Chief Operating Officer

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - CRN North Thames

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead and develop one of the largest and most successful Clinical Research Networks in the NHS.

We are seeking a highly skilled, experienced and innovative manager to head up the team that facilitates and supports NIHR clinical research across the North Thames region. He/she will manage an annual budget of ~£30 million ensuring distribution of resource across the Network to allow equity of access to research for all patients in our area which comprises a population of 6 million, 10% of the UK patient population.

The appointee will be skilled at financial management, an excellent communicator, experienced in negotiating with senior NHS managers and with other NHS organisations and commercial partners to deliver the fundamental mission of the NIHR and help improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The successful applicant will be educated to degree level and ideally have an MBA or equivalent qualification.

This is a complex and demanding role and requires tact, diplomacy and resilience, but if successful will be very rewarding. Staff management experience within the health sector, including managing change, innovation and demonstrable communication skills at high level are all key to making this exciting and challenging post a success.

We offer a friendly and challenging working environment with a strong commitment to personal professional development. The employing organisation is Barts Health NHS Trust, but the post is based at 170 Tottenham Court Road, where CRN North Thames shares office space with UCLPartners. Travel across the network will be required.

Informal enquiries about this post can be made to Lyn Chitty, Clinical Director via lyn.chitty@nihr.ac.uk or Gerry Leonard, Director of Research Development via Gerry.Leonard@bartshealth.nhs.uk.

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