JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT - JOB DESCRIPTION Post Details Title of Post: Systems Engineer Grade: Band 7 Department/Directorate: Business Transformation Services (BTS) / Engineering and Operations Accountable to: Senior Systems Engineer Main Job Purpose Research, development and delivery of IT projects to meet NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) requirements, engineering highly complex technical solutions and managing multiple project deadlines in a controlled and structured manner. Management, troubleshooting and ownership of 3rd line technical support issues which impact on IT service, meeting Service Level Agreements and liaising with staff internal and external to IT as appropriate. Understanding IT business requirements and engineering appropriate technical solutions, which may be highly complex, to meet these requirements. Research, development and delivery of projects, which will increase the efficiency of the IT infrastructure and will through practical implementation provide an improved level of service to the NHSBT. The creation of specialist documentation for highly complex technical services prior to delivery of these systems in an Operational environment. Identifying business opportunities and the advantages afforded by technological developments and influence their adoption and role in supporting the NHSBT strategy. Main Job Purpose 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. To investigate, evaluate, manage and implement appropriate IT solutions, which may be highly complex. Developing project plans for these that consider any budget and time limitations that may apply, and managing internal and external resources as required. To manage and implement upgrades to NHSBT core systems and services. To keep abreast of, and understand, emerging and new technologies and how they could be integrated into the existing infrastructure to benefit the NHSBT. Bringing them to the attention of the Systems Engineering and Operations Manager, and explaining and presenting such technologies to large groups of people. To perform detailed analysis of IT system events and incidents, where the data available may be highly complex and may contain conflicting information or indicators. Identifying performance trends and their causes, and implementing mechanisms to improve service delivery to IT customers. To ensure that all designated projects will interoperate with existing systems, and impact minimally on resources such as the NHSBT Wide Area Network. To bring to the attention of the Senior Systems Engineer improvements and refinements to current Operational Systems. To develop and follow appropriate change control methodologies and hand over documentation before projects become operational. To maintain awareness of the relevance to GMP or similar critical control standards of any activities for which they are accountable and will ensure that compliance is maintained as a priority consideration. To provide management, troubleshooting and ownership 3rd line technical support following sometimes lengthy and highly complex technical issues through to resolution. To provide around the clock 3rd line technical support through participating in an on-call rota. To ensure that the appropriate culture of customer-oriented world-class service is followed at all time. 1 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service. JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 12. 13. 14. 15. To ensure that all Health and Safety implications of their activities are properly managed. To ensure that professional and world-class systems and services are developed and deployed according to NHSBT corporate business plan. To ensure that appropriate policies, standards and guidelines are adhered to in the Systems Engineering Department To strive to meet the needs of all NHSBT customers. Key Duties and Responsibilities 1. To deliver highly complex technical solutions by participating in business agreed projects, internal IT projects and ad-hoc assignments. 2. To be the lead technical authority for IT Projects and act as a team member on project groups. 3. To test and deliver upgrades and patches to the NHSBT core systems. 4. Keep up to date with IT concepts and practices in the industry. 5. Carry out research and development to ensure the NHSBT is able to take advantage of latest technology and best practices available in the IT industry, being able to develop and deploy these systems in an operational environment. 6. To provide 3rd line technical support to the NHSBT around the clock ensuring that system and Customer problems can be resolved within negotiated SLAs, resolving highly complex technical problems in a timely manner. 7. Presenting complex, sensitive or contentious information to a large audience. 8. Ensure that all designated new systems are fully tested, validated and documented before hand over to Operations. 9. Ensure appropriate change control procedures are in place and followed as systems are developed and modified. 10. Work with the Systems Engineering team to determine the needs and requirements of the business at each location, and facilitate the provision of IT solutions. 11. Ensure NHSBT IT standards are adhered to throughout systems development, and facilitate the evolution of those standards as the business needs and requirements change. 12. Validate designated new and modified applications before hand over to Operations, to ensure they are brought in to service in a controlled manner, with minimum impact to IT services and business continuity. 13. Contribute to, and influence, the strategic direction of IT systems, working with the NHSBT business community, and the other specialists within IT. 14. Provide advice on the IT infrastructure to ensure it is kept up to date and reflects both the needs of IT and Business. 15. Undertake other duties as delegated by the Systems Engineering Manager, to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the Systems Engineering department. 16. Ensure appropriate levels of support are available on all software systems throughout the NHSBT. 17. Ensure appropriate documentation and change control procedures are in place and followed as systems are developed and modified. 18. Deputise for the Senior Systems Engineer assuming full delegated powers of authority. General Provisions Communicate effectively with NHSBT staff, from the Chief Executive and Board, through to end users and other IT colleagues, as well as with suppliers. Ensure that one’s own dress and personal hygiene are consistent with the professional image expected from staff employed by the NHSBT. Read, understand and comply with the Standard Operating Procedures relating to IT within the National Blood Service. Maintain confidentiality of information at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act. To undertake ad hoc duties and/or hours of work as may be required of you at your initial place of work or at any of the Service’s other establishments. Ensure information concerning donors, customers and other members of staff is treated as confidential. Promote the Core Purpose and Communication Strategy. Act as a role model and promote behaviours in keeping with the Mission & Values of the organisation. 2 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service. JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 Ensure that the Health and Safety Policies, Standard Operating Procedures and National Guidelines are adhered to at all times. Adhere to and demonstrate commitment towards the implementation and continuing review of the Quality System. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. Changes will be discussed with the officer before implementation. The duties of the post and job description will be regularly reviewed through the agreed process. Core Competencies, Attributes and Manager Provisions Core Competencies and Attributes Show a passion for our core purpose – to save and improve lives. Demonstrate energy and drive in getting things done. Evaluate the quality of their service and always try to do better. Focus on what the customer or donor needs rather than what will suit the organisation. Committed to personal development and learning for themselves and for their team. Show insight into own behaviour and the behaviour of others. Understand how to embed change so that improvements are sustainable and consistent. Build, strengthen and empower their team and plan for succession. Commit to communicating the vision, goals, successes and lessons learned to their colleagues and team members 3 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service. JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT - PERSON SPECIFICATION Title of Post: Systems Engineer Category Skills & Abilities Description 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Proven ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, highly complex and / or contentious information, where persuasion and negotiation are required and there is a need to influence the behaviour of others. Proven ability to communicate complex information to a large group of staff or IT customers. Proven ability to troubleshoot highly complex technical issues on a wide range of IT systems, by using creative and practical skills and by taking into account previous solutions and resolutions. Proven ability to make judgements on facts / situations where the issue is highly complex or there is conflicting information, and there are a range of options which need to be considered in light of their potential impact. Proven ability to plan and co-ordinate a number of simultaneous complex activities, which will impact across departments or services, and may involve 3rd parties or external suppliers, working within agreed deadlines. Proven ability to implement policies and procedures within own work area, and to propose and implement changes to those policies and procedures. Proven ability to propose policy or service changes which impact beyond own area of activity. Proven ability to take responsibility for the installation and maintenance of IT equipment within a large national or multinational organisation. Proven ability to maintain computer room environments to industry-wide standards in a Data Centre environment. Proven ability to deliver practical training in own discipline to colleagues within own function, and also to colleagues from different functions, where there may be barriers to understanding. Proven ability to manage critical and high availability IT systems which have an organisation-wide impact, within the context of a national or multi-national organisation. Essential Desirable * * * * * * * * * * * 4 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service. Assessment Method Interview & Test During Interview JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. Proven ability to conduct research and development in areas directly and indirectly related to own area of work, and to identify new opportunities for technical solutions. Proven ability to operate within a management framework where broad objectives will be set and expected results defined, but the method of delivery of those objectives / results is the responsibility of the post holder. Proven ability to work efficiently in an environment where the work pattern is highly unpredictable. Proven ability to negotiate best value and appropriate Service Level Agreements with 3rd party suppliers, in respect of large maintenance contracts or purchasing agreements. Specialist knowledge of server operating systems across a wide range of industry standard platforms. Specialist knowledge of HP Intel and Alpha based hardware platforms, or equivalent. Experience of application delivery via Server Based Computing, or “Thin client”, infrastructure, in a large national or multinational organisation. Specialist knowledge of Enterprise / Data Centre backup solutions and methodologies. Knowledge and experience of delivering data storage solutions within a national or multi-national organisation, using appropriate technologies. Experience of communicating with staff where tact is required, and where there are barriers to understanding. Knowledge of deploying and delivering communication and messaging technology within a national or multi-national organisation. Experience of implementing procedure or policy changes within own area of work. Ability to manage programme of concurrent projects Knowledge and experience of change management practices. Extensive knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office products. Experience of building and maintaining relationships with external suppliers. Experience of presenting technical information to technical and non-technical audiences. Experience of delivering practical training in own discipline * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 5 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service. Interview/Test &Presentation During Interview JE Office Use Only: V 1 Aug 2011 Ref: NHSBT.BTS.857 30. 31. Experience of Backup software Knowledge of NHSBT clinical and laboratory operations 32. Knowledge and practical experience of NHS procurement standards and regulations 33. Experience of implementing or maintaining Storage Area Network solutions Knowledge & 34. Knowledge of legislation, e.g. Data * Interview/ Experience Protection Act, Intellectual Property Test & regulations. * presentation 35. Knowledge of IT best practice as stipulated during by the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) * interview 36. Knowledge and experience of Windows debugging tools * 37. Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft licensing policy. Training & 38. Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or * App / Education equivalent. Interview 39. Postgraduate diploma in relevant * discipline, or equivalent Other 40. Must demonstrate a meticulous, * Interview Requirements methodical approach, with excellent & attention to detail. * test to be 41. Must be reliable and punctual. * taken during 42. Must possess a full driving licence allowing interview the holder to drive in the UK. * 43. Enthusiasm to help the NHSBT achieve its goals *Note: App = Application Form / Int = interview / AC = Assessment Centre / Pres = Presentation 6 NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority within the National Health Service.