The Department of Health has begun advertising for a chief executive designate for its new executive agency Public Health England.

Remuneration for the newly created post will be circa £180,000, according to a DH advert released today.

The advert said it was looking for someone with the “gravitas and enthusiasm to become a champion for public health” to take on the role of chief executive designate from April.

They will then work with a small senior management team on the “detailed design and form” of the future DH executive agency during 2012-13, before going on to “lead the new organisation comprising some 4,500-5,000 people”.

It stated: “The chief executive for Public Health England will be responsible for leading and managing an integrated delivery service at the centre of a new public health system from 1 April 2013.”

It added that the successful candidate will have experience at chief executive level and the “credibility and standing” to be able to advise ministers and to influence a wide range of stakeholders.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 February 2012.