Deputy Director of MedTech Operations

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Leeds, London
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The Medical Technology (MedTech) Directorate adopts a system-wide approach to ensure that the health and care system has a resilient supply chain of safe and high-quality products.

Job Description

The role of the Deputy Director of MedTech Operations is to build, lead and develop a diverse team whose role is to contribute to UK resilience to future pandemics and major incidents including the oversight and management of the strategic stockpiles of critical care equipment and consumables, management of related key contracts and supplier relationships, and oversight of strategic projects.

The post holder will be expected to work across the Health System, including liaison with Devolved Administrations, and NHS Supply Chain to develop and implement a robust stockpile strategy that maximises system resilience, minimises cost include expiry and obsolescence risk, while undertaking horizon scanning and alignment to anticipate and respond to emerging risks. The overall aim to manage the stockpiles to maximise benefit to the System at the lowest appropriate cost.

The DD will be responsible for setting and overseeing demand management and shortage mitigation in response to a range of contingencies, in addition to emergency response, that can occur from time to time including supply chain disruption, product withdrawal, short term demand peaks and changes to clinical practices and pathways.

The role will also take a lead for the Directorate on understanding the critical care equipment status of the NHS England. This entails the management of equipment surveys and reporting, as well as the implementation of a long-term strategy to track and manage medical devices within NHS England. This will necessarily involve the management of a complex technical, regulatory and stakeholder landscape including equipment and technology suppliers, other departments and bodies, and NHS organisations.

The DD will hold responsibility within the Directorate for overseeing medical gases policy including oxygen supply resilience, in partnership with NHSEI and key local and international suppliers. Ongoing management of mitigation measures and engagement with the medical gases, and the respiratory & airway medical and devices community through structured governance is anticipated. The DD will champion innovation in this area.

The DD will be responsible for creating and maintaining an environment where staff engagement and morale are high, enabling individuals to fulfil their own potential and make an effective contribution to priorities is essential to success, along with the creation of an inclusive culture and achievement of goals outlined by the DHSC diversity and inclusion strategy.

Person Specification

In order to be successful you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience against the following criteria:

• Experience of delivering complex operational functions in a fast paced, complex and multi stakeholder environment at significant scale, including managing and delivering complex projects/programmes on time and on budget.
• Proven ability to rapidly translate ministerial engagement and direction on strategy to effective operational activity and implementation.
• Experience of driving continuous improvement within operation services to improve performance.
• Understanding and experience of operational planning processes and systems.
• Ability to work in a fast paced and often ambiguous environment and be capable of making good decisions where complete data is not available.
• An understanding of the wider policy environment and Government priorities for health and innovation, including knowledge of the medical devices industry.
• Proven experience of managing and delivering complex projects/programmes on time and on budget, preferably including contract and commercial management
• Strong operational skills, and experience of creative problem solving and delivering solutions in a high pressure, challenging and changing environment.
• Proven ability to deliver through highly effective relationships across Government, arm’s length bodies and other stakeholders
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the proven ability to advise and convince ministers/senior leaders of the appropriate course of action

Desirable Criteria

• Proven experience in Medical supply chain and logistics
• Proven experience of delivery through effective relationships across Government, arm’s length bodies and other stakeholders
• Proven experience of high value contract and commercial management.