Chief Operating Officer - NSW Health - ExecutiveCareer

First listed on: 01 October 2020
Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer
Executive Band 1

NSW Health Pathology

An opportunity exists to join the NSW Health Pathology leadership team in providing operational oversight across NSW

This role will be located in St Leonards or Newcastle

Role Outline

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for managing operational portfolios, staff and resources to provide cost effective, high quality and comprehensive management of Pathology services in line with NSWHP’s strategic and business objectives under the delegation of the Executive Director Clinical Operations. The position has statewide:

  1. oversight of pathology operations, including amalgamated review of performance and financial data to inform decision-making
  2. review and coordination of statewide service contracts and procurement decisions
  3. supporting Operations Directors in maintaining a focus on establishing and meeting budget targets and
  4. together with the Executive Director Clinical Operations, leading and sponsoring the delivery of statewide service reviews, service redesign and equipment rollout projects.

For further information, download the role description.

Applying for this Role

You are required to submit a one page covering letter, including a short statement in response to the two targeted questions below:

  1. Please outline the experience and qualities you would bring to this role to assist NSW Health Pathology in delivering its strategic objectives. What would you hope to achieve by the end of your first year as a Chief Operating Officer?
  2. What do you see as the main operational challenges in delivering a statewide public pathology service

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • Relevant qualification in Business, Management or other related field or relevant experience working at a Director level.
  • Experience at a senior level, delivering policy outcomes, strategic planning or performance improvement within a complex, sensitive and high-volume environment
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of pathology or related service delivery, including legislative and regulatory requirements, and the principles of clinical governance, operational risk management and service improvement
  • Extensive experience in communicating with stakeholders on a wide range of professional and sensitive matters
  • Expertise in the analysis of financial and other performance metrics to guide decision-making

This is an ongoing, full time, Band 1, Health Service senior executive (HSSE) role. An attractive remuneration package within the range of $202,040 to $225,094 per annum, with annual performance reviews, will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please contact Robert Lindeman, Executive Director, Clinical Operations on 0420 770 701 or should you have any additional questions about the role.

Please click here to apply for the advert through the Health Career Portal (search by job reference number REQ190986).

NSW Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


  • The selection methods for this role are in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and employment arrangements for the NSW public sector.
  • Applicants must respond to the two targeted questions and submit an up to date resume. For further guidance, refer to Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their proficiency in the capabilities outlined in the Role Description. These will be assessed through the recruitment process to determine their suitability for appointment. For further information, refer to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.
  • To be eligible for employment, you must be one of the following:
    • An Australian citizen;
    • A permanent resident of Australia;
    • A New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport; or
    • A citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia
    • You can only be offered employment in this role for the duration that your current visa allows you to work in Australia; and you can only be offered ongoing employment if you have a permanent visa that allows you to work in Australia.
  • Relevant standard screening checks will be undertaken following interviews e.g. National Police Check, Service Checks, Proof of ID etc.
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Applications close: 27 October 2020 (11.59pm)