January 2019

  • Client

    Ministry of Defence

Ref: GSe47679

We are Defence Medical Services, a critical element of the UK Armed Forces.  We play a vital part in the delivery of some of Defence’s most complex and modern outputs. Our primary role is to promote, protect and restore the health of the UK’s servicemen and women. We ensure they are ready and medically fit to go where they are needed in the UK and throughout the world, and cover all medical professional groups, from hospital consultants and GPs through to military paramedics and nurses. Our work supports the health and wellbeing – dental, mental, medical and occupational – of more than 190,000 service personnel.

The new post of Director General, Defence Medical Services (DG DMS) is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the UK’s international standing and prosperity. This unique and challenging role will ensure provision of access to safe, effective and efficient healthcare for all entitled Ministry of Defence personnel, when deployed and at home, and that medical personnel are trained, qualified and experienced to provide the best care possible to our servicemen and women. Leading over 6,700 dedicated and talented people and accountable for an annual operating budget of c.£480m, the postholder will also play an important ambassadorial role, representing DMS nationally and internationally. They will contribute, too, to some of Defence’s key strategic improvement initiatives, and be excited by the chance to bring about innovation and progress.

We are looking for a truly exceptional individual to undertake this enormously important leadership post.   You can demonstrate excellent technical understanding of the UK healthcare landscape, as well as successful stewardship of large, complex delivery organisations. Your influencing skills are first rate, and you will be comfortable and confident operating at the highest levels. Just as important are the strategic vision, tenacity and pragmatism to lead and embed ‘real life’ transformation, and you will be able to point to a track record acting as an agent of genuine, sustainable change.

The MoD is interested in excellence wherever it occurs, and this role is no exception. You might already hold a senior role in government, or you may currently be running a high-performing NHS Trust. If you bring the leadership credentials this job needs and deep understanding of healthcare in the UK – ‘here and now’ priorities and emerging trends – we want to hear from you.

Closing DateMonday 7th January 2019
Longlistingw/c 14th January 2019
Shortlistingw/c 28th January 2019
Assessmentsw/c 28th January and 4th February
Final Interviewsw/c 11th February 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to GatenbySanderson by no later than 23:59 Monday 7 January 2019.

1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
2. A Supporting Statement (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification;
3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’.

Failure to submit both a CV and Supporting Statement will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

For a confidential conversation about the role please contact Mel Shearer on 07785 616 548, Michael Dobson on 02074 263 968, or Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393 013 066.

Closing date for applications: 23:59hrs on Monday 7 January 2019.

Contact details
James Canning: 020 7426 3985