Senior Public Health Programme and Compliance Manager

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 7 - £48,216 - £52,959 per annum / pro rata (as per 1 April 2024)
Location: Hybrid – Works part in the office (Gun Wharf) and part from home
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 07/04/2024 at 23:59
Reference: REC3063VR

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced programme manager to be part of a team working at the interface of academia and operational and strategic public health.

Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) Medway is a five-year collaboration between Medway Council and the University of Kent, with £5 million in funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The HDRC aims to enhance local authorities’ research activity and foster innovative partnerships with academia. Its focus is on addressing health inequalities by improving the broader determinants of health within the local community. A key element to achieve this will be to change the culture of the council to use the findings of research to inform decision-making.

Key Responsibilities of this role include:

  1. Programme Leadership: Oversee the NIHR HDRC Medway Programme and Compliance Team, ensuring robust governance and regulatory structures are in place. This involves ensuring that the HDRC complies with information governance requirements, data protection, research ethics, programme delivery requirements and reporting to funders.
  2. Programme Management: Ensure timely delivery of the HDRC Medway programme, adhering to budget constraints and managing risks. Monitor milestones and ensure that reporting mechanisms are in place for the various stakeholders. Deliver in a creative and innovative environment with competing priorities.
  3. Administrative Support: Efficiently manage administrative and executive functions for the HDRC, including support for the Executive Team.
  4. Stakeholder Engagement: Oversee effective communication, involvement, and engagement activities delivered by the communications team and the involvement and engagement team. Promote awareness and participation among internal and external stakeholders, emphasising public engagement and knowledge mobilisation. Overall, the goal is to place the public at the core of the HDRC’s work, fostering collaboration and advancing health research in the local area.

If you have strong programme management skills and experience and want to work with a dynamic team of professionals, we would encourage you to apply.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

We're committed to making Medway carbon neutral by 2050. We have developed an action plan to ensure we play our part in addressing the climate emergency.  Our declaration fits into our Council Plan priority of making Medway a place to be proud of. The main outcome being a 'clean and green environment'. All Medway Council staff can access an additional day’s paid leave to undertake a volunteering activity which supports climate change.

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please e-mail David Whiting on

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, family commitments, sexual orientation, age, HIV status, religious or political beliefs, social class or trade union activity or irrelevant spent conviction.

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed