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Vacancy details

Closing date: 31 January 2021
Location: Twickenham

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Senior Research Manager

The NIHR, via CCF, is now working both independently and in collaboration with the UKRI, to support the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has, as a result, funded a large portfolio of research projects in response to the emergency and to inform recovery efforts in health and social care in the short to medium term. We are looking for Research Managers and Senior Research Managers (full-time or part-time) to join our CCF Research Programmes Directorate team to help coordinate and support, among other initiatives, this important research portfolio. Successful candidates will be working on research funded through numerous research funding calls, including the following:

In order to genuinely deliver on the research investments made by NIHR, meaningful and sustainable engagement at multiple levels is required. Key stakeholders will include communities, local authorities, industry, regulators, policy makers and academics.

These roles will cover the full end-to-end process of research management, from launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded projects and will require an ability to work collaboratively with other team members and across organisations. The posts provide the opportunity for exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK government, academia, industry and the clinical community. Senior Research Managers will be expected to take on additional line management or technical expert associated tasks.

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) are experts in managing research funding to maximise its impact. On behalf of the UK Department of Health and Social Care, GMG manages two important components of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI).

Key Accountabilities:

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching and articulating potential research investment opportunities, advising potential applicants, revising application forms and guidance documents, reviewing and short-listing of applications
    for funding, coordinating and managing the peer review process, overseeing the funding committees, coordinating and attending funding committee meetings, providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Undertaking due diligence of proposals based on critical assessment of healthcare-related projects, including reviewing the scientific, technical and clinical rationale, and, supported by senior members of the team, analysis of value for money, evaluation of proposed IP protection and freedom to operate positions and assessment of the proposed dissemination, adoption and/or commercialisation strategy
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones and deliverables, financial arrangements and reporting requirements to enable successful project progression
  • Managing a portfolio of funded projects, including monitoring of scientific, clinical and financial performance, reviewing IP and dissemination plans and managing contractual changes to ensure appropriate strategies are in place leading to patient benefit and/or commercial realisation
  • Liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including attending, organising and leading meetings, representing the funder’s perspective at project meetings to facilitate successful project development, and promoting and representing funding programmes at external meetings
  • Contributing to strategic development initiatives, for example those to enable broad data access to successful applicants
  • Drafting SOPs, work instructions and template documents and issuing guidelines
  • Assisting with the quality control of minutes, outcome letters and other external documentation
  • Assisting in the preparation of regular and ad hoc programme reports, papers and minutes
  • Ad hoc “special project” work
  • Identifying enhancements to working practices and defining, implementing and supporting the processes to deliver operational excellence
  • Organising and attending site visits, advisory panel meetings and relevant external meetings etc.
  • Responding to Parliamentary Questions or briefing requests from DH, often at very short notice
  • Developing and maintaining excellent professional relationships with other GMG teams, applicants and award holders and with colleagues within NIHR and at the Department of Health and social care, and act as a role model to colleagues at all levels

In addition, Senior Programme Managers may be responsible for:

  • line management of up to four members of staff
  • monitoring the quality and timelines of the work of Programme Managers within the team in line with the agreed indicators
  • staff recruitment and mentoring, training and supervision of new and existing staff
  • budget and financial monitoring, including project budget scrutiny
  • oversight of website and research management system functionality
  • overall responsibility for a key operational aspect of the programme(s) e.g.commissioning


  • Delivery of specific technical expertise

Candidate Specification:

  • Knowledge of the National Institute for Health Research architecture and objectives
  • Background in biomedical, health, engineering or social sciences
  • Experience of working in a research environment, either in academia or industry
  • Experience or clear awareness of commercially focused research or the commercialisation of research, including understanding of intellectual property.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills from liaising with internal and external stakeholders and communities
  • Good financial awareness
  • Good people management skills, and ability to delegate and influence behaviour
  • Well developed analytical and complex problem solving skills, with a solution based approach
  • Excellent communication skills and customer focus, including experience of external liaison
  • Excellent relationship management skills resulting in collaborative working and shared objectives
  • Excellent IT skills, e.g. Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Committed team player with an ability to build effective working relationships
  • At least three years experience of research management for senior research managers.
  • Experience, or aptitude for, line management or proven expertise of direct relevance to one or more of the research programmes managed by GMG
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • A Ph.D. in life or social sciences or equivalent research experience is desirable but not essential

Essential Competencies:

  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Attention to detail and meticulous record keeping
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Customer focus
  • Problem Solving
  • Delegation
  • Initiative

Please submit a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and an up-to-date CV via our vacancy page.