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Chief Executive British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)

Join the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) as our new Chief Executive and champion the specialty, influencing change and building a thriving community of best practice…

  • Location: London, EC4Y 8EE (Hybrid working with minimum two days in the office)
  • Salary: £80,000 - £100,500 depending on experience, plus benefits
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) is a membership organisation which brings together expertise from across the rheumatology profession, harnessing a wide variety of experience and skills to ensure we are supporting our members to the very best of our combined ability. Our mission is to ensure people with rheumatic conditions receive the best possible care.

Our members are a well-established, collaborative community of like-minded professionals who represent the depth and breadth of the entire profession and provide a powerful voice for paediatric, adolescent and adult rheumatology. We champion members to deliver the best care at all stages of the rheumatology care pathway by providing practical and relevant support, tools to enhance professional development and opportunities to connect with each other and key stakeholders.

About the role

Leading an organisation of 40 staff and income of £5m, the Chief Executive will ensure that our new 5-year strategy is delivered. You will further develop our philosophy and values, build collaborative working relationships across the sector and develop our external profile and visibility. You will provide strategic, financial, and operational leadership for BSR.

Who are we looking for?

We seek a senior leader with experience of championing organisational values, fostering collaborative working relationships, and driving continuous improvement and innovation. You will come with experience in budget responsibility and oversight in a similar-sized or larger organisation, and crucially experience of managing teams with emotional intelligence. You will have knowledge of key current issues in the healthcare landscape and an understanding of charity commission rules and the parameters within which charities work. Ultimately, you will have the ability to demonstrate honesty and professional integrity, be persuasive, with ability to get key messages across on complex issues, and with the proven ability to lead teams with a highly complex portfolio.

BSR is committed to encouraging inclusion, equity and diversity in our workforce. We welcome approaches from individuals from underrepresented groups, including those from minoritised communities, and those with a disability, to better reflect the community we serve and help broaden our perspectives.

Benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits, most of which start from day one of joining us. Our benefits fall into four main areas: well-being, time-based, learning and development, and financial. Between January and June 2023, we’re trialling a 4.5 day working week. You can see the full range of benefits here.

Flexible working

Nearly all of our roles are hybrid. At BSR, this means that most of us work in the office for 2 days a week and from other locations 3 days a week. Our office is for activities focussed on collaboration and communication. Our teams have co-created our ways of working, where each team works out how they use time spent in various locations to meet their objectives. Our focus on digital well-being and productivity supports our aim to be a workplace where everyone thrives. Our full-time working week is 35 hours, although between January and June 2023, we’re trialling a 4.5 day working week. We offer a lot of flexibility around this, so you’re not tied to a 9am-5pm day. Inclusivity is one of our organisational values, which means that we ensure work location does not have any impact on anyone’s ability to input into decisions or reduce anyone’s career progression.


To learn more, please read on through this recruitment site. To access the full job information pack, please complete the ‘How to apply’ tab.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rachel Davies

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Chief Executive position at British Society for Rheumatology (BSR).

This is an exciting time to join us, as we’ve just launched our new 5 year strategy, and we have a new President taking office from June 2023. We’re a small organisation with huge ambitions. We’re proud of having built a great culture together, with a one-team feel where everyone is able to develop professionally and feel included.

Our new Chief Executive will drive our ambition to ensure people with rheumatic conditions receive the best possible care. You’ll be responsible for leading our new 5-year strategy and ensuring that the society remains relevant and responsive to the increasing challenges that the specialty faces. Continuous improvement and growth has guided our success in recent years, which has enabled BSR to build a talented staff team of 40 people and introduce innovative approaches to our ways of working and external activities. You’ll build on this to help take us to the next level of our journey towards gold Investors in People accreditation, as part of our people and culture strategy.

We think BSR is a great place to work. In our most recent staff survey (December 2022):

  • 100% of our team said they were proud to work for BSR
  • 97% said they were empowered to do meaningful work
  • 97% said BSR was a good place to work

If you are an experienced leader who can drive continuous improvement and innovation, as well as foster collaborative working relationships with other organisations, then we’d love to hear from you.


If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

About BSR

The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) is a membership organisation that brings together expertise from across the rheumatology profession, harnessing a wide variety of experience and skills to ensure we champion the specialty, influence change, and build a thriving community of best practice.

Our strategic priorities for the next 5 years are

  • promote excellence and drive up standards in the delivery of rheumatology services
  • use our diverse, collective voice to inspire and activate changes that improve lives
  • support all rheumatology professionals throughout their careers to keep learning and to excel
  • build a supportive, inclusive, and high-performing community

And our values guide our approach

  • Celebratory – we celebrate the achievements in rheumatology
  • Inclusive – we support everyone in the rheumatology community
  • Sustainable – we work to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment
  • Leading – we use our profile to drive change and support those working in the specialty
  • Collaborative – we always seek to work with others to have a greater impact

What our members say about BSR

“BSR Membership is the best amongst many organisations that I have membership with”.
Paediatric Health Professional member

“For me it’s about relevance and quality of education. I can see emerging whole landscape of rheumatology, where it’s heading, what’s coming up and the guidelines and webinars have been so timely and relevant and almost a community in themselves”.
Physiotherapist

“I joined to expand knowledge, for assistance with funding opportunities through bursaries to further develop best practice. I Highly recommend joining BSR and it’s a great way to build networks. BSR provides opportunities to get involved, ensuring nurses have a voice within the Rheumatology community.”
Nurse member & RCN Rheumatology Forum Lead

“As a paediatric rheumatology trainee, I joined BSR to access educational events and network with peers and senior colleagues. I have found BSR to be welcoming and increasingly inclusive of paediatric rheumatology, supporting learning and development.”
Trainee member

“BSR offers you great opportunities to share best practice and network with people outside of your Trust”.
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If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

Accessibility

BSR is committed to encouraging inclusion, equity, and diversity in our workforce. We are actively trying to increase the diversity of our staff team. We try to reduce as many barriers as we can for those with a disability.

We know that everyone is an individual, so please always tell us what we can do to support you. Here is what we will always do:

  • Be clear on whether each stage of the process is a telephone call, in-person or online
  • Ensure our panel have good light in the room they are in and reduce sound distractions
  • Let you know who you will meet at your interview
  • Offer a familiarity session on Teams software if you have not used this before
  • Our brand and our recruitment system (Pinpoint) meet double A accessibility standards.

And you can click here to find more examples of how we can tailor our process to support you.

We welcome approaches from individuals from underrepresented groups, including those from minoritised communities, and those with a disability, to better reflect the community we serve and help broaden our perspectives.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 21st March 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 11th April 2023
    First stage interviews (virtual): Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th April 2023
    Final stage interviews (in person HQ): Wednesday 3rd May 2023


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