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Assistant Programme Manager (2 posts)


Reports to: Business Support Team Manager

Department/location: NIHR Central Commissioning Facility, Grant Management Group (GMG), Twickenham

Job purpose:

The National Institute of Health Research Central Commissioning Facility (NIHR CCF) based at LGC Ltd www.lgcgroup.com manages a number of research funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Health with a total annual value in excess of £375 million.

We are seeking 2 Assistant Programme Managers to join the Business Support Team, a newly formed team that supports GMG colleagues with their management of funding programmes. A significant element of the role is to provide administrative support for the commissioning of new awards, in particular management of the peer review process for applications received.

The post-holders shall support colleagues across GMG, at first principally the Research Programmes Directorate, who have responsibility for managing 3 funding programmes:

The role involves interacting with a broad range of people at all levels of seniority, including members the NIHR, Department of Health, academia and the clinical community.

Key result areas:

  • Delivery of the processes associated with the commissioning of new awards, including, but not limited to:
    • Receiving and checking applications submitted through the online research management system
    • Managing the peer review process for applications, including identifying suitable reviewers, inviting them to review and ensuring their comments are received within agreed timescales
    • Managing applicant responses to peer reviewer comments
    • Organising committee meetings including liaising with members to ensure their attendance, preparation of meeting documentation and, receipt and review of members’ assessments of applications
    • Attending committee meetings and assisting with minute taking
    • Preparation and dispatch of notification of outcome letters to applicants and other post-meeting tasks
    • Assisting with the contracting procedures for funded projects
    • Providing support to Programme Managers and Senior Programme Managers conducting post-award monitoring, notably:
  • Maintaining electronic and paper records for project files
  • Requesting interim and final progress reports
  • Overseeing the distribution and receipt of annual financial statements
  • Reviewing and processing publications and other outputs
  • Assisting with information requests – such as Parliamentary Questions, ministerial briefings etc. – while ensuring that tight deadlines are met
  • Acting as a key contact point for enquiries about funding schemes
  • Regular liaison with Programme Directors, Committee Chairs and members, the research community and other stakeholders
  • Operating as a flexible resource providing GMG-wide support as required
  • Travel to meetings around England may be necessary

Role dimensions:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • letter te SpecificationhDH and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research InfrastructureersResponsibility and initiative
  • Motivation
  • Planning and organisation
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail

To apply, please forward your CV to gmgrecruitment@nihr-ccf.org.uk, together with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role.

As an internal candidate, please advise your current manager that you are interested in the opportunity.

Informal discussions should be held with the recruiting manager.

LGC is an equal opportunities employer and is particularly eager to encourage staff progression and development, including lateral moves.



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