Strategic Research Programme Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Strategic Research Programme Manager
Post Number
1003949
Closing Date
2 Nov 2020
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£40,785 - £49,750  Salary will be pro-rata, based on a full time 37 hour week
Hours per week
18
Expected/Ideal Start Date
30 Nov 2020
Months Duration
28
Flexible Options
Part Time

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The main purpose of this role is to project manage and enable the development of strategic research programme grants within the Earlham Institute (EI).

Key Relationships

INTERNAL: Reporting to the Head of the Research Faculty Office. This role will also work closely with groups across the Institute, in particular the strategic programme leads, research faculty leaders, post-docs, the genomics pipeline project managers, executive assistants, and the shared support service teams such as Contracts and Finance.
EXTERNAL: UK and international scientists, principal investigators and funding bodies.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Lead and manage EI research programmes, this will include:
• Preparing, co-ordinating and leading the submissions of scientific business cases/grants: collating material, providing text, critical proof reading of documents and papers.
• Responsibility for time management of projects, drafting and/or implementing project plans.
• Create, maintain and manage central records during the lifetime of the project: tracking the progress of objectives and milestone delivery, budgets, invoices, and a lessons log.
• Supporting task leaders in the coordination of the delivery of objectives.
• Establishing effective project meetings.
• Coordinating the drafting and final submission of annual/interim/final grant reports.
• Contributing to presentations and press releases by drafting and critical reviewing of text.
50
Strategically manage the development of new Institute level research programmes:
• Drive the development of ideas into actionable elements such as draft grant objectives, synergistic funding opportunites, identifying and contacting partner researchers or organisations.
• Work to identify common themes and needs across developing programmes.
• Maintain records of these discussions and ensure good communication.
30
Support the Head of the Research and Faculty Office and Director of Science by drafting reports and briefing notes for the Executive team, Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees.
10
Liaising between with the Research Faculty (work package leaders and post docs.) and Operations Division: Director of Operations, Genomics Pipeline, Communications, Business Development..
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
Essential
PRINCE II Project Management foundation or equivalent
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Working knowledge of project management productivity tools and principles
Essential
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain effective performance when under pressure; meeting the needs of end-users in a timely way
Essential
Excellent organisational skills
Essential
Competence in the use and application of IT systems and computer packages
Essential
Skilled in analysing qualitative and quantitative data
Desirable
Good knowledge of molecular biology and computational methods for sequence analysis and interpretation
Desirable
Good critical thinking to facilitate problem resolution
Desirable
Proficiency in project management productivity tools, able to develop and implement effective processes
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Substantial experience of project management
Essential
Experienced in the management of large-scale projects
Essential
Working in a research area relevant to the Institute
Essential
Track record in scientific writing
Essential
Taking minutes of scientific discussions
Essential
Writing progress reports
Essential
Financial management
Essential
Science-related event planning and execution
Desirable
Interpreting strategic discussions, preparing an actionable written record of key discussion points
Desirable
Track record of contributing to the acquisition of diverse research funding (UK, EU and International)
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Good negotiation skills, able to deal with difficult situations and negotiate agreed solutions
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Demonstrates a commitment to high personal and professional standards. Assumes responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of projects, assignments or tasks
Desirable
Able to act as an ambassador for the Research Faculty/Institute and build key relationships locally on the park and externally
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement of the Institute
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Ability to undertake occasional travel related to collaborations and/or seminars
Desirable

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

Department

Directorate Office

Group Details

The team are responsible for the complete life-cycle of all the Institute research grants, in particular large or consortium grants. We raise and maintain the quality of the grant submissions through internal review and horizon scan for funding opportunities.
We also support the development and implementation of EI's science strategy. We oversee the recruitment of faculty and support career development, including our studentships and fellowship programmes.

Management and Leadership

Requirement
Importance
Demonstration of matrix management skills applied across an organisation or project
Desirable

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Applications are invited for a Strategic Research Programme Manager to join the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.

The role:

This is a diverse, vital role and an excellent opportunity for someone seeking to move to project management in this exciting area of research.

This dynamic role will involve providing high quality project management for activities in the Research Faculty Office in all aspects of implementing the Institute research strategy, taking responsibility for spearheading new activities. The post-holder’s initial key responsibility will be effective project management of the multi-million pound core strategic research grant.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant scientific field and a good track record of scientific writing. Candidates should have excellent experience of managing complex research programmes/projects and a working knowledge of project management productivity tools. Financial management experience, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to draft scientific documents are essential. Candidates should be resilient, adaptable, organised and able to work well as part of a team.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £40,785 to £49,750 per year, pro rata, depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a part-time role of 18 hours per week for a period of 28 months.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.