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Senior Project Manager

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Project Management
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Quarry House or Skipton House
Leeds or London
£42,414 - £49,969 per annum
24/02/2019 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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Change and Programme Delivery Group - Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

Band 8a – x 5 Senior Project Manager positions (3 positions in Leeds and 2 positions in London)  

Location: Leeds or London - Please state your preferred location in your application

Proposed interview dates in Leeds and London are between 15th and 23rd March 2019.

Imagine being able to work on at least two different assignments in 3-6 months that enable you to experience how other parts of the organisation work. Our Senior Project Manager positions are ideal for candidates who thrive on being flexible, are problem solvers and enjoy working on diverse, complex and challenging initiatives. If you are seeking an opportunity to hone your project management skills on a range of assignments to support some of NHS England’s priority programmes and projects, then this opportunity is for you.  

In exchange for your skills, expertise and ability to make an immediate and positive impact on the projects/programmes you will be assigned; we will provide you with a supportive home team which is committed to developing its staff and offering career progression within the organisation. 

We are eager to hear from you if believe you can thrive in this environment - we strongly encourage candidates to get in touch to learn more about our C&PD team and the work we do. 

Ideally you should possess a relevant programme and/or project management qualification (or equivalent experience), as subject matter expertise in this area is a fundamental part of this role. If you would like to know more about the type of experience we consider equivalent please contact us before submitting your application. 

If you have applied for roles with the team in the last 6 months, but were not shortlisted, we are happy to accept a fresh application. Please take the opportunity to speak to the team before applying. 

The Role and Your Experience

As a Senior Project Manager within C&PD, you will work as part of a dynamic team in providing an effective flexible service to support teams from across NHS England in their work to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and Long-Term Plan. 

You will:

  • be a capable and motivated individual with demonstrable experience of contributing to successful delivery of government/public sector programmes, supporting the successful implementation of business change, and working with a broad range of stakeholders and delivery partners.
  • possess a strong working knowledge of project and programme management methodology, working towards practitioner status (acquired either through possession of a recognised qualification in this area or through work based experience).
  • be able to work autonomously, to tight deadlines and have strong communication and analytical skills.
  • have the ability and resilience to quickly integrate and establish good working relationships with the teams you will be assigned to. 

Having strong core project and programme management skills is a must, but we also want to recruit experienced professionals with a wide range of competencies and backgrounds. Therefore, additional skills or experience in any of the following areas would also be beneficial:

  • Health and social care policy, strategy and/or data analysis/research
  • Social media support, web and branding design/development
  • Event, workshop and conference management/facilitation experience
  • Benefits change and realisation analysis
  • Commercial or procurement experience
  • Business case development and financial modelling. 

You will join a great team with staff based in London and Leeds, which is committed to provide significant opportunities for professional development as well as opportunities to contribute to the development of our team and service model.

The Team

The Change and Programme Delivery Team (C&PD), within the Transformation and Corporate Operations (TCO) Directorate, supports NHS England programmes to achieve strategic objectives and priorities for the NHS. You will join a team with a passion for developing our staff and get the opportunity to contribute to broader initiatives such as our team Peer Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Organisational Development groups. As a team we champion our organisation’s commitment to volunteering, and co-ordinate a number of opportunities to support charities and other organisations. 

Our team members work and thrive in a dynamic, matrix-style team environment and enjoy solving complex health and care problems. The team acts as a flexible pool of resources that provide dedicated support, advice and expertise in programme management, delivery and mobilisation, organisational change and other areas. By providing these resources and expertise internally, we optimise the use of skills and retain talent currently within the organisation whilst reducing spend on external contractors. 

As such, our team supports a wide range of high-profile programmes and transformative initiatives within NHS England, with the majority of our work delivering against our established health and care priorities from the Five Year Forward View and Long Term Plan. 

Some examples of the programmes we have recently, or are currently, supporting include: the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, the National Cancer Strategy, ‘Right Care’, the General Practice Forward View, and the NHS England & NHS Improvement Joint Working Programme. Therefore, you will get the chance to work on some of the most important programmes of work in the health system. 

We are keen to hear from candidates who are passionate about transformation and want to make meaningful impact to the wider NHS and the people who use its services.

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