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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/06/2022.

Assistant Director IT Live Services

Job Reference: 918-IM9321

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Digital, Data and Technology Services
London, Barnsley, Bristol, Birmingham or Liverpool
£78,192 - £90,387 plus HCAS where applicable

About Us

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority dedicated to saving and improving lives. We are an essential part of the NHS providing a wide range of services making the most of absolutely every donation – from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells. Few organisations have the ability to reach so many, delivering the best possible service to patients, donors and the NHS. The range of our work providing diagnostic and therapeutic services, organ donation & transplantation, and blood supply, demands that our operations are world class, providing a safe, reliable and efficient supply across the UK by working seamlessly with an unparalleled range of stakeholders including government, volunteers, the health sector and academia.

We employ over 6,400 people across the UK, with a total revenue of over £485 million, delivering blood, and blood-based therapies across England; Diagnostic and Therapeutic services globally; and organ donation and supply services for the whole of the UK. As an organisation, equality of opportunity and appreciation of diversity in its many forms is central not only to our relationships with employees but also to our donors and the patients we serve. We are an organisation that is growing. In 2021 ministers lifted the ban on UK plasma for fractionation and NHSBT is now working to supply plasma to the UK, reducing its dependence on the US for critical plasma-derived medicines.

We stand for helping ordinary people do something extraordinary, saving and improving the lives of others with their valuable donations.

We are immensely proud that our activities support the incredible altruism and generosity of donors, bringing together communities across the country. As the requirements of patients across the UK continue to evolve, so must our response to donor recruitment. This includes a strategic push to increase the number of BAME donors to more closely match the requirements of the patients we serve.

The Role

We are looking for a Senior IT Services leader to join our Digital Data and Technology Services team and work alongside us to take the next step on our Live Services journey. Some fabulous work has already been done including modernising processes, automating key tasks and building new capabilities within our team. But, with all the new capabilities that we will deliver over the coming years and Critical National Infrastructure to support there is still much to do, including the continued shift to product centric working and implementation of DevSecOps.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the Critical National Infrastructure that powers the supply of Blood, Platelets, Plasma, Organs and Cellular Therapies is available to NHSBT staff, the NHS and our donors, in line with agreed service levels. You will lead a multi-functional team of IT Services, Operations and Technology Services professionals responsible for NHSBTs Live Services, you will lead in-house teams alongside relationships with strategic suppliers who enhance the capabilities and capacity of the internal teams.

We are on a mission to transform the capabilities of the organisation and ensure that technology enables every patient to get the donation they need. This will require you to proactively champion the use of digital technologies to improve productivity, collaboration and enable flexible working across the organisation and you will be part of a group leading on Digital, Data and Technology Services and Strategy and Transformation across NHSBT.

We’ll be counting on you to use your expertise in delivering live services to influence change across the organisation and you can count on us to make sure that you are joining an inclusive workplace where you will be supported and offered continuous development opportunities.

Please click on the link to the candidate information pack to view the full details about the role and how to apply. As part of your application for this role you will be asked to upload a CV, please do not include any Personal information or Sensitive Personal Data within your CV or your supporting information statement.

The successful candidate may be based at one of our main centres in London, Barnsley, Bristol, Birmingham or Liverpool, final location to be agreed at interview.

Closing date: 8 June

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 27 June.

For further information please contact

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NHS Blood and Transplant encourages and supports uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

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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