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Programme Director, Brain Health

Health Data Research UK

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £75,000 to £82,000
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2024
Closes: 23rd May 2024

Contract: Fixed term until 26th September 2025, Full Time (part time considered) 

Purpose of the post

The postholder will be responsible for direction and management of HDR UK’s newly established brain health and neurodegeneration programmes and partnerships.  They will be responsible for ensuring that the Institute’s activities in brain health meets the wider objectives of HDR UK through demonstration of the trustworthy use of large-scale data and innovative analytical methods.

We are looking for an established Programme Director who is well connected and highly respected across the health data clinical and research communities in the UK and internationally.

The role will work in close partnership with the HDR UK Research Director, Brain Health and colleagues across the Institute, together with a range of delivery partners, including the UK Dementia Research Institute, Dementia Platform UK and the Alzheimer’s Disease Data InitiativeThe successful candidate will also draw support from the HDR UK Senior Leadership Team and the senior leadership teams at our partner organisations.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work with key partners to manage projects and partnerships that improve access to health data for research and innovation that has the potential to transform lives.

Responsibilities

  • Guide the programme direction, project management and delivery of brain health and neurodegeneration projects.
  • Provide a single co-ordination point for brain health and neurodegeneration portfolio driving synergy across projects and across HDR UK, Dementias Platforms UK, Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative and UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) and the broader landscape.
  • Lead stakeholder relationships, working directly with funders and senior management to communicate progress and devise solutions to roadblocks and issues as they arise.
  • Working with partners to coordinate cross-programme activities, identifying and tracking interdependencies.
  • Identify and progress partnerships with industry, to deliver trustworthy commercial partnerships.
  • Tracking and maintaining key deliverables throughout the projects.
  • Proactively managing programme and project risks.
  • Work with partner communications and engagement teams and commission suppliers to develop and implement high-quality channels and content for communication and collaboration.
  • Work with senior leaders across partner organisations to support further funding applications.
  • Support financial and contractual commitments.
  • Coordinate key stakeholders’ involvement, noting the broader context of the UK Government Dementia Mission. 

Person Specification

  • Demonstrable success in delivering complex programmes.
  • Experience working in the biomedical / health research sector leading programme and project delivery at a senior level.
  • Organising and managing collaborative workshops and delivering presentations to secure buy-in and achieve a common focus.
  • Awareness of health data research landscape, the needs of research data users and data custodians and appreciation of public sensitivities of using sensitive data for research.
  • Ability to build and maintain momentum across project teams of multi-skilled professionals.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement / account management including ability to network, negotiate and influence effectively with range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain concepts without technical jargon and communicate confidently with people at all levels.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
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