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Senior Programme Manager

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Programme Manager

Salary: 8b

Commitment 1WTE

Base: North west based. Home based working with frequent travel to MFT and additional regional and national travel.

The NWGMSA has a diverse portfolio of regional activity and has a team developing and improving clinical pathways, a skilled workforce through engagement and training activities, leading regional genomic data and digital transformation with a strong community and patient engagement focus throughout.

The NWGMSA is leading the Pharmacogenomic and Medicines Optimisation Genomic Network of Excellence. This is a new, national scale collaborative aimed at building an evidence base for the implementation of pharmacogenomic testing in the NHS. The network will operate at scale and pace to identify opportunities in primary care through a national clinical trial, plus supporting evidence generation in other clinical settings, including cancer, community pharmacy and mental health. The Network is also responsible for generating evidence to support implementation of pharmacogenetics services, including informatics developments and health economic analysis. The Network will bring together national stakeholders to inform outputs and will serve as a platform for linking work in pharmacogenomics across England and internationally.

Main duties of the job

About you

You'll need to be an experienced programme manager, with a track record of successful delivery and developing strategy and exemplary performance at senior management levels within a healthcare organisation.

We are looking for a fast starter, ideally you should have a background in pharmacogenomics, pharmacy, genetics or genomics and will be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts, scientific language and terminology used within the field from the outset.

You'll have demonstrated an ability to deliver on governance and carry a strong track record of leading multiple projects in parallel, leading and working closely with PMO staff.

We expect you to be innovative, creative, focused on achievement and committed to collaboration, and have demonstrated exemplary behaviour consistent with the Trust values. The role will require you to be hands on, actively involved in shaping and delivering all NWGMSA outputs.

A dedicated Project Management Office team supports the delivery of all GMSA outputs, and you will be responsible for leading, managing and developing this team.

This role will represent an important next step in your career. In return for your dedication, you will enjoy our commitment to support your ongoing personal and professional development.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Stuart Bayliss via PA on

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Education to a minimum of Masters degree level or equivalent post graduate qualification or equivalent level of experience
  • Evidence of and demonstrated commitment to continued professional development
  • Programme and project management qualification (Prince 2) or equivalent experience


  • Managing successful programmes practitioner (MSP)

Personal Qualities


  • Proven ability to think & act strategically, & articulate a clear sense of direction & vision
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where developed persuasive, motivational, negotiation, training, empathic or re-assurance skills are required
  • Ability to present complex, sensitive or contentious information to a large group
  • Ability to make judgements on multi-stranded or complex IM& T problems which may have no precedent or where there are conflicting opinions
  • A strong ability to negotiate and influence others in a positive manner with the confidence to deal with different priorities and differing views in order to achieve change/improvement
  • Demonstrates significant level of communication skills
  • Demonstrates an outstanding ability to manage, motivate and develop staff
  • Demonstrates a collaborative and excellent approach to team working
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
  • Excellent business, programme and financial management skills
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Strong delivery focus, with the ability to drive progress forward and a passion for results and achieving goals
  • Strong commitment and passion for improving health and reducing inequalities
  • Forward looking, scans horizon and interested in new thinking and innovation
  • Professional and personal credibility and strong personal commitment to working collaboratively and ability to build and maintain effective relationships and team-working with people of all capabilities and attitudes
  • Motivates and encourages people to strive for service and personal improvement
  • A commitment to a citizen focused service


  • Takes decisions on difficult and contentious issues where there may be a number of courses of action



  • Experience of establishing effective working relationships and delivering improvement across organisational boundaries and demonstrate achievements working within a health system.
  • Significant knowledge of applying budgeting, benefits tracking and demand management principles large scale and complex programmes and projects
  • Significant experience of applying programme and project controls to resolve critical gaps/issues and apply appropriate remediation/recovery across programme and projects
  • Advanced programme management skills and advanced experience of analytical, statistical and data modelling to inform service redesign and delivery


  • An excellent knowledge and experience of service re-design and experience of designing clinical pathways across primary, secondary and community care.
  • Extensive experience of working in complex healthcare systems. The duties of the post will require an understanding of Primary, Secondary and Community Care settings and commissioning landscape in these settings.
  • A proven track record of successful transformative and innovative working within health or health related settings.
  • Experience in genomics, pharmacogenomics or aligned discipline, with understanding of domain specific language and terminology.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Hybrid, working from home multi-site visits with travel required


M13 9WL

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