Senior Programme Manager – Strategy and Policy NIHR TCC

NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre

Fixed Term until 31 March 2019
Also available as a secondment opportunity – application process is the same.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide a key role supporting the strategic priorities and policy development of NIHR’s Training Programmes managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) in Leeds.

The post works to TCC’s Senior Management Team and will involve working closely with the Department of Health’s Science, Research and Evidence Directorate.

The role helps shape the strategic direction of the NIHR Training Programmes by coordinating business intelligence to support strategic and financial decision-making and contributing to briefings requested from Minister’s and governmental offices. The delivery of strategic priorities and establishment of new programmes of work involving collaboration with a range of stakeholders will also be a significant part of the role.

The successful candidate will have significant experience of project management in a research or research management environment as well as experience of delivering complex projects across organisational boundaries. Effective liaison skills with colleagues, senior academics, government officials and various stakeholders will be essential in addition to the ability to generate and maintain strong networks and positive working relationships.

The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) forms part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Department of Health established the NIHR in April 2006 with the aim of creating a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre is based in Leeds and contributes to one of the key goals of the NIHR Faculty, which is to attract, develop and retain the best research professionals to conduct people-based research. The core work of the NIHR TCC involves:

  • Developing and managing all aspects of the NIHR Fellowship Programme which offers support for national research training at PhD, post-doctoral, career scientist and senior research and professorial levels;
  • Managing the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme on a national basis for those in specialist medical and dental training who want to pursue an academic career;
  • Managing the NIHR/HEE Clinical Academic Training Programme on a national basis for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Managing the NIHR/HEE Fellowships Programme nationally for healthcare scientists;
  • Developing and managing the NIHR Research Methods Programme and:
  • Management and establishment of jointly funded schemes and new initiatives.

The NIHR TCC is also involved in other areas of strategic work and development working with other NIHR centres and Research and Development at the Department of Health.

To discuss the role please contact Ian Dowling (Assistant Director) or Caroline Magee (Deputy Director) NIHR TCC via Stephanie Tibble (Tel: 0113 346 6260 or

The post is a fixed term contract until 31st March 2019 and will provide cover for the current post holder who is leading a significant project implementing the recent review of the training and development programmes managed by the NIHR TCC.

We will be willing to consider this as a secondment opportunity for the right candidate.

Closing date: 29 October 2017
Interview date: TBC

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