Programme Manager

LGC Limited

The National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility (NIHR CCF), based at LGC Ltd in Twickenham, manages a number of research funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Health with a total annual value in excess of £400 million.

The advertised post is a central role within the Research Programmes Directorate, covering the full end-to-end process of research management, from launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded projects. The post provides the opportunity for exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK Government, academia, industry and the clinical community. Initially, the role will focus on delivering the requirements of the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, but will also include cross-cutting work covering the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme and the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.

Job purpose

The key role of the Programme Manager is to coordinate and support the funding processes and to ensure effective monitoring of funded projects.

A major aspect is the management of all research funding activities, including the coordination and management of short-listing and funding committee meetings and of the peer review process.

The Programme Manager will also carry out due diligence of project proposals and funded projects and is expected to be able to critically analyse the project rationale and, working with Senior Programme Managers and/or the IP & Commercial team, the proposed adoption, dissemination, intellectual property (IP) and commercialisation strategies. The appointed individual will need to manage complex stakeholder situations and possess a creative approach to problem solving.

Other key aspects include the management of a portfolio of funded projects, supporting team members and the improvement of operational processes and working practices. The Programme Manager will also be involved in the capture of key outputs and their impact on delivering patient benefit. There will also be a need to build case studies as projects evolve to provide insight into their success.

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
  • Undertaking due diligence of proposals based on critical assessment of healthcare-related projects, including reviewing the scientific, technical and clinical rationale, and, supported by senior members of the team, analysis of value for money, evaluation of proposed IP protection and freedom to operate positions and assessment of the proposed dissemination, adoption and/or commercialisation strategy
  • 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
  • Liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including attending, organising and leading meetings, representing the funder’s perspective at project meetings to facilitate successful project development, and promoting and representing funding programmes at external meetings
  • Contributing to strategic programme initiatives

Candidate specification


  • A degree in biomedical, health or social sciences
  • Experience of working in a research environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically analyse complex scientific, technical and/or clinical subjects across all healthcare sectors
  • Experience of managing diverse internal and external relationships
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Excellent organisational skills, including effective prioritisation and the ability to achieve targets to deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail, including meticulous record keeping
  • Good financial awareness
  • Good IT skills


  • Experience of working with government departments and the NHS
  • A higher degree in biomedical, health or social sciences
  • Experience in research management
  • Understanding of IP and commercial aspects in the funding environment

Interview date: 22 November 2016

To apply, please forward your CV to

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.                                                                                                                                                                                       

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