The Opportunity

Chief Operating Officer

Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2022-06-23
Reference: BH-29618-1
Contact Name: Catherine Reidy
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 24, 2022 13:52

Job Description

Western Health’s services comprise of four acute public hospitals: Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital (including Joan Kirner Women's and Children's), Williamstown Hospital and Bacchus Marsh & Melton Hospital. They also operate Sunbury Day Hospital, Hazeldean, Grant Lodge Residential Aged Care, as well as community health centres in Melton, Caroline Springs and Bacchus Marsh and a range of community-based services. The organisation cares for a diverse community of more than 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from Neonates to Geriatrics and their workforce of over 11,000 employees are driven by their values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). Western Health values their people and provides them the opportunity to grow and develop. Their teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring the delivery of a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.
The organisation is rapidly expanding with a program of intensive growth and related infrastructure expansion planned over the coming years. This includes the $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital, scheduled for completion in 2025 and the $900 million new Melton Hospital, with construction expected to start in 2024 and complete in 2029.
Western Health is recognised as a leading teaching and research health service of international standing and provides services across the entire lifespan from paediatrics to adults, the elderly, their families and carers.
The Western Health Operations Directorate is one of the largest and most complex of the portfolios in the organisation. The expenditure budget for the Operational Directorate is approximately $1 billion which is split across a variety of services, including over 700 inpatient beds.
Appropriate Profile
The Directorate of Operations is responsible for the core operations of Western Health including clinical services across the acute, subacute and community-based settings, ancillary support services and the recently established Western Public Health Unit. This involves responsibility for ensuring the highest quality service delivery, a sound and sustainable financial position through operational performance, strong staff engagement and support, and effective relationships with the community and consumers of care.
Against this backdrop and the fact that Western Health is growing at an unprecedented pace, only those from organisations of similar scale and complexity will be appropriate to fulfil the expectations of this position, particularly given the escalating demand. Therefore, deep operational and strategic experience as well as  the following is required:

  • Extensive experience as a senior health manager with proven ability to develop and meet strategic, operational and budgetary objectives of a multi-site tertiary level health service.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly in relation to consultation, influencing and conflict resolution.
  • Capacity to understand the complexities and challenges of the Health sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture that encourages best patient care, financial responsibility, innovation and productivity improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading major change including operational, cultural and organisational workplace changes.
  • A strong record of motivating and developing employees through effective leadership and influencing skills.
  • Proven ability to exercise sound judgement in ethical, clinical and management issues.
  • Capacity to be an effective member of the Executive team, stimulate constructive debate and support colleagues in the achievement of organisational objectives.
  • Knowledge of state, national and global health issues and directions and how they may influence the work of Western Health.
  • Tertiary qualification in health, social sciences or related field and / or postgraduate qualifications in Health Service Management including business and / or finance.
  • Experience of commissioning new buildings and moving services into them is also desirable with the New Footscray Hospital planned for a 2025 opening.

Candidate information
For a copy of the Candidate Briefing Document, which includes details on how to apply please Click Here. For further information, please contact Catherine Reidy (+61 435 285 344) at Derwent Search or email
To apply
Please send a resume and a brief application letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Candidate Briefing Document by the due date.
Applications close: Tuesday, July 5 2022.


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