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Global Health Senior Research Manager

National Institute for Health Research - Grant Management Group, Health Science & Innovation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation funded through the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

LGC is an international life sciences company working with customers in the government, academic, pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, food, environment, security and sports sectors to achieve excellence in investigative, diagnostic and measurement science.  LGC’s Grant Management Group (GMG) are experts in managing research funding to maximise its impact. 

On behalf of the UK Department of Health and Social Care, GMG manages two important components of the National Institute for Health Research: the Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI).

In recent years the Department of Health and NIHR have started to fund research programmes to benefit people’s health in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) across the globe. It provides an opportunity for UK universities to exploit their gold standard science and research capabilities overseas or expand their existing global health work.  LGC is seeking to add to its recently established team which manages LMIC-focused health research programmes and the use of Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.

Job Purpose:

The Senior Programme Manager will cover the full end-to-end process of research management, from scoping launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded projects and will require an ability to work collaboratively with other team members. The post provides the opportunity for exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK government, academia, industry and the clinical community.

The postholder will be expected to either take on additional line management tasks or deliver special expertise in handling ODA project funding.

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching potential call themes, advising potential applicants, revising application forms and guidance documents, reviewing and short-listing of applications for funding, coordinating and managing the peer review process, managing the funding panel, coordinating and attending funding panel meetings, providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones, financial arrangements and reporting requirements to enable successful project progression
  • Managing a portfolio of funded projects, including monitoring of scientific, clinical and financial performance, reviewing IP and dissemination plans and managing contractual changes to ensure appropriate strategies are in place leading to patient benefit and/or commercial realisation
  • Developing and maintaining excellent professional relationships with other GMG teams, applicants and award holders and with colleagues within NIHR and at the Department of Health and Social Care, and act as a role model to colleagues at all levels

In addition, Senior Programme Managers will be expected to either line manage up to two members of staff or provide support to colleagues on detailed aspects of the safe delivery of ODA support.



  • A biomedical, health or social sciences degree
  • Ideally at least three years experience of research management
  • A track record in successful management of projects and programmes, including administrative and financial aspects
  • Able to think strategically, interpreting complex information, putting information in context and having a clear view of the “big picture”
  • Excellent writing skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks, working to challenging targets and deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and complex problem solving skills, with a solution based approach
  • Highly developed communication skills and customer focus, including experience of external liaison


  • Experience of working on projects supported by ODA funding and/or projects relevant to global health
  • Understanding and/or experience of designing and implementing systems for assessing the success and impact of funded research
  • Experience, or aptitude for, line management
  • PhD in life or social sciences or equivalent research experience is desirable

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about this post, please contact:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Location: London, Twickenham
Salary: £40,000 to £45,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th June 2020
Closes: 30th July 2020
Job Ref: 10020
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