Senior Manager – Research and Impact

Recruiter
CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK
Location
Holborn and Covent Garden
Posted
15 Feb 2019
Closes
28 Feb 2019
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Children with Cancer UK is recruiting for a qualified and experienced Senior Research Manager.

This role coordinates both the strategy for the method of research spend, co-ordinate with Trustees to act upon their instruction for spend and manage calls for proposals on an annual basis. This consists of the launch and administration of new calls for grant applications, fellowships calls and our other funding initiatives. The person will work in close liaison with the senior Scientific and Medical Advisors of the charity.

The post holder is responsible for on-going grants administration including budgets, contracts, reporting and the application and peer review process during regular grant-giving rounds. The Senior Research Manager also communicates the research programme and provides expertise on other on-going initiatives, both within the Charity and externally.

The post holder will help to oversee the grants programme ensuring that grant application processes are managed effectively. To ensure strict independence of individual grant awards, the Charity works within the Association of Medical Research Charity’s (AMRC) Rules. This further ensures that the Charity supports only the highest quality research, that the research programme is promoted nationally and internationally, and that the programme’s outputs are properly reviewed – maximising the impact of the Charity’s research investment.

The post holder shall be the public scientific representative of the charity, helping to build our reputation with clinicians, researchers, public officials and the media.

Key Responsibilities

  • The charity now has several grant rounds/funding streams in operation at any one time and we now have a submission portal and the role shall oversee the announcement and management of the grant rounds.
  • All research grants need to be compliant with the AMRC Rules
  • Each grant round shall need to have the scope clearly defined and approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Need to decide dates/deadlines etc. This invariably involves writing a tender or guideline doc and tweaking the application form.
  • When outline applications come in, there needs to be a decision regarding triage process, then invite full applications.
  • When full applications are in, the role shall find referees.
  • Once referees comments are received, these go back to applications for responses ahead of the appropriate decision meetings.
  • The Senior Research Manager will work closely with the Scientific & Medical Advisors and SAP Chairs
  • In the past few years we have tended to move away from a single open treatment round to targeted areas (Brain tumours and now osteosarcomas)
  • The role shall be our lead contact with the NCRI
  • The role shall work closely with the marketing team to build the reputation of the charity aligned to the charitable investments being made.
  • The role shall become the point of excellence in communication with MP’s and other government officials with regards to the work we are doing and our direction of travel.
  • The role shall communicate with Clinicians in order that our grant calls are considered by clinicians and that we are considered for primary investments.
  • The role will be the prime link with national media with regard to relevant scientific and medical issues.

Skills & Abilities

  • Project management skills
  • Ability to work with a large number of stakeholders, possibly with conflicting needs
  • Able to effectively and appropriately communicate complex research messages to staff, researchers and members of the public
  • Ability to understand and communicate research and scientific concepts clearly
  • Able to manage complex workload and to plan ahead effectively
  • Confidence in establishing standards for best practice in research management and review
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft packages including word, excel and databases
  • Excellent communications skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely

Qualifications, training and education

  • Education to degree level or equivalent, financial contract management issues knowledge and very competent with EXCEL and Database use.

Experience

  • Proven experience of grants or contracts management Experience of managing research budgets
  • Experience of working with senior external stakeholders
  • Experience of preparing complex reports and papers
  • Experience of grants or contract management at a senior level.
  • Proactively identifies potential issues before they arise and help devise solutions
  • Experience of overseeing a complex programme of work whilst maintaining links with other relevant internal and external teams
  • General interest in health matters and some knowledge of cancer-related issues

To apply for this position please forward your CV, plus a covering letter outlining why you think you are right for the role by clicking on the 'Apply' button by 5pm 6th March 2019. If you have any queries regarding this role, please contact Jason Rigby, Director of Fundraising & Communications on 020 7404 0808.

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