Manager (NIHR CRNCC Specialty Cluster) at King’s College London

Location: Guy’s Campus

Contact details: Julie Solomon, julie.solomon@kcl.ac.uk

Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a highly motivated and collaborative team at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Coordinating Center (CC), in our office based at King’s College London. CRNCC provides the management and oversight function of the wider CRN on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and is a key and influential part of the wider NIHR, whose mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation. Although the role will be employed through KCL, the team does not support teaching activities or work with students.

The CRN is a complex, diverse and ambitious organization that coordinates and supports the delivery of high-quality research by both geography and specialty area, with national leadership and coordination provided by the CC. You should be able to work effectively in a dynamic and evolving organization and manage change. Five Cluster offices support the work of 31 specialties. This post is the Cluster Manager for Cluster C, comprising nine specialty areas (listed below), the ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes) network, the NIHR Imaging Group and other strategic projects.

The Cluster Manager manages the Cluster team, which is responsible for i) facilitating interactions between the National Specialty Leads (NSLs), National Specialty Groups (NSGs) and various external stakeholders, ii)

providing administrative support to the NSLs and NSGs and iii) representing the specialties at national and international conferences.

The Cluster Manager works across the team’s topic areas to develop, support and manage key programs, projects, systems and other activities to further the work of the specialties.

In addition to working with CRN colleagues, the role involves dealing proactively and positively with people at all levels within funding bodies, the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), the life sciences industry, clinical trials units, Royal Colleges, NIHR Infrastructure such as NOCRI, the offices of the UK Devolved Administrations, patient groups and relevant sectors of the public, and various specialty-specific professional bodies, for example the Intensive Care Society.

While the Cluster team is not responsible for the operational delivery of research, we work closely with CRNCC colleagues to support the successful delivery and development of research for our specialties, with a specific focus on specialist oversight.

All these activities will rely on your effective time-management and prioritization abilities, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and close attention to detail. Overall, you will be a team player who enjoys contributing to the big picture.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2024.

This is a full time post – 100% full time equivalent (35 hours per week).

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