Senior Dental Public Health Project/Operations Manager - Fluoridation

Public Health England


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Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join Public Health England as Senior Dental Public Health Project/Operations Manager - Fluoridation in the National Dental Public Health Team. The location of this role is flexible.

We are looking for an individual to support the Strategic Dental Public Health Lead in the management and development of the fluoridation programme and services with proven experience as an Operations Manager, a Project Manager or a Programme Manager

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Dental Public Health Project/Operations Manager - Fluoridation within the National Dental Public Health Team, you will be required to support the Strategic Dental Public Health Lead and Consultant in Dental Public Health in the management and development of the fluoridation programme and services.

You will be an individual who can work relatively independently, using specialist knowledge of project work to ensure that knowledge, research and analysis is communicated appropriately and effectively to both corporate and external audiences. The post holder will also be required to be highly organised and skilled at prioritising, communicate clearly with colleagues and external audiences, and maintain accurate written records.

Financial management skills and an appreciation of the political sensitivities of this programme are also required. Diplomacy is an essential skill in this role.

About us

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nations health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services.We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specific project delivery duties

  • Lead on the water fluoridation programme and services
  • Monitor the progress of the water fluoridation programme and support any other Dental Public Health programmes and projects as necessary.
  • Evaluate and assess the impacts of risks, monitor and manage those risks and escalate risks to the national lead as appropriate
  • Provide business planning advice for specific programme area by ensuring that project information systems are kept up to date and are in accordance to the relevant project management standards
  • Initiate and implement plans, organise financial activities taking into account interdependencies and deadlines, making modification to plans as required
  • Contribute to the production of timely and accurate reports on programme performance by producing update reports on the water fluoridation /programme
  • Assess project and programme performance, making decisions on appropriate actions where project deviates from project standards
  • Lead and input to responses to Parliamentary Questions, enquires, FOIs and other requests on water fluoridation
  • Be able to concentrate intensely for considerable periods of time (often equating to 3-4 hours at a time) on tasks such reviewing and preparing documents, analysing and interpreting varied and complex data and information, and participation at strategic and operational meetings.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Initiate, develop and maintain stakeholder relationships at all levels
  • Actively promote and carry out collaborative working across teams
  • Support the development and implementation of learning events and networks to enhance knowledge and skills amongst relevant stakeholders

Line management/matrix management

  • Line management of project managers and project officers at HEO/EO and AA/AO levels if relevant to post
  • Work with multi-organisational teams across the programme, supporting other staff to deliver the programme objectives

Quality improvement

  • Promote quality improvement of services and products
  • Provides input to and implements policies and procedures within the scope of the project
  • Monitor journals for reports of research on the effects of fluoridation, alerting the consultant in dental public health as necessary and maintaining a database
  • Responsible for ensuring adherence to project budget, on-going monitoring of expenditure against project budget

Option 3 External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs) which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.

As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  • UK nationals
  • Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  • Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

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Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience


  • Project Management Qualification (e.g. Prince2 Practitioner)
  • Registered Public Health Practitioner

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of managing multiple, complex projects using project management tools and techniques
  • Effective communication with a variety of stakeholders and experience of building robust stakeholder relations


  • Experience of working in water fluoridation projects or programmes
  • Understanding of the NHS, local and national government cultures, structures and policies
  • Experience of working in projects delivered in partnerships and of working in a change environment
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Skills and Capabilities


  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive and to communicate this to senior stakeholders and large groups
  • Ability to work across a wide range of stakeholders at senior level including government departments, NHSE, senior academic experts and large national third sector bodies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, to prioritise effectively with the tenacity to work under pressure whilst meeting conflicting deadlines
  • Good written and oral communication skills with Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills and good presentation skills
  • Works to achieve agreed objectives, directing own workload and activities within the organisational policies


  • Ability to motivate team members and influence others in more senior positions
  • Able to line manager staff and to motivate them to deliver agreed objectives

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, 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 (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Public Health England





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Date posted

23 July 2021

Pay scheme



£36,329 to £42,481 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share, Flexible working, Home or remote working, Compressed hours

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