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COVID-19 Vacancy Programme Manager

Band 8a

Main area
Strategy and Planning
Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months (To meet the needs of the service)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Floor 3, 2 Capital Quarter
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59


Welcome to Public Health Wales, the National Public Health Institute in Wales

Our vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales

To find out more visit Public Health Wales and read about our Strategic Plan

Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.



Job overview

If you wish to be offered on a fixed term basis, you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual to join us as Programme Manager. You will have the opportunity to lead and manage a number of cross-organisational programmes and projects, along with supporting us to continue to develop our Programme Management Office (PMO).

The Strategy and Planning Division has a unique role to play in leading and enabling Public Health Wales in the areas of strategy, corporate analytics, programme management and performance. 

We are looking for a passionate and motivated Programme Manager with proven experience of successfully delivering complex programmes. You will have an opportunity to apply your professional experience to the implementation of major change programmes as we implement our revised long-term strategy. We are looking at someone who has a proven track record of delivery, that can build strong relationships and that can apply innovative approaches.

Our team is committed to living the values of Public Health Wales and proud of the work that we do. We strive to deliver work to an exceptionally high standard and draw on best practice/innovation.   


Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for working on behalf of the Programme Management Office and with key leads across Public Health Wales to:

Implement robust monitoring and action planning processes and developing a cohesive approach towards programme management and change delivery across the organisation.

As Programmes develop, the post holder will manage staff and will have day to day and line management responsibility for them. The role will provide specialist advice on project, programme and portfolio management.

The post holder will have responsibilities relating to their specific area of responsibility.

Key working relationships

Public Health Wales Executive Directors

Senior Managers


Other NHS Organisations

Private sector / third sector

Welsh Government

Working for our organisation

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our vision is 'Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales' where we play a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and well-being, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales.

Our organisation is guided by our Values, 'Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference'. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve and from those wishing to work part time or on a job share basis.

To find out more about working for us, the benefits we offer and guidance on the application process, please visit

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered PPM Professional - PRINCE2, APM and MSP or equivalent
  • Educated to relevant Masters Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Appropriate demonstrable experience (e.g. experience working in a similar environment).
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages. ECDL Level 2 or equivalent.


Essential criteria
  • Management experience in a senior role including staff management
  • Experience of successfully leading and implementing projects / programmes at a national level.
  • Expertise in delivering project and programme management services and tailoring methodologies to suite the local environment
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of working with commercial suppliers and external agencies.
  • Experience of successfully leading and implementing project driven change management


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate highly complex technical concepts and analysis effectively to different organisations and audiences; including formal presentations e.g. Board level and UK wide conferences
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide, receive and record both routine and highly complex communications, electronically, orally and written.
  • Ability to overcome barriers associated with conveying highly complex technical information to a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise a complex strategic programme to meet appropriate deadlines typically involving other disciplines / organisations.
  • Ability to work closely with people in other disciplines and form professional working relationships
  • Demonstrate an ability to carry out analysis, interpretation and comparison of complex change management and service improvement training issues, and to act as an expert reference point
  • To present and showcase achievements and progress of the programme / Portfolio
  • Ability to communicate effectively across different levels of an organisation.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with team members and other staff
  • Can demonstrate initiative, creativity, flexibility and a personal ethos of continuous improvement
  • Show an ability to gain an understanding of other professionals ‘problem solving’ requirements.
  • Ability to focus, concentrate and accurately complete tasks within given timeframes whilst dealing with unscheduled interruptions e.g., changing priorities
  • Ability to manage an improvement programme across organisations
  • Ability to translate strategy into action
  • Demonstrable additional specialist knowledge and expertise e.g. advanced presentation and facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of the NHS broader Modernisation Agenda
  • Understand the requirements of Information Governance in relation to the NHS

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Flexible approach to work to meet the needs of the business
  • Able to act independently, decisively and effectively in leading a programme
  • Ability to watch and listen to and interpret key messages and respond appropriately
  • Able to effectively and appropriately deal with criticism and challenging people and situations
  • Ability to positively and creatively challenge current thinking in order to develop new and better policy & operational working practices.
  • Able to significantly influence others who are based externally, to achieve national targets without any direct authority
  • Commitment to principles of change management


Essential criteria
  • Willingness and ability to travel
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to carry resources

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantHappy to Talk Flexible WorkingMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Stop Smoking Wales is the NHS Smoking Cessation Service in WalesImproving working livesAge positiveCorporate Health StandardsDisability confident leaderCore principlesEmployer pledge demonstrating a commitment to change how we think and act about mental healthStep into healthPrentisiaethau Apprenticeships2022 Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Applicant requirements

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Thomas Bannicott
Job title
Programme Design & Delivery Lead
Email address

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