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PPM Assurance Specialist

Job Posted: 15 November 2023
Job Updated: 15 November 2023

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Job Title: Programme Project Management Assurance Specialist

Function: Transformation

Location: Hybrid/Nottingham

Type: Permanent

Job Ref: 657

Salary: £51,340 potential to rise to £60,400 in year 3

Closing Date: 30th November 2023


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for a PPM Assurance Specialist


Purpose of the role


The PPM Assurance Specialist is a key role leading the development and implementation of the integrated assurance strategy for programme and project delivery.

You will work independently or with 3rd parties to assess and ensure adherence of projects and programmes with our Change Framework and PPM standards. You will take responsibility for ensuring our assurance approach focuses on ensuring projects and programmes not only meet our quality expectations but are set up to optimise delivery of outcomes and benefits. Where projects need to implement recommendations you will need to track and monitor completion of any actions.

At NHS SC we want to take a risk based approach to assurance and which is planned effectively to ensure assurance adds value by happening at the right time. By implementing a tiered approach you will not only play a key role in ensuring that stage gate assurance processes are optimised and value adding, but where appropriate will need to work closely with third parties to undertake more in depth assurance activities and reviews.


What does a PPM Assurance Specialist do at NHS Supply Chain?




Manage the delivery of assurance reviews within a project/programme and thematic reviews across the portfolio.

Co-ordinate and enable the delivery of assurance reviews by independent third parties, and take appropriate action to resolve any issues.

Own & orchestrate the portfolio assurance plan, providing a clear view of assurance activities scheduled across the portfolio for the next 6 to 12 months.

Prepare reports/presentations for senior stakeholders that provide insight into project/programme delivery confidence by clearly setting out findings, identifying key risks & issues and recommended actions.

Analyse information from assurance activities to identify improved ways of working and/or opportunities to build capabilities.

Ensure our assurance approach remains appropriate and value adding by generating continuous improvement ideas.


What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?



Significant experience of working in a complex programme/project environment

Excellent understanding of PMO processes e.g., MoP/ P3O or equivalent standard

Experience of influencing and managing stakeholders and third-party suppliers

Ability to produce high quality reports and presentations for senior stakeholders


•     Experience and knowledge of healthcare sector either public or private

•     Good understanding of Logistics, Supply Chain and eRetailer organisations


How you’ll work


Hybrid working; a blend of home and office working 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home.


In return for your passion, enthusiasm, and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:


Performance led annual bonus scheme

27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional 5 days

Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 6% employee / 12% employer contributions of your base salary)

Access to Flexible Benefits Scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you

2 days paid Volunteering Leave

1 day paid Wellbeing Leave

Long Service Awards

Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts

Flexible working options

National Annual season ticket purchase scheme

Eye Care vouchers

Access to a free 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


We are a part of the NHS family, and our role is to source, deliver and supply healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales. We make sure the products we supply are always safe, quality assured and delivered efficiently.


We’re always listening to the people who use our products, so that we’re aware of the changing needs across the NHS. In all, we serve every NHS Trust and operate a national network of distribution centres. We also manage relationships with more than a thousand suppliers, delivering more than 8,000,000 orders each year to more than 17,000 locations.


And by doing all of this on behalf of the NHS, this gives NHS staff more time to focus on their main priority of proving excellent patient care.


Our, Purpose, Vision and Strategy are clear. We provide direction, leadership, and commercial focus to improve health outcomes.


Vision: To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first


Purpose: Our role is to support the NHS to save lives and improve health



Be Authentic

Be Inclusive

Be Driven

Be Enterprising

Be The Difference


Other Information

SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.

For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit:

NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer

SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.

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