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Closing date: 25 April 2021

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Programme Director, NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme

The Director of Science, Research and Evidence for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is looking to select an exceptional person to be the Programme Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, to succeed Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone who comes to the end of her tenure at the end of November 2021.

Communications and Engagement Manager

Salary: £33,000-£38,000 dependent on experience

12 month fixed-term contract

The NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research, awarding more than £1 billion a year of research funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Our research programmes, people, centres of excellence and systems together represent the most integrated health research system in the world. 

We are looking for an experienced and proactive Communications and Engagement Manager to join the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI). NOCRI is focused on building collaborations across the NIHR’s broad research infrastructure and promoting the NIHR’s innovative research, facilities, services and people to potential partners including the global life sciences industry, charities and other funders. The Communications and Engagement Manager role is central to achieving NOCRI’s aim of championing, promoting and disseminating the impact of the collaborations we support across the NIHR research infrastructure, as well as supporting our engagement with industry.

NOCRI helps public sector and charity research funders, and the life sciences industry, work in partnership with NIHR infrastructure and manages a number of TRCs to bring together world-leading investigators from across NIHR centres to develop and deliver clinical research and innovation. TRCs provide a platform for translational research which will facilitate rapid and efficient collaboration across NIHR centres, NHS organisations, other research funders, charities and life sciences companies.

This post is based at LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG), which manages three important components of the NIHR: the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) and the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED).

The post holder will be based in London (flexible working can be discussed).

Candidate Specification:

We are looking for an experienced science communications professional with an outgoing personality, excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation) with creative flare and the ability to inspire colleagues and external audiences. The post holder must be a proactive, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic team player who can work independently and as part of a team. 

A good eye for a story is essential as well as proven copywriting ability (e.g. for news releases, features and social media), underpinned by strong grammatical skills and attention to detail. Skills in stakeholder management, negotiation and liaison are important assets to bring to this role, yet with the soft skills necessary to create rapport and ‘bring people on board’, whilst acting with assertiveness and authority. Confidence and diplomacy will be required when dealing with stakeholders in NHS Trusts, charities, universities and industry. 

How to apply

To view the full job description and how to apply please visit the the LGC vacancies website.

For more information, please email