Programme Manager - NIHR Global Surgery

United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

This role will act as a focal point and facilitator for the development of the Unit and will be responsible for its day to day overall coordination, financial, project management, administration and support of its aims, with the main aims of:-


  • The establishment of a sustainable platform for the conduct of research which is relevant to low and middle-income countries. The consortium will seek substantial additional research income over the four years of the programme to ensure sustainability and core funding for the hubs and wider network, and
  • The development of the collaboration in jointly coordinating and leading an annual research prioritisation cycle in developing new studies for evaluation across participating centres. These will evolve into large practice changing multicentre trials. This will run in parallel with large cross sectional studies and cohort studies to demonstrate variation in current practice, the burden of disease associated with particular conditions/procedures, and gaps in care provision.

The programme will be developed through the three major components of research, education and training and impact. The main research outputs (clinical trials) will be coordinated through the Birmingham Surgical Trials Consortium (BiSTC), funded by the Royal College of Surgeons for the last five years, and under the leadership of the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit and Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit. Education and training will be led from Edinburgh and impact will be led by RCS England.

The overall strategy of the programme will be overseen by an independent advisory committee (Chair: Lord Ribeiro) and the executive committee will oversee the programme as a whole with the Programme Manager. The Programme Manager will report into the College of Research and Knowledge Transfer office to ensure coordination of research activities through the College and will report directly to the Strategic Project Manager (Dr Claire Potter).


Person Specification

  • High calibre candidate with biological/medical/health sciences first degree or significant directly relevant experience
  • Relevant higher degree or equivalent research/administrative experience
  • Significant administrative experience in the biomedical/health sciences area, ideally gained in a University, Higher Education (HE) or NHS hospital setting
  • Excellent organisational skills including the ability to implement effective project management systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and concisely (particularly in report writing), and to communicate with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse range of people and external organisations with disparate goals
  • Good financial oversight skills including the ability to understand complex budgets and multi-partner projects
  • Strong ability to create, maintain and manipulate administrative spreadsheets and databases and to understand and interpret the information contained in them.
  • Excellent analytical skills (financial, situational and organisational) accompanied by strong risk assessment and mitigation abilities e.g. able to independently identify potential issues as well as propose and implement solutions.
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly in spreadsheets and database management, and the ability to develop and implement output and outcome monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Excellent ability to work proactively, with little supervision, under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a high degree of accuracy
  • Enthusiastic, with a proactive approach
  • Detailed understanding of research grant application processes, and experience in co-ordinating large grant applications
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of biomedical/health research management issues such as research governance, ethical review, data protection, intellectual property
  • Some knowledge of facilitating web site design
  • Ability to plan and organise a large workload to meet both internal and external deadlines
  • Some knowledge of research funding mechanisms in the UK or overseas
  • Demonstrable understanding to interpret and advise on complex legal requirements, governance arrangements and financial regulations

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