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Head of Programme Delivery

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Recruiter: NHS Blood and Transplant
Listed on: 9th April
Location: National by agreement at one of our main centres
Salary/Rate: £63,751 - £73,664
Salary Notes: pa plus HCA allowance where applicable
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP


Technology programmes don't get much more important than this. The mission: to modernise the technology that underpins the UK blood supply chain to support the wider NHS and our donors and patients. In a fast paced, agile environment, you'll help us build new capabilities and deliver real technology change, faster and more effectively than ever as we support the realisation of NHSBT's core mission of saving and improving more lives.

The work of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) impacts on a huge proportion of the population. Every month, we gather thousands of units of blood for transfusion purposes, and we work tirelessly to enable the retrieval and transportation organs and tissues to the optimal patient. Digital, Data and Technology Services play a vital part in this work. And it is within this forward-thinking team that you could find an exceptional challenge, plus the scope to develop your skills and expertise even further. 

About the role

Taking responsibility for the effective and safe delivery of all blood technology change to patient safety critical applications which are part of the national critical infrastructure (NCI). You'll head up our £30M, five-year programme and manage the team through our modernisation journey which aims to future proof the UK Blood Supply Chain.

As a senior leader within blood technology, you will be directly responsible for the successful delivery and programme management of the Blood Technology Modernisation (BTM) programme as well as be responsible for the managing the delivery of all new and BAU demand coming into the blood technology product centre. You will ensure we deliver our key business benefits whilst meeting time, cost and quality targets.

You will have the opportunity to lead, shape and inspire our newly formed blood technology product centre which will contain 40+ colleagues as well as partners and suppliers which will deliver the programme and also create a sustainable change capability in the organisation to deliver future demand.

You also engage with senior stakeholders including executives and board members as you are tasked with communicating clear programme updates both written & verbal as well as work on strategic planning initiatives with the senior management team, deputising for the Assistant Director of Blood Technology when required.

About you

We are looking for senior candidates who have significant experience in both leading and delivering complex technical change to national critical applications and infrastructure (NCI) as well as delivering large scale software modernisation / legacy transformation in the public sector.

We are looking for candidates who bring a positive, can-do attitude to their work and are able to lead an organisation through change and build and maintain a high quality and engaged team. We expect you to be well versed in project and delivery management methodologies (both agile and waterfall) and ideally have a related qualification or degree to underpin your practical experience.

We will also look for you to:

  • Have extensive experience of managing strategic business programmes through the project lifecycle from inception to completion including the realisation of benefits.
  • Have strong knowledge and experience of managing project and programme budgets, contributing to financial budget setting and efficiency initiatives.
  • Proven leadership and management experience, including remote line management of staff and external suppliers and contractors
  • Demonstrate a stong focus on performance management, developing performance management systems and holding colleagues to account
  • Be a expert communicator able to present complex and sensitive information to senior stakeholders clearly both verbally and written
  • Be able to review and assimilate a wide variety of information and draw conclusions from data using analytical skills
  • Have excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, ensuring delivery of outcomes within timescales and available resources
  • Be able to make significant budgetary and management decisions autonomously or with limited input
  • Be capable of provide leadership and professional advice in a challenging and changing environment

About us

At NHSBT, we set standards that other healthcare organisations aspire to. Our people are passionate about saving and enhancing as many lives as possible, and despite the difficult circumstances of the last year, they have worked collaboratively to drive the most incredible results.

We champion a truly progressive mind-set in which we all want to raise our standards wherever possible, so you will find an exceptional workplace in which to implement your skills. In turn, we can offer a friendly working environment in which colleagues genuinely enjoy the work that they are doing, enhanced by exceptional training and development opportunities.

You will also have access to a generous benefits package that includes plenty of annual leave, a competitive pension, multiple staff discounts and a great work/life balance.

So, if you are ready to put your skills to the test in an organisation that will challenge you to think bigger and better, then you will be a natural fit in our team. 

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

This is a 2 year fixed term contract. 

Interviews are expected to be held 5th & 6th May 2021.

Closing date 19th April 2021.

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Contact Name: NHS Blood and Transplant
Reference: TJ/5885/918-IM7071
Job ID: 2917100

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