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Programme Support Officer

Job Reference: J32-A-19-0464

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Business Planning

The HFEA strives to:

  • be an effective regulator commanding stakeholder confidence by ensuring compliance with the law
  • inform patient choice, securely hold personal data, and maximise public understanding (of available and developing treatments, embryology research, and the HFEA and its role)
  • encourage consistently high quality standards of treatment and research in the sector by putting the patient experience first
  • be an effective organisation with strong governance that adds value and reduces bureaucracy
  • ensure the HFEA and the sector keep abreast of new scientific and research developments through continued collaborative working with scientific and professional bodies
  • recognise and address the needs of the HFEA’s many and varied audiences, and specifically to consider the patient experience in all our work.

Are you keen to be part of an evolving organisation at the leading edge of regulation, where the intellectual challenge is high and the potential to make a difference is immeasurable?

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the UK’s independent regulator of clinics providing fertility treatment and research involving human embryos.

We are looking for a highly organised person who is skilled in project management to join us for a 9-month maternity cover contract. Assisting with a fascinating and variable range of projects, and based in our Planning and Governance team, the Programme Support Officer will:

  • · Run and minute our Programme Board.
  • · Monitor delivery of our portfolio of projects, keeping track of progress, benefits, lessons learned and risks.
  • · Maintain our PRINCE2-based project management procedures and core documents, and provide staff with advice, assistance and in-house training.
  • · Assist the Risk and Business Planning Manager with the continuous improvement of Programme Management Office (PMO) processes and documentation, including preparing the PMO to assure Agile projects in the future.
  • · Draft, and sometimes present, regular reports to internal committees on project and planning issues.
  • · Help to ensure all project business cases are properly linked to overall strategic delivery.


You will be a self-motivated, organised and flexible person, with an eye for detail and a determination to ensure our projects are successful in realising their benefits. You will be an enthusiastic advocate for the value of good project management techniques, and will keep us on track in running our projects according to best practice.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys supporting others to solve project problems, rolling your sleeves up when the need arises. You will relish working across the whole organisation, communicating effectively with staff at all levels to help project managers and sponsors succeed in delivery.


This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in the Planning and Governance team to help ensure that everyone in the UK affected by fertility treatment receives high quality care. You will have the chance to make a real and tangible difference to our work and the lives of patients. For more information about the work we do, please visit our website.

If you would like more information, please contact Helen Crutcher on 020 7291 8319.

Secondments would be considered

We are keen to recruit people with a wide range of skills and experiences and an understanding of issues for a range of people using our services.

We welcome applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

Our Equality Objectives include building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality and human rights in order to undertake their job role.

We use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to check that we do not discriminate in employment and to plan any positive action to address inequality.

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