Programme Manager

Job summary

The Programme Manager will coordinate scientific activities, oversee financial aspects and reporting for projects aligning with the Regenerative Medicine priority area of Acellular / Smart Materials and 3D architecture and the development of next generation scaffolds and bio-matrices to support regenerative therapies, and for projects ongoing in Professor Molly Stevens’ group. The post holder is expected to take an overview of the Stevens...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01171
  • Date posted 16 January 2020
  • Closing date 18 February 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Programme Manager will coordinate scientific activities, oversee financial aspects and reporting for projects aligning with the Regenerative Medicine priority area of Acellular / Smart Materials and 3D architecture and the development of next generation scaffolds and bio-matrices to support regenerative therapies, and for projects ongoing in Professor Molly Stevens’ group. The post holder is expected to take an overview of the Stevens Group research portfolio (currently multiple projects across multiple funders) and suggest and implement plans to manage resources as effectively as possible. The post will also act as a point of contact between the Stevens Group and its stakeholders such as College, Faculty and Department academic leadership and administrative teams, funders and research collaborators.

Duties and responsibilities

Management of MRC Acellular UK Regenerative Medicine Platform 2 Hub (80%)

  • The Project Manager has a central role within the Regenerative Medicine priority area of Acellular / Smart Materials and 3D architecture for the development of next generation scaffolds and bio-matrices to support regenerative therapies, and for projects ongoing in Prof Molly Stevens’ group.
  • The Project Manager will be responsible for working closely with Professor Molly Stevens and her group.
  • Assist Professor Stevens in identifying short, medium and long term strategic objectives and priorities in relation to the Hub.
  • Lead and maintain clear and accurate communications of project plans, to inform lead project partners of progress against stated objectives.
  • Lead the development of strategic engagement/partnering objectives and support their implementation.
  • Lead and organise meetings and coordinate logistical planning for collaborative discussions.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
  • Provide regular appropriate financial and other reporting information to Professor Stevens, research councils and the Department.
  • Liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • Lead the review, development and delivery of MRC operations.
  • In collaboration with the Departmental Research Finance Manager, Faculty of Engineering Contracts Team and Research Services, manage the negotiation of all contracts between MRC and partner universities and other parties.
  • Write progress reports and prepare results for annual report publication, press /
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary

    Stevens Group Portfolio Management (20%)
  • To take responsibility for assigning resources (both staff and non-staff) and effective decision making in support of resource allocation across the Stevens portfolio.
  • Liaise with the contracts, pre- and post-awards teams and have an understanding of the required processes for resource allocation and funder requirements
  • Work closely with all stakeholders e.g. lead and Partner Universities, Developmental agencies, funding bodies, commercial partners and Imperial Administration and Management teams to ensure the Stevens group is well represented and timely and effective decisions are made.
  • Monitor financial spending in ongoing projects and report to line manager and funding bodies.
  • Ensure the Stevens group administrative and support structures are effective, suggest and implement improvements where required.
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community.
  • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Departments and the College.
  • Support the strategic objectives of the Stevens group.
  • Lead the development of strategic engagement/partnering objectives and support their implementation.
  • Assist Professor Stevens in identifying short, medium- and long-term strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Work with Professor Stevens to maximise external funding and other income generating opportunities, including support for developing proposals.
  • web releases, presentations.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD in materials, regenerative medicine, cell biology, bioengineering, chemistry or biology, biomedical engineering, or similar.
  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a masters (or equivalent) in engineering, bioengineering or chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, or materials science or similar.
  • Previous experience in the higher education sector in a similar or related position(s) or substantial relevant experience in another sector, in either case demonstrating development through involvement in a series of progressively demanding work roles.
  • Proven leadership skills, including the ability to develop operational plans and coordinate their execution; and experience of introducing new organisational methods, processes and procedures.
  • Extensive experience in developing and managing financial and other resources
  • including preparing, managing and monitoring budgets and the preparation and
  • analysis of management reports to inform financial and strategic decision-making
  • Proven management experience, with the ability to motivate and develop members of their team.
  • Experienced at contributing at a senior level within organisations.
  • Experienced at negotiating with staff and external agencies and achieving successful conclusions.
  • Experience in communicating with multiple parties in a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Experience in working in a highly organised manner.
  • Experience in presenting key issues to senior managers and academic staff.
  • Background in biotech industry/commercial product development.
  • Knowledge of post-award management and contractual requirements for consortia projects.
  • Knowledge of reporting routes and tools.
  • Knowledge of funding bodies (e.g. Research Councils) funding terms and conditions.
  • Highly confident and articulate with outstanding communication and persuasive skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply new concepts.
  • A creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to prioritise and multi-task
  • Ability to produce clear, concise and accurate written materials
  • A strategic mind-set to assess and prioritise research funding opportunities

Further information

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, m.stevens@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

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