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Programme Manager

LGC Limited - Grant Management Group, Health Science & Innovation

The Innovations Directorate within the Grant Management Group of LGC Ltd manages a number of translational health research programmes. We are looking to expand our team with a number of Senior Programme Managers, a central role within the Innovations Directorate, to manage the SBRI Healthcare Programme. This programme is focused on delivering new innovations from UK-based industry to the NHS. Its objectives are to stimulate innovation in the economy by supporting firms to develop and commercialise new technology-based products and solutions, provide the NHS with new and cost-effective solutions and accelerate the development of new technologies that meet the needs of the NHS.

This is an exciting opportunity to gain significant experience in commercially focused research and will be of particular interest to candidates with a strong scientific background and some experience in research management or technology transfer.

The advertised post is a central role within the Innovations Directorate, covering the full end-to-end process of research management, from launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded projects.

The key role of the Programme Manager is to coordinate and support the commissioning processes, to ensure effective monitoring of a portfolio of funded projects and to contribute to the improvement of operational processes and working practices. The Programme Manager will work closely with Senior Programme Managers and the IP & Commercial team and is expected to develop and maintain excellent professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Key accountabilities

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching call themes, advising applicants, reviewing and short-listing of applications for funding, coordinating and managing the peer review process and providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Undertaking due diligence of funding proposals, including reviewing the scientific, technical and clinical rationale, and, supported by senior members of the team, analysis of project budgets and value for money, evaluation of proposed IP protection and freedom to operate positions and assessment of the proposed adoption/commercialisation strategy 
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones, financial arrangements and reporting requirements to enable successful project development 
  • Managing a portfolio of funded projects at various stages of development across all healthcare sectors, including monitoring of scientific, technical, clinical and financial performance to ensure appropriate strategies are in place leading to patient benefit/commercial realisation 
  • Liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including attending, organising and leading meetings, representing the funder’s perspective at project meetings to facilitate successful project development, and promoting and representing funding programmes at external meetings


  • Background in biomedical, health or engineering sciences
  • Experience of working in research (MSc/PhD and postdoctoral research experience or equivalent experience in industry)
  • Experience of managing diverse internal and external relationships
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically analyse and assess complex scientific, technical and/or clinical proposals across all healthcare sectors
  • Understanding of IP and commercial aspects desirable
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, including effective prioritisation and working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Committed team player with the ability to build effective relationships
  • Excellent attention to detail and meticulous record keeping
  • Good IT skills

To apply, please upload your CV and cover letter explaining why you are applying and how your skills and experience meet the described role.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance may be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance. This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.     

To apply, please forward your CV to, along with a covering letter indicating your suitability for the role.

Location: London
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th March 2019
Closes: 7th April 2019
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