Associate Director of Digital Programme Delivery

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year pa
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are searching for our new Associate Director of Programme Delivery to join our senior informatics team to produce and deliver the 3-year digital plan. You will be responsible for producing the overall 3-year programme plan which will turn the strategy into a work programme and enable you and your management team to identify the funding and resources required for delivery. You will need to Lead the PMO working closely with the CIO and all key stakeholders, also working with our customers you will align programmes to the annual delivery plan our Trust's priority programmes. You will also lead and support diversity of talent, ensuring everyone can thrive and belong at UHS.

We are a dynamic and fast paced environment, which is always evolving and always improving and encourages innovation. We are committed to your career development and offer a supportive, flexible and collaborative working environment.

Main duties of the job


You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

About us


As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

At UHS we are committed to providing a flexible working environment. We believe that it benefits everyone if we achieve a positive work-life balance. Whether you are balancing family, study or your wellbeing with your career, we want to support you so you can help our patients.

We're proud to have been voted in the Top Five acute Trusts for our commitment to supporting our staff to achieve work-life balance.

UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme and life insurance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Working collaboratively, you will deliver integrated and aligned programmes of work that deliver on our trust priorities
  • Lead on digital transformation and develop a robust approach for the implementation of projects and programmes to a wide range of internal and external end users
  • Lead on risk management, ensuring programme and projects are managed and assured within UHS digital
  • Manage the successful delivery of programme objectives against the Trusts strategy. Ensuring programmes are delivered on time, within the agreed financial constraints and delivering identifiable improvements and efficiencies.
  • You will have a proven track record of leading complex multi-million pound portfolios, including large scale contracts, technical business cases and leading digital services
  • You will bring knowledge of programme and project management within a technical setting and experience of managing large scale highly complex programmes
  • With excellent inter-personal, team development, leadership and communications skills, you will be committed to building positive working partnerships with senior managers, staff and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will be able to demonstrate and live our UHS Values and share our vision and direction for the division and the trust in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and compassion.
The closing date is 11th June 2023.

Shortlisting will take place on the 15th June 2023.

A Teams Stakeholder session will be held on 19th June 2023

Candidates will then be invited to a final panel interview at UHS on 3rd July 2023.

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Person Specification

Skills and competencies


  • Budget management
  • Leadership
  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Ability to learn and assimilate information quickly
  • Analytical thinking
  • Change management
  • Data analysis
  • Negotiation skills
  • Workforce planning
  • Presentation skills
  • People management
  • Financial management
  • Communication

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree in computer related/numerate subject or significant equivalent experience with highly specialist technical knowledge in relevant field
  • Educated to Master's degree or significant equivalent experience with highly specialist technical knowledge in relevant field
  • Evidence of further leadership and management training or equivalent
  • PRINCE II or equivalent e.g. APM NHS systems, data and commissioning processes Programme management qualification (MSP) or demonstrable experience
  • Portfolio management qualification or demonstrable experience
  • Complex multi-million-pound budget/programme project management delivery
  • Previous experience of authoring complex technical business cases for > �3m value including detailed option appraisals
  • Significant proven and demonstrated experience as senior manager, head of service, programme lead or architect in IT / digital services
  • Practical experience of multi-vendor systems integration
  • Knowledge of supplier community and account management
  • Experience of managing significant and highly complex contracts, which includes overall responsibility for the relationship as well as for individual projects or programmes to be delivered
  • Programme / project manager within technical / IT setting. Experience managing large scale highly complex and sensitive programmes with high levels of risk
  • Extensive experience of leading a team delivering change in a service-critical and complex environment
  • Staff management experience at a senior level including change management and redesign of service delivery
  • Procurement experience including options appraisal and selection of suppliers/authorising purchases


  • ITIL Expert
  • TOGAF 9 Certified
  • Management of Risk (MOR)
  • NHS systems, data and commissioning processes

Living the Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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