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Head of Operations - Clinical Trials Unit

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £56,021 to £59,421 with progression to £64,914 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: 26472

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
Do you have experience in clinical research with high level oversight of operational activities, data systems and governance, and quality assurance?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit as a Head of Operations, to develop further and increase the efficiency of structures to support the design, development, coordination and management of clinical trials to the highest quality standards, and leading in matters of research governance, adherence to regulatory requirements, quality assurance and financial management. The role has a key leadership and strategic element working alongside other senior staff in the management and development of NCTU.

In this role, you'll be based at our Newcastle Upon Tyne campus that has fantastic transport links and is in the heart of the city centre.

You will report to the Director of NCTU and with the Deputy Director, Clinical Deputy Director, will be part of NCTU's Leadership Team. You will also interact with the Head of Faculty Operations. You'll be joining a team of nearly 70 staff, with a further 30 in the Biostatistics Research Group with 7 of them currently being your direct reports.

We offer the opportunity to work flexibly between our offices and home, along with core hours and flexible start/finish times.

We are an organisation that champions collaboration and in this role, you'll be responsible for forging close links with other research groups within Newcastle and expanding the research collaborative network. Under the overall direction of the Unit Directors, you'll ensure strong and effective working links between NCTU and all associated organisations and bodies within the Faculty.

You'll act as the key link and representative with other Trials Units, Sponsor organisations, potential Sponsor organisations, the UKCRC, Research Support Service, and other relevant external organisations and groups working with others as required.

As a Head of Operations, you'll provide senior business and research management expertise and input to drive NCTU strategic development and delivery. This means you'll need a good understanding of and senior level expertise in, research management and governance and provision of infrastructure support.

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