Head of Strategy

British Heart Foundation
Management, Project Management, Strategy & Consultancy
Salary Details
£55,000 - £62,000 p/a + benefits
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Closing Date
We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Strategy to play a key role in improving the quality of cross-organisation strategic thinking and decision-making to accelerate the delivery of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) strategy to 2030.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Strategy & Impact and working alongside two other Heads of Strategy, you’ll instigate, deliver, and influence activity in four inter-related areas:

  1.  Futures, foresight, and associated analysis to identify and assess future strategic challenges and opportunities for the BHF
  2.  Accelerated progression of the BHF’s strategic initiatives 
  3.  Strategic planning to ensure robust, strategically aligned plans across the BHF
  4.  Strategic performance and impact to enable the organisation to have sight of, and challenge on, progress towards the delivery of the BHF’s Strategy to 2030

You'll work closely with staff and senior stakeholders across and outside the BHF to manage and evaluate complex strategic projects and programmes in line with the BHF organisational strategy, providing independent expert challenges to enable the BHF to meet its long term ambitions.

You’ll work closely with the other Heads of Strategy to agree the deployment of a team of managers and analysts in an agile way to best meet the needs of the organisation.
Working arrangements

This is a dual location role, with your working time split between your Home and our London Office. This will allow us to unlock our best work for our cause, blending the best of home and office working.

Here at the BHF we understand that you might need a little help balancing your work and home life. Many of our people work flexibly in many ways. Please feel free to talk to us about the flexibility you may need; we’re happy to explore what’s possible for you and the role.

About you

With a strong understanding and application of strategic analysis, strategy development, strategic planning and strategy consulting principles, you’ll have excellent communication and team building skills, able to develop and grow relationships with key stakeholders, including senior leaders, across multiple business areas.
To complement the skills of the other Heads of Strategy, you’ll have a strong knowledge and understanding of biomedical science as well as the wider research and health ecosystem. A knowledge of cardiovascular science would be an advantage but is not essential.
With previous experience of developing and delivering strategy across a range of areas within complex organisational environments, you’ll also have experience in leading and running complex projects / programmes and developing and managing performance reporting systems and frameworks.

Able to translate complexity into clear narrative, you’ll consistently demonstrate an ability to transform strategic working into real world benefit through effective leadership and project management. You'll also be able to think creatively above and beyond immediate requirements, able to influence and persuade others, including senior leaders, to enable consensus within groups and to foster innovation across an organisation.

What can we offer you?

Our Career Academy provides you with support, inspiration, and opportunities to help you unlock your full potential. 

Our generous staff benefits include:

  •  30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  •  Private medical insurance
  •  Dental health cover
  •  Contribution towards gym membership
  •  Pension with employer contribution up to 10%
  •  Life assurance

We have been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for our Live Well. Work Well. Programme. Heart health is central to our mission, and that starts with you. We provide a programme of activities, opportunities, and guidance to inspire and support you to live a healthy and happy life, at home and at work.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early. Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory basic DBS check. 

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. 

To apply: Click the apply link to be transferred to our recruitment site where you can download the full job description and apply online. To help us to manage our advertising resources, please mention Ethical Jobseeker in your application. 

Company Description

At the British Heart Foundation, we are focused on the urgent need to fund more research into heart and circulatory diseases like heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and the conditions that cause them, to find answers fit for 21st century challenges. We are independent, have more than fifty years of breakthroughs under our belts and we won’t stop in funding life saving research.

We celebrate diversity and make inclusion part of what we do every day. Diversity and Inclusion forms a main pillar in our People Experience Strategy. Our aim is for all of our colleagues and volunteers to bring their true self to work, so we can continue to fund life saving research.