Research and Innovation Manager

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Fixed Term Contract – 18 Months

Role overview
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is setting up a new education research and innovation function and are looking for an experienced and motivated Research Manager to join the Learning & Innovation team. As a key member of the Research and Innovation team you will help create a body of knowledge and evidence with the aim of establishing a global reputation for the College as a leader in surgical education and innovation.


  • Plan and set up this new area of work for the College, establishing a global presence and reputation for the College as a leader in surgical education and innovation.
  • Identify resources and put plans in place to meet agreed success measures for the new business area.
  • Establish policies and processes for new areas of work or adapt existing policies to suit new purposes.
  • Develop and increase in-house capacity for education research, building RCS intellectual capital.
  • Identify opportunities for research and partnerships including through horizon scanning, networking and business development.
  • Develop and implement a research dissemination strategy to raise RCS education academic profile and research reputation.
  • Obtain funds for innovation and research; writing funding applications/grants and scoping partnership agreements.
  • Work closely with project managers, researchers and the Head of Learning and Innovation to set the annual budget and manage the monthly management accounts.
  • Undertake proof of concept projects with technology partners and scope feasibility for new opportunities and products.
  • Work closely and negotiating with stakeholders and other colleagues, supporting project managers and researchers to source the resources required to achieve research project deliverables, including negotiating and agreeing cross-team resourcing (matrix management).

Experience & Essential Skills
You will have:

  • Experience of managing a research function or programme, including working closely with subject matter experts.
  • A demonstrable track record of developing new partnership arrangements with external organisations and managing them effectively.
  • Experience of developing business cases and writing successful funding or tender applications with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence and persuade individuals at all levels.
  • Evidence of excellent negotiating and influencing skills to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Evidence of strong project and programme management skills with a demonstrable track record of managing multiple projects, and ensuring project delivery to budget and on schedule.
  • Experience of working in Higher Education or Healthcare sectors.


  • Flexi-Time.
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 college closure days.
  • In-house gym.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Variety of learning and development opportunities.

About RCS
RCS is the professional body for surgery. Our mission is to build the future of the surgical profession and improve the delivery of surgical care. We do this through education, training, examination, supporting surgical research and audit/evaluation.

To apply for this position please send a targeted cover letter and tailored CV by clicking the apply button.

Closing date: 24 January 2018.

We are an employer fully committed to our equality and diversity policies. We will judge you on your abilities and nothing else.

Please note due to the high volume of applications received only candidates who have been shortlisted for this position will be contacted.

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