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Programme Manager (2 Year FTC)

London, England

Company Description

Genomics England successfully led the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, which compared and analysed individuals’ genetic codes to help diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

We're now accelerating our impact, working with the NHS to further develop and embed genomic healthcare and research in Britain. Our next chapter involves working with patients, doctors, scientists, government and industry to improve genomic testing, and help researchers access the health data and technology they need to make new medical discoveries and create more effective, targeted medicines for everybody.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting for a Programme Manager to join our Newborns Genome Programme.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a new strategic initiative launched by Genomics England. This programme aims to explore the potential of using whole genome sequencing to increase the diagnosis of rare genetic conditions in new born children.

In this role you will manage the planning and dependencies between the different workstreams across the Newborns Programme to ensure we can deliver to our agreed targets. You will also support with the high level of governance and reporting required for internal and external bodies.

This is a 2 year Fixed Term Contract position.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and tracking project plans across work streams and ensuring issues are mitigated, escalated, and resolved to avoid project delays
  • Managing the development and delivery of programme-level milestones and roadmaps
  • Ensuring different workstreams are adequately resourced and identifying any potential resource issues
  • Shaping decisions at senior level in public and private sector environments
  • Delivering reporting requirements for programme governance and accountability boards within and outside Genomics England
  • Defining business cases, project scopes, success criteria and deliverables in collaboration with all stakeholders and capturing and documenting requirements
  • Supporting budget management and resource allocation across the Newborns team

Essential Skills:

  • Experience of delivering large scale change programmes within a public or government environment
  • Programme Manager experience with knowledge of project or programme management methodologies e.g. Agile, PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes etc.
  • Knowledge of leading or supporting procurement processes
  • Able to build effective relationships with a broad range of groups including experience working with technical teams
  • Experience with monitoring and developing budgets

Desirable skills:

  • Genomic, healthcare, or NHS experience.
  • Managing complex change programmes
  • Experience with managing evaluation frameworks and benefits management


· No essential qualifications.

Some form of experience outlined in desirable is preferred.

Additional Information

Originally conceived as a project, Genomics England has transformed to meet the long-term opportunities created by our scientific breakthroughs in understanding the Human Genome. Being part of this journey is a reward in itself, however we're pleased to offer our colleagues a great benefits package including:

  • competitive salary
  • 30 days holiday
  • generous pension scheme
  • individual learning budgets for every colleague
  • a raft of other benefits

Talk to our Talent Team and find out how a career with Genomics England will benefit you.

As part of our recruitment process, all successful candidates are subject to a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We therefore require applicants to disclose any previous offences at point of application, as some unspent convictions may mean we are unable to proceed with your application due to the nature of our work in healthcare.

Genomics England operate a blended working model, as we know our people appreciate the flexibility. We expect most people to come into the office 2 times each month as a minimum. However, this will vary according to role and will be agreed with your team leader. For some people this is 1 day a quarter, for others it is several days a week. There is no expectation that staff will return to the office full time unless they want to. The exception would be some of our roles that would require you to be on site full time e.g., lab teams, reception team.

Our teams and squads have, and will continue to, reflect on what works best for them to work together successfully and have the freedom to design working patterns to suit, beyond the minimum. Our office locations at the moment are Cambridge and Farringdon (London) and in Autumn 2022 we are relocating our London office location to Canary Wharf. We will also be expanding our regional offices.

Looking ahead to our move to Canary Wharf, we will be designing our new space with blended working in mind, and with the flexibility to adapt to changing work patterns. During the pandemic we will be following government advice on working from home guidance.


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