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Senior Project Manager

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking to appoint a Senior Project Manager to the Lung Cancer clinical research delivery team within The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. This post-holder will be dedicated to delivery of large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma project management, based in Manchester, working closely with members of the British Thoracic Oncology Group special interest group from across the UK.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual, who is ableto demonstrate expertise and experience in project management involving clinical trials or project co-ordination, as well as a good understanding of clinical research, GCP and clinical governance.

We are looking for an individualwith excellent organisation and communication skills, who can work well both in a team and using their own initiative. The individual must demonstrate good leadership skills that will promote an environment of quality and learning.

The role is ideal for individuals wishing to work in close collaboration with clinical researchers to drive the operational management of the large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma research network, and the British Thoracic Oncology Group Special Interest Group, supporting the delivery and organisation of their charter and aims

Applicants should meet all the essential criteria described in the job description as a minimum, including holding a scientific or business-based degree, or have relevant experience in scientific and medical research.

Main duties of the job

The focus of this role is to provide support to sustain and improve an excellent research programme delivering to the priorities of the CRUK Lung Centre of Excellence.

Grant writing and ethical submission will form a key aspect as well as delivering projects to time and target and on budget.

We are looking for a motivated individual who will act as a key contact across a multi professional arena for a number of existing clinical trials within the Lung Cancer Research portfolio and proactively ensure the provision of a high quality and efficient administrative service.

The post holders will be expected to provide support to the senior clinical research staff and ensure compliance with Trust Policy, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and all other relevant requirements.

Opportunities will be available to lead service development projects / research within the team.

About us

The Lung Cancer Research Team vision is to build upon our reputation as a local and national leader in clinical trial delivery. Pursuing exemplary care and prioritising the safety and experience of our clinical research participants, carried out by a highly trained and passionate clinical research team.

We are a team that strives to develop our staff to the best of their potential and are keen for all members of our team to continue to learn and share knowledge.

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world; chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals; highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer; and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • Ensuring the management of the specific programmes of research and the production of deliverables, on time and within budget.
  • In collaboration with Christie clinical and research teams, define and develop the Specific programmes including a strategy/business case as applicable. This will involve complex analysis and comparison of a range of highly complex options.
  • Develop and manage the portfolio of translational research studies ensuring coordination and dissemination of results/good practice
  • Responsibility for the day to day project management, coordination and execution of the research projects and a delegated budget.
  • Act as the Trust contact with regard to specific programmebased major funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate the grant application processes, including internal/external collaborative meetings, peer review, quality control, approvals and preparation/submission of all relevant documentation. This will include education of colleagues in terms of navigation of complex grant schemes and technical applications.
  • Identifying potential funding opportunities for the Defined Cancer team clinical and research projects.
  • Liaise with Trust and University finance and research support departments and external funding bodies regarding the day to day administration and management of relevant research grants/funding.
  • Liaise with Trust and University departments and external customers regarding the co-ordination and drafting of relevant non-commercial agreements and contracts.
  • Liaise with Christie Research staff to co-ordinate regulatory, ethics and local R&D applications to ensure all approvals have been gained prior to research study start.
  • Plan, design and evaluate research protocols, patient information questionnaires, study pro-formas and specialist standard operating procedures for specific research studies as appropriate
  • Demonstrates the agreed set of values and accountable for own attitude and behaviour

  • Contribute to the smooth running of the Clinical Research Team by actively contributing to the development of systems to track clinical and research projects including grant funding opportunities, outcomes and awarding body feedback.
  • Contribute to training programmes for R&I and other clinical staff with topics that may include grant funding opportunities and funding processes.
  • Contribute to the development of the Clinical Research Team Cancer team systems and infrastructure, such as SOP development, business development activities and financial management. This will include developing an understanding and appreciation of national legislation and policies, interpreting these and decision making about local policy and guidance.
  • Assist with preparation for and presentation of reviews/inspections (e.g. MHRA, in-house audits etc).
  • Organise external collaborative and training meetings: invite speakers, book venue, liaise with organisers and attendees, advertise event and including presentations at the meeting to large groups of people.
  • Development and administration of project web sites, if required

  • Maintain professional development whilst evaluating own specialist knowledge through a process of appraisal and personal development planning to satisfy the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework requirements relating to the job.
  • Participate in Trust-wide education programmes and study days, regional and national meetings and research seminars as appropriate.
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of key research areas and build effective working relationships with research staff.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners.

  • Person Specification



    • oEducated to degree level in a scientific discipline and relevant experience in scientific and medical research
    • oRelevant technical or professional qualification


    • oPhD or similar experience in academic research
    • oECDL qualification or equivalent or clinical research qualification
    • oGood Clinical Practice qualification



    • oProject Management
    • oReport writing
    • oAnalysing, interpreting and presenting data clearly
    • oGrant writing and submissions
    • oEthics applications
    • oSignificant experience in co-ordinating and management of clinical trials


    • oPrevious experience of working in the NHS, preferably within a teaching hospital setting
    • oExperience of co-ordinating international clinical trials
    • oPatient Information Systems Audit Design



    • oExcellent communication skills, both written and verbally with, the ability to produce written reports and present findings including the ability to communicate complex information to large groups
    • oAble to work collaboratively and in teams
    • oGood organisational and time management skills
    • oAbility to plan, organise and manage multiple and complex activities/projects and deliver on time (including analysis and ability to compare a range of highly complex options)
    • oAdvanced use of MS Office programmes
    • oSkilled in time management and able to meet deadlines
    • oAble to understand the principles of research proposals covering a wide range of subject areas
    • oAbility to analyse complex situations and compare a range of options


    • oUse of bibliographic software (e.g. EndNote)
    • oFamiliarity with multi-site teleconference media



    • oKnowledge of research funding systems
    • oKnowledge of NHS R&D requirements
    • oUnderstanding of Data Protection Act and confidentiality


    • oKnowledge of good clinical practice (ICH GCP) and knowledge of R&D regulations and Research Governance
    • oUnderstanding of the financial issues governing clinical research in the UK
    • oUnderstanding of cancer and cancer research



    • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



    • oAbility to work to tight deadlines
    • oAbility to manage a delegated budget
    • oTactful and diplomatic
    • oFlexible
    • oConscientious and hardworking Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a multidisciplinary team


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