Project Development Manager - Belfast

Project Development Manager


Full Time Temporary

We are recruiting for a project development manager for our client the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.  As project development manager you will responsible for leading and managing the development of key projects and business cases within NIAS including all stages from initial concept to business case development and approval through to leading project management & implementation working with clinical and operational teams and external stakeholders. You will be contracted until March 2022 with possible extension.


  • Developing business cases for keys projects [including those exceeding NIAS’ delegated limits of £1.5m] to the standards as set out by The Northern Ireland Guide to Expenditure Appraisal and Evaluation (NIGEAE) for external approval by DOH and DOF (as applicable).
  • Developing business cases by conducting suitable in-depth research using various methodologies (desktop research, questionnaires, surveys, interviews and workshops) to assess need and inform strategic context for project development. 
  • Ensuring that each business case brings together detailed information which is informed by strategic policy, assessment of need, financial appraisal, benefits appraisal and risk profiles and communicating such information to a wide range of stakeholders internally and externally.
  •  Presenting a full economic appraisal and suitable analysis within the business case to arrive at a preferred option for projects through collaborative working across a range of stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that business cases are presented for acceptance and approval, across a range of stakeholders both internal and external to NIAS to include but not limited to senior management, Trust Board, departmental health economists, departmental accountants etc.
  • Formulating business case plans and strategies for managing the relevant project(s) working with specialist advice such as legal, procurement services, clinical, IT and other relevant stakeholders in order to successfully deliver the objectives and benefit outcomes required.
  • Supporting the Medical Directorate and the wider Trust and relevant external stakeholders in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the deliverables of Key project(s) and associated benefits
  • Managing and influencing a process of business change through key projects from project initiation through to project closure working with colleagues in the development of new services, new working practices and embedding these within the organisation.
  • Managing the development and implementation of project plans to achieve project deliverables using relevant project methodologies..     
  • Managing arrangements for procurement including the development of any specifications for equipment, managed services and conditions for delivery.  Ensuring any procurement is carried out within the framework of the NI Public Procurement Policy.
  • Developing and managing arrangements for partnership working or service agreements for project delivery to ensure roles, responsibilities, governance and risks are clearly defined within a contractual arrangement informed by appropriate levels of specialist expertise, i.e. legal. Clinical, IT as required.
  • Working with clinical and operational staff across the organisation to manage the implementation of projects ] that have a direct impact on services and patient care ensuring that level of services and patient care are not affected.
  • Ensuring liaison across the organisation and with relevant stakeholders and/or related projects to ensure that work is neither overlooked nor duplicated – this will include the co-ordination of projects to ensure impact of implementation on other business areas is fully considered.     
  • Ensuring arrangements are in place for monitoring and control at project(s) stages identifying and managing project issues and project risks highlighting any escalations in a timely fashion.
  • Project monitoring to include identifying and managing changes to project scope, deliverables, timelines and resources highlighting any lessons learned.
  • Conducting regular project team meetings, preparing and presenting status reports across project(s), monitoring progress against project plans.
  • Providing written reports at the project(s) closure stage on the measured success of the project(s) as a whole as part of the post project review and lessons learned.
  • Representing NIAS at external meetings as required and particiate in internal cross directorate meetings /teams.

Person Specification

  • Be able to demonstrate management of a range of successful projects using a recognised methodology from initiation to benefits realisation.
  • Demonstrate evidence of writing approved business cases and evidence of ability to research, collate, interpret and analyse complex information to develop business cases to bring a project from initial concept through to development and implementation.
  • Have worked with a diverse range of stakeholders to influence and negotiate on challenging deadlines and service changes in order to achieve successful outcomes.
  • A relevant university degree or equivalent professional qualification and have worked for at least 3 years in a senior management role or project development/ management role.


        A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a project development /management role to include a minimum of 3 years senior management        

  • Hold a  relevant project management qualification such as Prince2 or Managing Successful Programmes.
  • Hold a current full driving licence which is valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment.

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Rachael Stewart
02890 339968

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