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Programme Lead

London EC1Y/Hybrid
£45k - £48k per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

Programme Lead: 1 year Fixed Term (Maternity Cover)
Salary £45k - £48k per annum
Hybrid - London/Home

About the organisation

Our client is the first major charity funding mental health research. By connecting scientists with supporters, together they strive to understand mental health, improve treatments and prevent mental illness.

They champion and fund world-class research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness.  By connecting scientists with supporters, together they strive to understand mental health, improve treatments and prevent mental illness. Having recently launched a new 5-year strategy, they are at a critical point in its development.

About the role:

This role will oversee a portfolio of work and increasing its strength:

This includes two key areas:

1. PUMA – A new Wellcome funded programme to develop multi-site trials platform for psychosis in partnership with University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and UCL
2. Transdisciplinary Grant Programme - A Wellcome funded small grants programme supporting research from outside of mental health to create novel research for the field

You will have an innovative and agile approach to project management and have an impact-focused approach to programmes. A knowledge and passion of mental health research, ability to network effectively in the Mental Health Research sector are a must.

It's a fixed-term contract, however, based on the growth of the charity, they may have additional permanent vacancies in the future.

What you’ll be responsible for:

  • Support new research initiatives working in collaboration with consortium partners to ensure high quality execution and disseminated learning
  • The Programme lead is responsible for taking forward any new programme proposal following due process and in accordance with their strategy.
  • Planning and designing the programme and proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Find, build and and maintain relationships with new and existing external professional bodies, advisers and consultants
  • Provide leadership for research portfolio and staff
  • Develop guidance for applicants, application forms and review forms, and upload these to their grants-management software to create a seamless process for applicants and reviewers.
  • Identify and communicate with expert reviewers to ensure peer review is delivered to best practice standards.

The post holder will also

  • Contribute to achieving the overall objectives of the charity and participate in the development of its new organisational strategy.
  • Provide other support to the Research team and charity as required

What they’re looking for:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Leadership or management roles in projects that cross multiple stakeholder groups and or sectors
  • A proven track record of leading or managing complex research projects
  • Proven track record of experience in leadership or management roles involving patients and the public (also known as lived experience experts) in research and or in design of health services
  • Experience of communicating scientific concepts to a range of audiences
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area, e.g. health sciences, psychology, policy, development
  • Willingness to work additional hours according to specific organisational demands
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent presentation skills - comes across with gravitas
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience managing grants is desirable (but not essential)
  • Track record of effective grants management, ideally end-to-end and managing grant rounds (Desirable)


  • Wellbeing Allowance
  • Pension Scheme
  • Strengths Finder Assessment & Coaching
  • Training & Development
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Application deadline 03/12/2023

Registration of Interest: 

Please click 'Apply' and follow the job board process. You will receive an email from CHM Recruit containing further information on how to apply for the role. Please note that although you may be asked by the job board to upload a CV, you are not applying at this stage

This charity is committed to providing equal opportunities for all.

No agencies please.

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