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British Heart Foundation
Our vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world without heartbreak.

British Heart Foundation is the leading independent funder of research into heart and circulatory diseases, and the largest charity retailer in the UK. Our lifesaving work is advanced by investment in medical research - we have over £410 million of BHF-funded research underway, with an aspiration to invest £1 billion in research over the next ten years. As one of our Directors of Technology you'll lead the end-to-end delivery of technology in support of BHF's strategic ambitions.

You'll work closely with BHF teams to build and manage key relationships, partner stakeholders to understand organisational needs, and align and agree technology solutions that best support them in delivering their strategic outcomes.

Working across BHF to identify the best solutions to meet the business and technical requirements and standards focused on delivering maximum value, you'll also provide thought leadership and key knowledge of industry landscape to shape and influence the direction of these teams strategy from a Technology perspective. Please note we have two opportunities available:
  • A permanent opportunity which will support the work of our Medical directorate.
  • A 20-month fixed term contract which will support the work of our Commercial and Retail directorate.
About Technology Medical The role of technology within health and research is rapidly changing. For patients, digital health is continuing to transform their healthcare experience, from self-management through to how they interact with GP and hospital services. Technology is also changing research, from the utilisation of artificial intelligence, to monitoring and maximising our investments and, with the support of two product teams we provide Medical with clear and consistent access to Technology expertise and services to better support our mission goal. About Technology Commercial and Retail In response to the rapid expansion of our shop and store network, the evolution of online pre-loved marketplaces, and the increasing integration of digital technologies in our operations, we have formed three dedicated product teams to support our Commercial and Retail teams. These teams take ownership, nurture, and advance technology within the Commercial and Retail domain, fostering enhanced collaboration, ownership clarity, and long-term strategic thinking. Our objective is to bolster collaboration, provide sustained support, and address growing demands by establishing an application support capacity within the team.

Working arrangements

This is a blended role, where your work will be dual located between your home and our London office.

At BHF we believe in the power of being together, so our colleagues on blended contracts can expect to spend some time in their office, at least one day each week, on average. The use of our office spaces is driven in part by your role and the activities you need to do. This may vary from time to time, so you will need to work in a flexible way to unlock your best work for our cause.

Need more help balancing your work and home life? Talk to us about what flexibility is available at the application or interview stage.

About you

With a comprehensive understanding of IT infrastructure and architecture, as well as an appreciation of digital terminology, practice and process, you'll have extensive experience of software development and project delivery in a large, complex organisations.

You'll have extensive senior management and leadership experience, having led a large team previously, and will have excellent communication and influencing skills, able to influence at senior levels of an organisation. You'll also be able to develop strong relationships with stakeholders throughout the organisation alongside key partners / suppliers, and be able to inspire a team of technical specialists to deliver an outstanding service.

Strategically astute, with a successful track record of technology strategy development, delivery and execution, you'll have previous experience of leading transformational change programmes, involving business process, people and organisational change, and will be able to lead and develop staff, creating a high-performance operations environment and team.

Able to see the big picture, as well as the finer detail, you'll be passionate for new technology, and the benefits it can bring for customers. You'll also be an expert in reporting and communicating technical reports and processes to business stakeholders, both technical and non-technical.

About us

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy, Igniting Change , along with our internal EDI group, Kaleidoscope, and a growing number of employee network groups (our Affinity Groups), help us create an environment where all our colleagues and volunteers can succeed. Interview process First stage interviews will be a short one-way video interview, successful candidates will then be invited to attend an interview via MS Teams. Interviews for the Director of Technology - Medical opportunity will be held on 28th and 29th May, via MS Teams. Second stage interviews will be held, in person at our London head office, on 6th June. Interviews for the Director of Technology - Commercial and Retailopportunity will be held on 29th and 30th May, via MS Teams. Second stage interviews will be held, in person at our London head office, on 11th June.
How to apply

It's quick and easy to apply for a role at the BHF. Just click on the apply button below. All you'll need is an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement, outlining your interest in the role and how you meet the role's criteria.

As part of our commitment to be an inclusive employer and ensure fairness and consistency in selecting the best candidate for this role, the BHF will use anonymous CV software as part of the application journey.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us
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