Industry and Enterprise Programme Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

The closing date is 21 June 2021

Job overview

Join our exciting innovation journey.

At Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), we connect the NHS, universities, researchers, innovators and small businesses to help drive innovation into the health service, to benefit patients, save the NHS time and money, and help to grow the UK economy.

We are looking for a full time skilled and experienced Programme Manager, with a deep knowledge of the NHS who can bring together clinical, commissioning and commercial teams to accelerate the development, evaluation and deployment of innovation in a range of healthcare settings.

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

This is an interesting and varied role with the ability to influence the development of innovation at a local, regional and national level. The successful applicant will accelerate the rate at which patients have access to medical innovations, whilst supporting economic growth in the UKs Health and Life Sciences sector. You will be joining a team with demonstrable success in this area.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking a programme manager to help innovators get their products to patients faster; to improve outcomes, lower costs and build the UKs health and life science economy. The post holder will manage a range of projects to support clinical, academic and commercial innovators prepare their products for widespread scale and adoption.

The successful applicant will have good influencing and networking skills, experience of the health and life science sector within the UK, and an understanding of the innovation landscape. We are looking for a well organised, inquisitive individual, who can catalyse relationships, build networks and deliver measurable outcomes.

Working within the Innovation Exchange commissioned from the Office for Life Sciences, you will help bridge the gap between unmet NHS needs and developed or developing innovations, to ensure new products meet NHS needs, are supported by appropriate level of evidence, and regulatory compliance.

Now is a great time to join the AHSN. With a range of commissions from national bodies, Wessex AHSN is a fast-paced and agile environment offering the opportunity to make a difference at local, regional and national levels. You will be joining a diverse team of experienced and dedicated individuals committed to delivering their own workstreams, and working as a team to support each other on cross-cutting programmes.

Wessex AHSN covers Hampshire, Dorset, IoW and Southern Wiltshire, with offices based in Chilworth Southampton, and a flexible home-working policy. We are hosted by University Hospital Southampton, and are one of 15 AHSNs which collectively cover all of England.

For more about the AHSN and our work, visit: or follow us on @WessexAHSN

What you'll do

You will be responsible for aspects of the Wessex AHSN Innovation Exchange as commissioned by the Office for Life Science, with particular responsibility for communicating regional NHS needs to innovators and horizon scanning for solutions on behalf of regional NHS bodies.

You will build and maintain professional stakeholder relations with NHS bodies including ICS, Primary Care Networks, Acute and Community providers, to understand their priorities and needs and provide appropriate horizon scans and options appraisals.

You will also be responsible for working with external stakeholders to host appropriate educational meetings on topics that are important to both commercial and clinical innovators.

What we're looking for

This is a full time role, mostly office or home-office based. Occasional travel may be required, so driving license and ability to travel is required.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 02 July 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Self-motivated, proactive and innovative
  • Adaptability/ flexibility to work in a changing environment
  • High levels of resilience
  • Able to work with a high degree of autonomy to deliver project outcomes in a timely manner
  • Effective communicator, team player and leader
  • Responsive and flexible attitude and approach

Special requirements of the post


  • Car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits
  • Occasional flexibility in hours worked e.g. (may be occasional evening meetings)
  • Ability to work in a busy, open plan office

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Knowledge of issues, trends and opportunities for delivering improved health and care services in the relevant programme area
  • Skills in leading and advising on the development of a project plan
  • Experience of planning an organising the development and implementation of new initiatives and activities within specialist area of work
  • Ability to exercise judgement in developing, implementing and revising project plans
  • Ability to analyse and present project findings and engage with partner organisations in supporting projects
  • Use professional knowledge and experience in managing project work
  • Be a good team player and interact effectively to build and sustain effective project teams
  • Proven staff management and supervisory skills
  • Well-developed influencing skills across hierarchies and disciplines demonstrated through representation of influencing, negotiating and presentation activities
  • Capacity to prepare and deliver project reports and presentations
  • Able to prioritise work and manage time effectively and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines with a high degree of autonomy
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills
  • Strong problem solving capabilities
  • Ability to organise resources and establish priorities
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long range goals
  • Ability to develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures
  • Proficient IT skills, with the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies, including demonstrating first class knowledge of MS Office Suite


  • Commercially aware
  • A good understanding of risk management practices
  • Experience in engaging managers and practitioners in project development
  • Able to work with people from a wide range of professional disciplines
  • Experience of promoting findings and outcomes through a range of media and communication channels

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Programme and project management experience in an NHS or care service setting or in a commercial setting within the healthcare sector


  • Effective leadership and team building

Qualifications / training required


  • Professionally qualified or a relevant degree, plus project management experience
  • Project Management training (e.g. PRINCE II)
  • Management experience
  • Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant experience
  • Knowledge of the specialist work practices and/or professional guidelines relevant to Wessex AHSN area
  • Knowledge and experience of the NHS and local health and social services functions

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Wessex AHSN, Innovation Centre

Southampton science park


SO16 7NP

Employer's website

Date posted

07 June 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£45,753 to £51,668 a year




2 years

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Wessex AHSN, Innovation Centre

Southampton science park


SO16 7NP

Supporting documents

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