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Closing date: 30 November 2020
Location: Twickenham

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Subcommittee Membership

We are pleased to announce an excellent opportunity has arisen to participate in Programme Grants for Applied Research assessment committees. These prestigious appointments offer senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of making recommendations to NIHR for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients and the NHS.

Senior Programme Manager – Research Reporting & Monitoring

Job description

About the Role

We are looking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Senior Programme Manager (SPM) to provide leadership to a programme of work around infrastructure data visibility, annual reporting and monitoring. This is a pivotal role that will provide a linkage across CCF infrastructure, data and impact, and the Clinical Research Network. The initial focus will be undertaking a systematic review of NIHRs current annual reporting process to develop a streamlined and fit for purpose process that meets the needs of NIHR and its key stakeholders. This will require a root and branch review of the metrics being collected, the data needs of stakeholders and the systems and approaches used to capture and review data. The SPM role will sit within the Infrastructure Team, working closely with a Business Analyst and the Impact and Evaluation Lead. The SPM will deliver a set of recommendations within 12 months and plan and lead a programme of implementation. Working with infrastructure managers, R&D offices and CCF to embed new approaches to data, monitoring, reporting and impact across the infrastructure research portfolio by Autumn 2022. The role will evolve to support a wider programme around visibility and the strategic use of data within infrastructure. The SPM will lead the data elements of projects across the infrastructure to deliver scheme-level reviews, creation of progress dashboards and annual reporting tools which will feed into impact and evaluation supporting the NIHR value framework. NIHR research funding drives the delivery of world-leading clinical research, translating research breakthroughs into new life-saving treatments for patients, driving technical innovation, and supporting the UK’s international competitiveness in clinical research. The following links provide information on some of the clinical infrastructure schemes funded through NIHR.

About NIHR

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR – is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation funded through the Department of Health and Social Care.  Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy. The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), based in Twickenham, manages circa £375 million pa of NIHR research and infrastructure funding and works alongside the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), which ensures patient benefit by establishing innovative partnerships with public, charity and industry research funders. In addition, the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (NIHR CED) makes research representative, relevant and ready for use by bringing together patient and public involvement, engagement and participation with research dissemination, providing coordination and thought leadership across the health and care system. Together, CCF, NOCRI and the NIHR CED constitute the Grant Management Group (GMG).

About LGC

LGC is an international life sciences company working with customers in the government, academic, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, food, environment, security and sports sectors to achieve excellence in investigative, diagnostic and measurement science. 

LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG) holds the contract to deliver the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility for the Department of Health and Social Care and are experts in managing research funding to maximise its impact. 

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the post holder will have a level of autonomy to develop fit-for-purpose solutions to embed new approaches to reporting within the infrastructure research portfolio. These will need to consider links to policy directives around Busting Bureaucracy, the developing NIHR digital strategy and system operability issues with NHS and University systems. The initial priority project will be working with the appointed Business Analyst to deliver a new end-to-end process for annual reporting across infrastructure.  You will be a strategic thinker, capable of seeing the issues and solutions from a number of different stakeholder perspectives to see the bigger picture.

You will be comfortable dealing with complexity and developing an approach to balance the needs of different stakeholders. You will be adept at dealing with an array of data sources (metrics, narrative and financial reporting information) and have an understanding of IT solutions and architecture, data flows and interoperability.  You will have experience of leadership of complex projects, knowledge of the UK’s research environment and political agenda, and honed skills in stakeholder management. As a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a high degree of professionalism you will be responsible for the delivery of several work packages. These will include a systematic review of the existing reporting cycles and infrastructure, the development of the essential data set that meets the needs of different schemes and stakeholders.

Lead a programme of stakeholder engagement (workshops and semi structured interviews), data synthesis and develop recommendations for practical implementation.

Key Deliverables:

  • Review of Infrastructure Annual Reporting (18 months): Together with a business analyst you will deliver a full and in-depth end-to-end review of reporting processes and procedures, including rationale and purpose. Production of one or more reports as defined in the Review Specification detailing the end-to-end review findings with recommendations. Where this requires system development, plans and budgets should be developed. In depth understanding of all stakeholder requirements relating to infrastructure reporting (e.g. DHSC, infrastructure managers, CCF). Provide support and context to ensure the ‘tools and techniques’ developed to support the reporting process are fit for purpose (months 1- 12).
  • Implementation: Alongside the review of annual reporting develop a plan to roll out and implement the new approach to annual reporting across the infrastructure, CCF, CRN and others as required. Oversee and monitor the roll-out of the new approach to annual reporting both internally at the technical systems level, and externally with users to support training and facilitate familiarisation. (months 8 - 18).
  • BRC Visibility: Working with the infrastructure experimental medicine team develop and deliver an appropriate solution to provide public visibility to the BRC portfolio of projects. (months 1-4)
  • Clinical Trial Performance: Working with the CCF Clinical Trial Performance team to support the project on streamlining the collection of Performance in Initiating and Delivering research (PID) data from NHS organisations, and identify learning which can be incorporated into revised approaches to collecting infrastructure annual report data.
  • Data interpretation and visibility: The SPM will support the evolution of the role, which will deliver a wider programme around visibility and the strategic use of data within infrastructure. The SPM will lead the data interrogation elements of projects across the infrastructure to deliver evidence of impact to support strategic reviews, the creation and interpretation of progress dashboards and annual reporting tools which will feed into impact and evaluation supporting the NIHR value framework. (18 months onwards)

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop fit for purpose approach to monitoring and annual reporting: Co-produce the review of current processes and the development of a ‘fit-for-purpose’ approach to annual reporting and monitoring taking into account the need to provide both adequate assurance and up-to-date evidence of progress and impacts.
  • Implementation of new approach to monitoring and annual reporting: plan and deliver the roll out of the new system both internally at the technical systems level and externally with users to support training and facilitate familiarisation.
  • Stakeholder engagement: through appropriate stakeholder engagement, developing a sound understanding of their data needs, and minimise additional requirements of key stakeholder and understand the types of reporting outputs/feedback that would provide the greatest utility.
  • Development of reporting outputs: Support the development of data interrogation elements of projects across the infrastructure. Interrogating data supports strategic reviews, producing visual dashboards of progress and annual reporting tools which will feed into impact and evaluation supporting the NIHR value framework.
  • Flexible support to the team:  flexible approach to work tasks with ability to ‘muck in’ and provide support on additional tasks across the team during busy times.

Line Management:
• The team works using a matrix model and initially the post will have no formal line management responsibilities.


Required Criteria:

• A PhD degree (or equivalent) in biomedical or health sciences research
• Current knowledge of the UK’s health and care research and policy landscape
• Strategic thinker able to interpret complex information while having a clear view of the “big picture”
• Solutions orientated with knowledge of IT systems and solutions with a willingness to learn more.
• Evidence of delivering projects, requiring evidence synthesis, report writing and implementable recommendations
• Sound data analysis skills
• Experience in complex stakeholder management, within and across multiple organisations
• Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
• Committed team player with an ability to build effective working relationships

Desirable Criteria:

• Specialist training in evaluation approaches and methods.
• Background or interest in computing and system data flows


This post is advertised at 1.0 FTE and LGC will look to accommodate suitable requests for flexible approaches to working hours.
If you wish to make an informal enquiry about this post, please contact:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged to avoid disappointment.

To apply

Please forward your CV with a covering letter (max 2 pages) which clearly demonstrates your experience against the required criteria to
Any application submitted without an adequate covering letter will be rejected.

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