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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/04/2021.

Senior Delivery Lead

Job Reference: 918-IM7091

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Blood Technology
National: This is a national vacancy, the successful candidate may be based at any of our main centres
£53,168 - £62,001 plus HCA where applicable

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 leading the safe and effective delivery of highly complex technology change to a national critical application and associated technology, you will oversee the entire software delivery lifecycle from discovery through to delivery into the live environment. The deliveries you lead and oversee will be the vehicle through which the blood technology modernisation journey is realised that will future proof the UK blood supply chain.


As a senior leader within the blood technology product centre, you will be responsible for managing delivery budgets, a team of delivery managers and acting as the main point of escalation for any delivery risks, issues and decisions. You will work closely the Head of Programme Delivery and Planning Manager to ensure the product centre is able to plan, schedule and deliver the change required to realise the modernisation journey whilst embedding a standardised approach to delivery management and a culture of continuous improvement within the team.


Outwith the product centre delivery, you will be working with other Head of Product centres to ensure alignment in delivery approach and form part of the delivery community of practice where you will have the opportunity to shape delivery best practice as well as to mentor and learn from colleagues across the organisation.


About you


We are looking for senior candidates who have significant delivery management experience, who have a digital, agile mindset along with a positive and can-do attitude. We want you to play a key role in the development of our team through mentoring and coaching whilst wanting to develop your own skills further.


As a senior leader, you will use your experiencing delivering large scale technology change to help us realise our ambitious programme goals. 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 an expert knowledge of agile and traditional delivery practices, tools and techniques and a solid understanding of the Government Digital Standards (GDS)
  • Have strong experience in leading design and delivery teams throughout the software delivery lifecycle, getting the most out of your colleagues with your exceptional communication and influencing skills.
  • Have great problem-solving skills, with the ability to anticipate risks and identify the measures that need to be taken whilst communicating progress to senior executives and boards.
  • Be capable of managing the performance of third-party contracted suppliers and service providers.
  • Have great problem-solving skills, with the ability to anticipate risks and identify the measures that need to be taken.
  • Be a team-player who enjoys working with and managing a wide range of senior stakeholders.


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.

For more information click on the link Blood technology modernisation in the Further Links section

Interviews are expected to be held week commencing 4th May 2021

Closing date 26th April 2021

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

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.

Three small words, one big difference - Caring, Expert and Quality.

Together we'll save and improve more lives than ever

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