Job PurposeThe Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) is one of the largest UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered clinical trials units in the country and specialises in running cancer clinical trials. The Unit has an extensive portfolio of phase I, II and III clinical trials in adults and children covering a wide range of disease sites. The CRCTU employs a multidisciplinary team of over 150 staff including statisticians, systematic reviewers, trial management staff, research nurses, monitors, programmers, administrators and IT staff. The CRCTU receives substantial core funding from Cancer Research UK and additional funding from other charities, government and pharmaceutical companies.
The Haematology Team comprise of the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) and the IMPACT partnership. These are both ground-breaking initiatives designed to fast-track the clinical evaluation of new therapies in haematological malignancies through the establishment of national clinical trial networks. The post-holder will be responsible for the efficient and effective running of Haematology Clinical Trials programme with a specific focus on the financial management of the programme. This challenging post is essential to the success of the programme. Largely working on your own initiative, you will be responsible for the overall co-ordination of specific projects within the programme, financial (in excess of £10 million) and the administration associated with this programme. You will establish and maintain communication with various collaborators, prepare contracts, financial documents, and reports, create websites, and coordinate project meetings. You will have a strong quantitative background and the ability to create, maintain and manipulate complex databases and spreadsheets in order to deliver effective data for the project. This will be complemented by strong and persuasive communication skills, using a variety of platforms, including digital media, to enable you to effectively liaise with multiple partners, users of the research, and the relevant funders.
Person Specification• High calibre candidate educated to degree level with a good honours degree and experience in health care and/or the education sector or other significant directly relevant experience.
• Excellent organisational skills including the ability to implement effective project management systems.
• Significant administrative experience ideally gained in a University/Higher Education (HE)/NHS setting.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and concisely (particularly in report writing).
• Strong ability to create, maintain and manipulate complex spreadsheets and databases and to understand and interpret the information contained in them.
• Excellent ability to work proactively, with little supervision, under pressure and to deadlines.
• 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, web site design, and the ability to develop and implement output and outcome monitoring and reporting systems.
• Good financial management skills including the ability to understand complex budgets and work with a range of currencies.
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to gain cooperation from a diverse range of people and organisations with disparate goals.
• Ability to meet the travel needs of the post both within the UK and internationally on occasion. Overnight stays may be required.