Senior Scientific Project Manager

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Project Manager to join the Haematology Research Team. We are looking for an aspiring, self-motivated individual who can demonstrate scientific knowledge and the use of recognised project management principles and tools on a wide range of projects. The team is a group of staff from a number of disciplines and backgrounds who pride themselves on being compassionate, friendly, approachable, patient focussed and committed to research. The role will require working closely with the team to lead the delivery of several key projects within the research portfolio.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience and a track record of delivering change, demonstrate effective leadership and have excellent stakeholder management skills ideally within a health or academic setting.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience and a track record of delivering change, demonstrate effective leadership and have excellent stakeholder management skills ideally within a health or academic setting.

Main duties of the job

The demands and scale of the projects you will work on will vary but we will look to you to utilise the following for continued development and implementation of our portfolio of projects: experience of delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects experience of bid data projects skills to manage competing demands ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities response to short deadlines effective communication to all stakeholders, flexibility to take on all tasks within a project and your ability to quickly build strong working relationships.

You will work across health and academic settings working closely with Consultant Haematologists who are recognised nationally and internationally in their field. You will have responsibility for driving the portfolio of projects forward, ensuring delivery of programmes within agreed timescales and budgets and may be asked to advise, support and provide training to other members of the team and new research fellows or PhD students. Excellent communication, personal influence and client engagement skills are essential to this role whilst working with key internal and external partners.

About us

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, situated in South Manchester, is the largest cancer treatment centre of its kind in Europe and an international leader in cancer research and development.

As a key member of the Haematology Research Team, you join a dynamic and supportive team at the forefront of haematology research and centred around patient treatment and care. You will be equally happy leading your own project as you will be working collaboratively and being a good team player who demonstrates The Christie values. This role is pivotal in supporting the aspirations of the team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and document management Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders to fully deliver on expected research impacts (scientific, clinical and societal) and to contribute to the longevity of the research portfolio.

Serve as a main point of contact on assigned projects for research teams and study investigators, external funding bodies, pharmaceutical companies and national networks. Advise key academic members of the group with regard to grant applications, protocol and patient information sheet development and the national and R& D governance associated with these. Advise and negotiate on clinical trial agreements (including financial and Intellectual property arrangements), material transfer agreements and data sharing agreements as required. Collate, analyse and interpret complex information for creation and presentation of project plans. Ongoing assessment and identification of issues to ensure that they are delivered to performance targets, including the preparation of activity and management reports.

Oversee production of abstracts and posters for local, national and international conferences. Coordinate the process from submission to publication including proof-reading and editing of manuscripts before submission. Prepare and submit interim and annual reports for R& D, ethic committees, funding bodies, CSGs etc. as required. Maintain strong relationships with colleagues in key partner organisations/ departments (the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, the Oglesby Cancer Research Building (OCRB), the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), the University of Manchester (School of Medical Sciences), Present complex research information to project teams, the Haematology research team and wider collaborators Assist clinical colleagues in supporting medical students and haematology trainees in research related projects.Knowledge, training and experience Be able to demonstrate an in depth experience and knowledge of Haematology, translational research and precision medicine. Hold a significant position within research, preferably within a Higher Education/NHS research environment. Demonstrable experience of scientific writing. Understanding of Information Governance in the NHS and University environments.

Significant and demonstrable experience in pre- and post-award research grant and contract management, with a superior understanding of research funding mechanisms including knowledge of Trust and University costing and finance systems including Full Economic Costing.

Experience of coordinating and submission of relevant grant funding applications, submission of regulatory, ethics and R& D applications for research projects and clinical trial management and reporting. Demonstrable ability to analyse complex information from a wide variety of sources which may be conflictingPlanning and organisational skills Responsible for ensuring that researchers have all the information that they need to develop their projects and that researchers have an understanding of the processes that need to be followed and the timelines involved. The postholder will propose changes to policies within their work area and would be involved in the review and implementation. Manage the delivery of key projects and associated work streams, monitoring key performance indicators and working autonomously to ensure delivery within agreed project deliverables. Arrange and lead project meetings as appropriate. Preparing agendas, taking minutes and distributing, following up any action points. There will be a need to be flexibility around researchers availability with the ability to adjust plans as required to ensure all targets are met. The post holder is expected to use initiative and be able to work independently without close supervision. They are also expected to plan and organise their own time and workload activity with prioritisation, referring to senior managers as necessary.Personal and people development Maintain professional development whilst evaluating own specialist knowledge with assistance from the assigned line manager, to satisfy the NHS knowledge and skills framework. Demonstrates the agreed set of values and accountable for own attitude and behaviour Follow all relevant policies and procedures in particular in relation to the Data Protection Act, and any regulatory practice. Provide project line management as required in liaison with colleagues from The Christie. Ensure that the correct processes are in place for staff and system administrators to escalate issues which affect project delivery. Provide training on research management and engagement to staff and stakeholders at all levels, including clinicians and management. Support the project team to cover absence and allocation of workload in order to provide a consistently high level of service and keep to project deadlines. Co-supervise PhD students by providing mentoring on fundamental research methods and to signpost to appropriate processes and personnel where necessary. Link in with project management support networks such as Cancer Research Project Manager network or Research Project Manager Network. Participate in Trust-wide/ University education programmes and study days, regional and national meetings and research seminars as appropriate.Physical, mental and emotional effort Long periods of time spent using keyboard to input information and use of VDU for electronic communication. Prolonged concentration maybe required (e.g. when proofreading or checking through trial documentation). Occasional exposure to distressed circumstances as trial patients are commonly suffering from terminal illnesses.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification or similar experience in scientific and medical research.


  • PhD
  • Project management qualification



  • Teaching/ mentoring in a research environment
  • Significant experience of project, scientific and business management in a research environment
  • Experience of report writing and preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Big data management
  • Grant writing and submissions
  • Experience working with funding bodies an understanding of funding mechanisms and managing a delegated budget


  • Previous experience of working with NHS Trusts and/or University research environments



  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbally with, the ability to communicate complex information at all levels.
  • Ability to absorb, understand and evaluate a wide range of complex information, some of which may be conflicting
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Setting and achieving project goals for time and budget
  • Analytical skills to review, interpret and advise on project options including the ability to adapt to changing or conflicting situations
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to set and work to strict deadlines
  • Advanced use of MS Office IT packages.


  • Use of bibliographic software (e.g. EndNote)
  • Familiarity with multi-site teleconference media
  • Graph pad prism, statistical packages and working with Big Data



  • Understanding of haematological malignancies and related research
  • Understanding of Data Protection Act and confidentiality
  • Understanding of clinical and academic research requirements - Good clinical practice (ICH GCP) and R& D regulations and Research Governance



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



  • Ability to work to tight and unexpected deadlines
  • Proven collaborative and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to recognise and adapt to changing situations
  • Conscientious and hardworking
  • Able to work autonomously and part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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