BUPA Group

BUPA is a global health and care organisation offering a broad range of related services. A leading international healthcare group offering personal & company health insurance, running care homes for older people and hospitals, and providing workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare. With no shareholders, they invest profits to provide more and better healthcare. Employing nearly 52,000 people, BUPA has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America

Harcourt Matthews have supported both group finance, Hospitals and Home Healthcare, resourcing & recruiting and supplying people UK wide in the Accounting & Finance arena

BUPA Hospitals, now Spire Healthcare, was a key division of the BUPA group, t/o £320m with circa 25 UK hospitals. These hospitals were nationwide and locations included Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Harpenden, Ilford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Norwich, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Southend, Tonbridge, Wirral & Warrington

An internal review of the Commercial Finance and Transactions Shared Services communities identified the need to leverage higher calibre and quality of operationally focused finance specialists and senior clerical accounting support staff that reflected the redesigned business. Key objectives included:

  • Replacement of those individuals leaving the organisation
  • Dissolution of the internal audit function and development of a commercially focused accounting function
  • Additional development of a customer focused clerical accounting support function
  • Rationalisation of teams and the recruitment of more "business minded" Management Accountants, Operations Finance Analysts, Area Finance Analysts, Regional Financial Controllers, Operations Financial Controller and senior clerical accounting support staff, raising the quality of work delivered in each hospital

The project resulted in the successful recruitment of 23 qualified & part qualified accountant and 14 clerical accounting individuals in phase 1, with additional recruitment on phases 2 and 3. Success on phase 1 project management led to our inclusion into the BUPA Group preferred supplier list with ongoing recruitment for both Spire Healthcare and BUPA.

BUPA Home Healthcare is the UK's most experienced provider of comprehensive high tech and specialist homecare. The organisation works alongside the NHS, social, educational establishments and private medical insurers to ensure that patients treated in the comfort of their own home receive the best possible care and attention. BUPA group acquired Clinovia, a private equity backed home healthcare provider, where Harcourt Matthews partnered the senior management team in developing the people structure and supported a variety of recruitment processes, enabling the business to grow rapidly from an SME into a substantial medium sized business prior to Its sale to BUPA. As the senior management team migrated away and bought out, Harcourt Matthews established further relations with the incoming BUPA management team, and supported them in identifying internal candidate talent from other parts of the group, and recruited others to support an aggressive growth strategy from the external market

Internal reviews of existing and new business, to meet the strategic plans, identified the need to leverage higher calibre and commercial quality of staff for head office and commercial projects. The Group MD and the CFO sought to make step changes in the level and capability of the team and at the same time reduce the number of temporary staff within the whole business community in Harlow and the rest of the UK.

In group and the divisions several key objectives were highlighted, including:

  • Identifying commercially and technically focused individuals to evolve best practice in Accounting & Finance, specifically in planning & analysis, forecasting, reporting & commercial financial control and Accounting IT systems 

Harcourt Matthews has established several recruitment campaigns and range of candidate sourcing processes to attract a wide range of candidate types encompassing:

  • Accessing our network & extensive CV database, existing contacts and gaining new referrals / recommendations
  • Accessing several jobsite CV databases covering the active UK candidate market
  • Advertising on several job boards
  • Using our internal and several 3rd party outsourced research businesses contracted to identify and to supply scarce candidate resource (passive & non active people)
  • Specific sector headhunting campaigns complementing the above approach
  • Direct mail-shot programmes to specific accounting & finance trained CIMA, ACCA and ACA individuals who fulfilled the Accounting & Finance brief

This has resulted in the successful recruitment of several qualified accountants & part qualified accountants and inclusion as a preferred supplier list for the UK business

Jobs supported & recruited for include: Interim, temporary & permanent

BUPA Group
Business Analyst 
Group  Financial Analyst
Group Analyst Reporting & Planning
Group Management Accountant
Internal Auditor
Senior Internal Auditor
Senior Group Management Accountant
Systems Accountant
Project Accountant - IT

BUPA Hospitals
Commercial Finance Manager
Financial Analyst
Finance Manager - Birmingham & Solihull & Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Finance Manager - Edinburgh, Scotland 
Finance Manager - Harpenden & Bushey (Watford), Hertfordshire
Finance Manager - Leeds, West Yorkshire
Finance Manager - Leicester
Finance Manager - Liverpool & Wirral, Merseyside
Finance Manager - London 
Finance Manager - Manchester & Macclesfield & Warrington, Cheshire
Finance Manager - Norwich, Norfolk & Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Finance Manager - Portsmouth, Havant, Hampshire
Finance Manager - Reading, Berkshire & Slough, Buckinghamshire & Farnham, Surrey
Finance Manager - Southampton, Hampshire 
Finance Manager - Brentwood, Redbridge (Ilford), Southend On Sea, Essex
Finance Manager - Chatham, Hythe  & Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Finance Manager - Wirral & Warrington
Operational Auditor Manager
Operational Financial Controller
Operations Business Analyst
Operations Finance Analyst
Operations Finance Manager
Project Analyst
Regional Commercial Financial Controller
Senior Financial Analyst Projects
Senior Finance Analyst
Senior Management Accountant

BUPA Home Healthcare
Accounts Assistant
Commercial Accountant
Commercial Analyst
Commercial Finance Manager
Commercial Financial Controller
Finance Manager
Financial Accountant
Financial analyst
Financial Analyst - Pricing
Head of Financial Reporting
Head of Purchasing
Interim Accountant
Interim Financial Accountant
Interim Financial Controller
M&A Integration Finance Manager
Management Accountant
Management Accounting Manager
Pricing Analyst
Project Accountant
Senior Credit Control Supervisor
Senior Financial Analyst
Strategy analyst & Modeller