We are looking for a Senior Programme Manager to join us and support the delivery of funding programmes that accelerate the translation of medtech and digital health innovations into the NHS and the wider market for increased patient benefit.
You will be a key member of the Innovations team within the LGC Grant Management Group, which manages a number of healthcare research and development funding programmes, including the NIHR i4i programme, SBRI Healthcare and the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join us and help shape a healthy future for medtech and digital health innovations. If you are proactive, passionate about innovation, a team player and thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment, we would like to hear from you.
The Senior Programme Manager will play a key role in the Innovations team, leading on strategic projects and supporting all aspects of translational funding, including the commissioning of new research and development projects, the effective management of a portfolio of funded projects and the capture of key outputs and impact metrics on delivering innovations to the NHS and the UK economy.
You will be expected to manage and support other team members and contribute to the improvement of operational processes and working practices.
You will act as an ambassador for our funding programmes, representing and promoting them externally to a wide variety of stakeholders, with a particular focus on engaging with industry.
You will have a good understanding of the wider research funding landscape.
You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills to establish productive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, academics and clinicians and be able to manage complex stakeholder situations.
You need to be comfortable with working to tight deadlines and competing priorities while maintaining a high quality of outputs.
The following activities comprise the key responsibilities for the Senior Programme Manager role. Subject to agreement with your Line Manager, additional activities may be required from time to time.
Leading and contributing to strategic programme and departmental initiatives and continuous improvement
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 events
Line management and professional development of up to four team members
Supporting all aspects of translational funding, including scoping potential call themes, advising applicants, reviewing applications for funding and providing feedback to 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 intellectual property protection and freedom to operate positions and assessment of the proposed adoption and commercialisation strategies
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
Please apply directly via our vacancy page with your CV along with a covering letter indicating your suitability for the role and your motivation to apply.
Please note that the submission of a covering letter is essential for your application to be considered.
Background in biomedical, health or engineering sciences (we are particularly interested in candidates with a background in one of the following areas : cancer, artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, medical device manufacturing)
Experience of working in research (MSc / PhD / postdoctoral research experience) or equivalent experience in industry
Experience in commercially focused research or the commercialisation of research through working in at least one of the following areas : Research fundingResearch management within the NHS or Higher Education InstitutionTechnology transferMedical device industry, biotech or pharmaInvestment 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 intellectual property and commercial aspects
Excellent presentation and communications 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