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Vacancy details

Closing date: 01 March 2021
Location: Twickenham

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Senior Research Manager (Applied Health)

We are looking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Senior Research Manager to lead delivery of a high profile NIHR research portfolio covering areas of applied and public health research, research design methodology and recognition awards for leading clinical academics.  NIHR funding schemes drive 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 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. 

About the 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 Programme Lead, and working closely with the Department for Health and Social Care, the post holder will manage activities including: 

  • leading the end-to-end delivery of funding calls (commissioning from scope to contract) for infrastructure funding schemes for the NIHR e.g. Research Design Service (RDS), Senior Investigators and Health Protection Research Units
  • relationship building with directors, managers and associated networks to develop effective communication and trusted relationships with the communities,
  • working with stakeholders to support development of a forward-looking agenda and workplan relevant  to the research and health policy landscape, and
  • developing and delivering appropriate monitoring and impact activities.

You will have significant experience of leading a portfolio or ‘patch’ within a research funding environment (public, charity or private), the NHS or university research management environment, or working within industry. You will also bring experience of strategic leadership of complex programmes, knowledge of the UK’s research environment and political agenda, and honed skills in stakeholder management.

Key Accountabilities:

Development of new funding calls: Support the strategic specification of new funding calls (commissioning), assessment approaches and monitoring requirements.

Recommend new strategic directions:  This will involve performing or supporting mid-scheme evidence reviews or evaluation of current competitions (scope, process, monitoring, impact) to shape relevant funding calls.

Stakeholder engagement: Developing an outward facing strategy and plan to support schemes in order to raise the visibility of the awards within academic, clinical, public and government fora.

Monitoring and reviewing annual reports: Review contractual compliance and progress against work plans and provide feedback to directors.

Flexible support to the team:  Flexible team player happy to provide support on additional tasks across the team during busy times.

Line Management:

The team employs a matrix model and the post will have formal line management for one Research Manager (post-probation).


Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills:

Required Criteria:

  • A PhD degree in health science research (or equivalent)
  • Current knowledge of the UK’s health and care research and policy landscape
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience of working in at least one of the following:
    • Major research funding/management environment
    • Research management within the NHS or HEIs or clinical trial/study coordination
    • Working within pharma/biotech
  • Experience in stakeholder management within and across multiple organisations
  • Evidence of management of high profile projects and programmes
  • Strategic thinker able to interpret complex information while having a clear view of the “big picture”
  • Evidence of writing high level strategy documents and papers for senior committees
  • Sound data analysis skills (comfortable developing spreadsheets, manipulating and analysing data)
  • 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:

Some experience of mentoring, supervising or staff development.


This post is advertised at 1.0 FTE and LGC will look to accommodate suitable requests for flexible approaches to working hours.

To apply

Please upload your CV with a covering letter (max 2 pages) which clearly demonstrates your experience against the required criteria 

Any application submitted without an adequate covering letter will be rejected.