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Senior Major Projects Manager

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
The Senior Major Projects Manager has a crucial role in Major Projects across CUH. You will be responsible for supporting and managing the delivery of Major Projects at CUH that are critical in enabling the organisation to meet its aims and vision and deliver its strategy. The Major Projects may be individual projects, stages of a larger project, or work streams of a Major Projects programme with dependencies on other projects within the Major Projects programme. The Trust is about to embark on an ambitious piece of work to develop a long-term strategy and plan for acute healthcare services on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and within surrounding communities, and we would envisage you being actively involved in this work.

An expert facilitator, you will play a key role in identifying opportunities and plans as well as risks and issues. You will operate as a skilled negotiator and 'unblocker' to drive progress towards delivering their areas of responsibility. You will be responsive to the changing needs of the health and care system. The role is crucial for creating and maintaining focus, enthusiasm and momentum. The Senior Major Projects Manager is responsible for the overall integrity and coherence of the programme of work they are allocated.

Main duties of the job

Supporting the development and implementation of programme planning and governance methodology for use in all Major Project workstreams.

Supporting the Director of Major Projects and Assistant Directors of Major Projects in the role of critical friend to enable CUH teams to develop detailed project plans and governance in line with methodology above.

Supporting the development and active maintenance of an overall Major Projects programme plan to ensure and track delivery.

Supporting the coordination of workstreams identification of interdependencies, risks and issues 'unblocker' of issues to enable projects to progress.

Supporting the production of business cases, including those requiring external funding, providing expert professional knowledge to facilitate their development.

Reporting of progress to the Assistant Directors of Major Projects and Director of Major Projects as required.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

This vacancy will close at midnight on the 27th May 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on the 6th June 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level or demonstrable equivalent level of knowledge.
  • Evidence of Project Management training or sufficient experience that demonstrates equivalent level of knowledge.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.


  • Managing Successful Programmes/ Prince2 Practitioner (or equivalent experience).
  • Better Business Cases Foundation level.



  • Demonstrable experience of developing project strategies.
  • Extensive experience of managing large scale complex programmes and projects using recognised methodology (e.g. Prince 2) and tracking and monitoring their implementation.
  • Experience of the identification and management of risks, issues and dependencies.
  • Experience of developing performance indicators to monitor project and programme delivery.
  • Experience of change management with proven negotiating and influencing skills both internally and externally.
  • Experience of project budgets knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Experience of benefits realisation.
  • Experience of producing business cases.
  • Experience of developing documents and policies.
  • Evidence of working with multi-disciplinary staff across a diverse professional organisation to specify solutions to support the successful delivery of projects.


  • Considerable experience of project and programme management.



  • Demonstrable knowledge of developing project strategies.
  • Knowledge of recognised methodology (e.g. Prince 2).
  • Knowledge of change management methodologies.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Knowledge of business cases production methodology.


  • Considerable knowledge of project and programme management.



  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including facilitation, and obtaining, providing and presenting information.
  • Ability to think clearly, solve or pre-empt problems, reach decisions, prioritise and recommend appropriate action through the assessment of relevant information.
  • Ability to engage others in strategy and planning.
  • Negotiation and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to prepare and present reports to detailed specifications for Trust Board and others as requested.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and trust, command respect and create a sense of community in the team.
  • Ability to adapt during periods of change.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Understanding of information governance.
  • Advanced knowledge of ICT (including Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and project management tools.

Additional Requirements


  • Methodical, organised, analytical with problem solving capabilities.
  • Highly motivated and resourceful.
  • Able to maintain high standards of diplomacy and understands the principle of confidentiality.
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • Able to establish positive relationships and mutual respect with people at all levels.
  • Ability to contribute effectively.
  • Demonstrates empathy and concerns for others.
  • Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances.
  • Can demonstrate a flexible approach.
  • Has realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development.
  • Learn from mistakes and ask for support where necessary.
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division Corporate

Hills Road



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