Research Programme Manager
Location: London or Chesterfield
Hours: full-time (35 hours per week) but open to part-time (minimum 28 hours per week)
Salary: £38,500 per annum + benefits – Chesterfield (pro-rata if applicable), £41,500 per annum + benefits – London (pro-rata if applicable)
Contract type: 12 months, fixed term
Closing date: by midnight Sunday 28 April
Download the job description and person specification from our website
Versus Arthritis funds more than 250 current research grants from basic discovery research through to clinical and applied health research. We do this via a breadth of funding instruments, including programmatic, institutional and personal awards. Our remit covers all conditions which affect the joints, bones and muscles including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.
Based within the Research Directorate, a team of Research Programme Managers (RPMs) manage the charity’s £150m portfolio of research. Being responsible for the effective delivery of the charity’s varied research funding schemes, management of the live research investment and communication of research outputs and achievements that are vital to Versus Arthritis’ continued success and growth.
About the role
As a Research Programme Manager you will maintain oversight and manage the charity’s research funding investment.
You will be responsible for scoping, design, review and implementation of funding schemes that evaluate research award proposals. As well as oversee a significant portfolio of ‘live’ research awards, which includes administering, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the performance of awards, ensuring outputs are of the highest quality and supports the charities activities.
You will have a visible presence within the research community acting as an important point of contact between researchers, committee members, peer reviewers, the wider research environment and the charity. You will be expected to keep abreast of research developments in order to use strategic scientific expertise and judgment in the development and implementation of research activities. As well as maintain excellent relationship between other funding agencies
Our ideal candidate will have:
- A science PHD, MD or similar qualification / equivalent level of experience in the field of scientific/clinical research via academia, the commercial sector, the health sector, policy or publishing
- Experience of peer review in grant/award management
- Experience of evaluating, delivering and promoting the communication of research outputs
- Experience of managing and contributing to research projects, particularly those co-funded with multiple partners
- Excellent communications skills and professional confidence
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects and time pressures
How to apply
To apply you MUST submit:
- a concise, up-to-date CV
- along with a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification
- Please include where you’ve seen this role advertised
Email your completed application by midnight Sunday 28 April via the link on our website.
First interviews expected: 8 May in Chesterfield
Second interviews expected: 16 May in Chesterfield
Arthritis causes pain, fatigue and isolation for 17.8 million people in the UK every single day. It can impact on the ability to work, our relationships and take away our independence. We don’t accept this.
We are Versus Arthritis. We are fundraisers, programme managers, volunteers, administrators, editors and accountants, all doing everything we can to push back against arthritis. We’re reaching out to everybody with the information and support they need, funding vital research and changing the way society sees arthritis. Together we’ll keep running, researching, inﬂuencing, volunteering, advising, chatting, baking, listening. We won’t stop until no-one has to tolerate living with the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis.
Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.
Read more about what we do, working for us and what we offer on our website.
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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156