Director of Engineering

Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with around 17,000 staff, an annual turnover of more than £1.6 billion, and over 2.6 million patient contacts a year. Our hospitals have a long and proud history, dating back almost 900 years, and have been at the forefront of medical progress and innovation since they were founded. We continue to build on these traditions and have a reputation for clinical, teaching and research excellence.

Essentia, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, is the in-house team responsible for non-clinical healthcare services.  Essentia designs, builds and maintains healthcare infrastructure vital to the smooth running of healthcare services. This encompasses everything from construction projects and healthcare planning to waste management, housekeeping, transport and security. Essentia employs around 1,700 people, who provide essential facilities management support to clinical teams. It combines exceptionally high standards and public sector values with commercial focus, innovative thinking and modern technology to create the best possible patient experience.

Essentia is seeking to make the key senior appointment to the role of Director of Engineering.  Reporting to the Essentia Director of Operations, the Director of Engineering provides strategic, professional engineering leadership across the Trust and partner organisations, ensuring engineering technical excellence is delivered through the NHS estate with patient safety at the forefront.

Key aspects of the role include engineering and infrastructure strategy development, being the subject matter expert and technical lead for engineering and infrastructure management, leadership of innovation and sustainability initiatives, and oversight of engineering operations across a portfolio including several large-scale acute hospitals sites, medical teaching facilities and a community healthcare portfolio across South London.

We are seeking an individual with significant experience of operating in a senior engineering leadership role as the figurehead and subject matter expert for engineering and infrastructure management within a large scale organisation across a technically complex estate portfolio.  You will have strong leadership skills, with the proven ability to lead a diverse range of in-house engineering professionals together with supply chain partners.  It is anticipated that candidates will be able to demonstrate high-level technical engineering competency through professional attainment and industry experience.

The role offers the opportunity to play a crucial role as the estate engineering and infrastructure lead for one of the UK’s most complex healthcare portfolios, creating an environment that in turn will make a fantastic difference to so many.  The Candidate Brief can be viewed and downloaded at

For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our advisors Michael Hewlett ( or Matt Giles ( of The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900.  

The closing date for applications is 7th February 2021. 

GSTT has an active commitment to equality and diversity, welcoming people of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions.  We are recognised as a healthcare leader by Stonewall and the Trust is a disability confident employer.

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