Head of Theme

Medical Research Council

You will be responsible for heading one of MRC’s themes, working to deliver MRC’s strategic aims and objectives through the management and development of a diverse research portfolio. As well as having responsibility for the commitment of an annual research budget of circa £30M, you will undertake key policy and strategic decisions on MRC research as well as advising the CEO, MRC Council and Directors on key issues to inform wider organisational direction.  You will provide leadership, motivation, and empower a high performing team of Programme Managers who will report to you and enable the delivery of the research portfolio.

You will need:

  • A PhD relevant to the work of the MRC
  • To be strategical minded, being able to deliver long term strategy in short-term actions
  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills whilst working in a politically sensitive environment
  • To show proven experience at representing an organisation at a senior level
  • An ability to motivate and provide leadership to a team, including management of departmental performance.

The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. Choosing to come to work at the MRC means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC on your CV in the future.

The MRC is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health.  We support world-class research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, from fundamental laboratory-based science to clinical trials, in all major disease areas.  We fund research in universities, hospitals and in our own research units and institutes across the UK and in Africa.

To apply please visit http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc243622_7784.aspx  

It is expected that final interviews will be held in central London on 21 February 2018