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Global Health Senior Programme Manager

REF: 1161 & 1162

  • Location:
  • Twickenham
  • Salary:
  • Competitive
  • Closing Date:
  • 26 Jan 2018
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation funded through the Department of Health. 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.
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, GMG manages two important components of the National Institute for Health Research: the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI).
In recent years the Department of Health and NIHR have started to fund research programmes to benefit people’s health in low and middle-income countries (LMICS) across the globe. It provides an opportunity for UK universities to exploit their gold standard science and research capabilities overseas or expand their existing global health work.  LGC is seeking to build a team with expertise in managing LMICs-focused programmes and the use of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.
Job Purpose:
The Senior Programme Managers 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. The posts provide the opportunity for exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK government, academia, industry and the clinical community.
Senior Programme Managers will be expected to either take on additional line management tasks or deliver special expertise in handling ODA project funding.
Key Accountabilities:
  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching potential call themes, advising potential applicants, revising application forms and guidance documents, reviewing and short-listing of applications for funding, coordinating and managing the peer review process, managing the funding panel, coordinating and attending funding panel meetings, providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones, 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
  • 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 act as a role model to colleagues at all levels
In addition, Senior Programme Managers will be expected to either line manage of up to four members of staff or provide support to colleagues on detailed aspects of the safe delivery of ODA support.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills:
  • Experience of working on health-related projects supported by ODA funding
  • A good biomedical, health or social sciences degree with experience of working in research environment
  • Experience of liaising with senior individuals in a variety of organisations with an ability to create favourable working relationships easily
  • At least three years experience of research management
  • Experience, or aptitude for, line management
  • Ph.D. in life or social sciences or equivalent research experience is desirable
Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance may be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance. This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.      
To apply, please forward your CV to, along with a covering letter indicating your suitability for the role.