Research Collaboration Manager

Upto £35K
Sep 29, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Clinical, Life Sciences
Result Type
Full Time

Research Collaboration Manager

Department /Division: Science & Innovation/NIHR Office for Clinical Research  Infrastructure (NOCRI)

Salary: Up to £35,000

Location: London    

Contract: Fixed Term Contract/Secondment (12 months)

Hours:            37.5 per week          

Closing date: 21.10.16         

Department of Health Programme Management Group, London


The Department of Health established NOCRI in 2010. NOCRI works as part of the Department of Health Programme Management Group and is responsible for maximising the coordinated working of the Department of Health's £0.5bn/year investment in clinical research infrastructure through the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). This infrastructure includes world-leading scientists in world class facilities, embedded in the NHS. Approximately 3,000 staff work in the NIHR infrastructure across England. 

NOCRI works to improve the nation's international competitiveness as a location to do clinical research to benefit the health and wealth of the nation. NOCRI supports the clinical research infrastructure set-up and deliver collaborative models through which they can deliver high impact health research for the benefit of patients, the NHS and the wider UK economy. NOCRI helps the NIHR infrastructure establish collaborative partnerships with external partners such as the life sciences industry and medical research charities.

Job purpose

The Research Collaboration Manager will support the set-up and delivery of collaborations across the NIHR clinical research infrastructure. This will include supporting the design and implementation of appropriate operating models for new and emerging research collaborations. They will also support the engagement of collaborations with external partners such as the life-sciences industry and medical research charities.

Key duties and responsibilities

The Research Collaboration Manager will:

  • Help scope prioritised opportunities to develop future research collaborations, and then help develop these into delivery-ready platforms to enable collaborative research  across member sites and/or with external research partners, including the life sciences industry, medical research charities and academic researchers
  • Help set-up new structured collaborations across the NIHR clinical research infrastructure, including:
  • help identify the most appropriate operating model for new NOCRI-led collaborations
  • support the development of new operational models for collaborations as appropriate
  • support the implementation of agreed operating models to new NOCRI-led collaborations
  • support the engagement of external partners, such as industry and charities, with the collaborations during the set-up phase and delivery
  • Manage the delivery of collaborations
  • Provide analyses, intelligence and information on NIHR research infrastructure portfolios to facilitate collaborations, meetings, briefing requests, responding to parliamentary questions and other requests for information
  • Develop and maintain NIHR clinical research infrastructure expertise and capabilities summaries to support wider knowledge and understanding of this expertise across the NOCRI team
  • Develop a detailed map of the strengths and expertise across the NIHR clinical research infrastructure to support NOCRI’s ongoing industry engagement
  • Coordinate and deliver NIHR clinical research infrastructure events including conferences, workshops, events and meetings
  • Prepare meeting minutes and reports for wider dissemination, including follow-up and successful delivery of actions where appropriate
  • Work with NOCRI Communications Manager to identify case studies and success stories
  • A track record of successful management and delivery of projects involving multiple organisations
  • A good biomedical science degree or equivalent expertise gained through previous employment
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including excellent attention to detail and record keeping
  • An outgoing and engaging personality with excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and verbal
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications, in particular Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Proficient in the use of email and other web-based applications, including online databases.
  • Experience of arranging and supporting meetings and events, including event planning and pre-event logistics, event set up, event management and post-event communication
  • An understanding of how clinical research in the NHS is carried out, and of the role of the NIHR is desirable
  • A proactive, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic team player who can work independently and as part of a team
  • Social confidence, subtly assertive and positive attitude with experience of liaising with senior individuals in a variety of organisations. Able to create favourable working relationships easily
  • Previous experience of working with the NIHR would be advantageous
  • Previous experience of working in the life sciences sector is desirable

Additional requirements for this role

  • This role will require frequent travel within the UK

Key relationships

The post-holder will work closely with NOCRI team members and will also liaise frequently with relevant colleagues within the Department of Health, particularly the RDD Infrastructure and Growth teams. 

S/he will work closely with colleagues at the NIHR CCF particularly, the Infrastructure Team. As required, the post-holder will liaise with the UKCRF Network, ECMC Secretariat, the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre and the NIHR clinical research infrastructure.

To apply, please forward your CV to the NOCRI team: together with a covering letter indicating your suitability for the role.