Programme Manager

Recruiter
Medical Research Council
Location
Swindon
Posted
23 Mar 2019
Closes
27 Mar 2019
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Programme Manager

UKRI- MRC

Swindon

£37,789 - £41,988

Full time (Part Time hours will be considered, please include details in your cover letter)

Open ended/Fixed term contracts available

About Us

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

MRC is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK.

About the role

To manage a portfolio of research (a ‘scientific patch’) within one of MRC’s broader science areas. Including:

  • being the knowledge-holder of the scientific issues relating to the patch in question, spanning new research developments, research partnerships and policy-related issues
  • advising grant applicants and overseeing the peer review process for research funding
  • acting as the primary interface for stakeholders, both internally (across sections of the MRC office and UKRI partners) and externally (e.g. researchers in the academic and commercial sectors, funding agencies, policy makers)
  • assisting senior staff in the review of research fields and the development and implementation of scientific initiatives and policy
  • developing and managing funding schemes and innovative initiatives.

Main duties/key responsibilities will include:

  • to oversee the peer review of research funding applications, including discussing scientific proposals with applicants; selecting reviewers or providing quality control for outsourced selection; providing advice during triage and attending the Board/Panel meetings or interviews in order to answer specific queries; to minute the discussion, and to take any follow-up action appropriate
  • to act as the point of contact for the ongoing management of grants, which may include: monitoring the grant’s progress at critical stages to ensure it is meeting its objectives, considering requests for supplements or alterations to the grant and, if appropriate, recommending action to senior staff
  • to act as MRC representative, liaison or observer as appropriate (e.g. external scientific committees, working parties, Government departments, research charities, regulatory agencies, patient groups)
  • to assist senior staff with the preparation of briefing documents and other material on scientific matters for committees, and assist in advising on the line of replies to parliamentary questions and other external queries
  • to carry out any other duties that may be required of the post as delegated by line manager/senior staff.

Additional information:

You will be required to frequently work in the opposite (London/Swindon) office and be willing to stay overnight and work long hours on an occasional basis. Additional, infrequent UK and European travel may also be necessary.

About you

You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Significant research or research related experience, providing a broad understanding of scientific issues is essential.

You will have experience of working directly and achieving results with a wide range of stakeholders e.g. research funder, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS, scientific publishing or academia.

The ability to communicate clearly and identify key issues within a project and analyse essential information as well as managing conflicting priorities and time effectively will be essential for this role.

What we offer

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the Visit website button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 7th April 2019.

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