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Chief Operating Officer (HealthTech Research Centre)

Vacancy Reference 185-12582-6568

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Band 8b: £58,972 - £68,525 per annum pro rata
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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon
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Region / Division:
Eastern Services - Agenda for Change
Staff Group:
Administrative & Clerical

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Role Summary

Interested in a role where innovation and technology meet at the cutting edge of health and care? Ready to make your mark with plenty of support but huge autonomy to shape the future of Healthcare Technology? Opportunities like this do not come around very often.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

We are seeking a Chief Operating Officer for the newly formed NIHR HealthTech Research Centre in Sustainable Innovation, hosted by the The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and delivered in partnership with the University of Exeter. The HealthTech Research Centre (HRC) based in Exeter, is one of 14 newly established research centres across England with the objective of working with Commercial Organisations, Researchers and Clinical staff to drive innovation in Health Technology.

You will be an experienced, Senior Manager with a passion for transforming services using newly developed technologies. You will likely come from a life sciences or similar background with a strong understanding of business development and delivery, and operational knowledge of how to deliver projects from ideation to commercialisation through partnership working and an ability to generate funding models.

This is a new position and an opportunity to really make your mark. You will be given the autonomy to truly shape the strategic direction and success of the HRC with the underlying support of your employer, the Royal Devon, the NIHR infrastructure and the University of Exeter innovation team.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is frequently voted as one of the best NHS Trusts to work for. We value and respect our workforce as well as their diversity, health and well-being. We are based in the South West of England, in a county renowned for its natural beauty, schools, infrastructure and quality of life.

Working Pattern: 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For more information please contact: Michelle Treglown, Executive and Specialist Recruitment Resourcer on 07720 168623 or email or Emily Simpson, Executive and Specialist Recruitment Lead on 07958 931414 or email

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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