MRC CLUSTER Senior Consortium Manager

University College London – UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8.

The CLUSTER Consortium (Childhood arthritis and its associated uveitis: stratification through endotypes and mechanism to deliver benefit) is a £5 million MRC (Medical Research Council)-funded stratified medicine Consortium, comprised of 5 work-streams, aiming to identify and test markers predictive of response to therapy in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), both the arthritis and its associated eye-inflammation uveitis, enabling the stratification of children and young people with JIA and JIA-uveitis according to the therapies that are most likely to be effective.

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Senior CLUSTER Consortium Manager, who will be responsible for guiding the project to successful completion. The post will suit a highly dynamic, motivated, organised and experienced individual who is looking for a challenging role where independence and leadership are key attributes. The senior Consortium Manager will manage the overall work plan, ensuring efficient delivery of the project milestones, and timely completion of project and reporting deadlines across 5 work-streams. S/he will be key to facilitating efficient cohesion between the Consortium Committees, and its collaborators/stakeholders, and leading the consortium management contracts. S/he will lead on developing and delivering key CLUSTER project milestones within and across the 5 work steams, as well as identify, record and report risks to the Consortium Management Board (CMB) and lead early development of creative contingency plans when required, to mitigate against risks as they are identified.

The role will include significant line management and study co-ordination responsibilities, as well as negotiation and coordination with consortium partners (Industry and academic collaborators, across the UK and beyond, as well as patient partners). Skill and dexterity in this role are essential to ensure the project is delivered on time and to scope, along with exceptional communications skills and innovation to find the solutions to new challenges. The post would suit an individual from either an Industry or academic background, with strong knowledge of biomedical research, and project management experience.

The post holder will report to the Consortium Chief Investigator (Professor Wedderburn) and the Consortium Management Board. The post holder will be well supported by the Consortium team and UCLs Translational Research Office (TRO) which offers integrated support for translational research, industrial partnerships and drug discovery.

The post is funded for 4 years in the first instance, but highly likely to be extended to 5 years.

The role will require a proactive, driven individual with high levels of personal organisation, who is prepared to take initiative and show leadership.  A relevant honours degree or higher degree, and significant experience of working in clinical or biomedical research combined with evidence of complex project management, are required. 

Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and organisational skills, strong negotiation skills, and the ability to effectively prioritise tasks according to the needs of the project will be required. Proven evidence of co-ordinating projects, including clear successful outcomes, and effective leadership of a multi-disciplinary team, are vital. Excellent meeting management skills, to facilitate clarity and agreement, as well as ensuring understanding and allocation of actions and their timely follow up, will be essential.

Experience of managing industrial relationships or experience in industry would be desirable, as well as some knowledge or experience with high dimensional biological data e.g. genetic / transcriptomic / proteomic data. Experience of managing or forecasting budgets would be an asset.

UCL vacancy reference: 1719371        

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For further information or informal queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Professor Lucy Wedderburn on If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Madhur Sharma on quoting job reference.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.