Senior Programme Manager

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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.

Due to the nature of the programme engagement with industry is a particular focus, and we are looking for candidates with experience in commercially focused research, technology transfer, healthcare companies or investment in the life sciences sector. The successful candidates will be highly responsible individuals with significant expertise in the development stages of new healthcare technologies, the assessment and due diligence of funding proposals and stakeholder management.

The key role of the Senior Programme Manager is to manage the funding processes and to ensure effective monitoring of funded projects. The Senior Programme Manager will carry out due diligence of project proposals and funded projects and is expected to be able to critically analyse the project rationale and the proposed intellectual property (IP) and commercialisation arrangements. The appointed individuals will need to manage complex stakeholder situations and possess a creative approach to problem solving.

Other key aspects include the management of a portfolio of funded projects, supporting team members and the improvement of operational processes and working practices. The Senior Programme Manager will also be involved in the capture of key outputs and their impact on delivering innovations to the NHS.

Key accountabilities

  • Supporting all aspects of research funding, including researching potential call themes, advising applicants, reviewing and short-listing of applications for funding and providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Undertaking due diligence of funding proposals, including reviewing the scientific, technical and clinical rationale, 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 NHS adoption
  • 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
  • Contributing to and leading strategic programme and departmental initiatives and continuous improvement

In addition, Senior Programme Managers may be expected to line manage at least one member of staff.

Qualifications

  • Background in biomedical, health or engineering sciences
  • Experience of working in research (MSc/PhD/postdoctoral research experience or equivalent experience in industry)
  • Experience in commercially focused or the commercialisation of research through working in at least one of the following areas:
    • Research funding
    • Research management within the NHS or Higher Education Institution
    • Technology transfer
    • Medical device industry, biotech or pharma
    • Investment firm
  • 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 issues across all healthcare sectors
  • Understanding of IP and commercial aspects
  • Highly developed communication 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, including 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 [email protected], along with a covering letter indicating your suitability for the role.

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