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NIHR (RRDN) Operations Director (XN11)

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Location
Leeds
Salary
£83,571 to £96,376 a year
Closing date
7 Aug 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8D
Hours
Full Time
The Regional Research Delivery Network Yorkshire and Humber (RRDN Y& H) will be one of 12 Regional Networks that will replace the existing Local Clinical Research Networks from 1 October 2024 and will support the effective and efficient initiation and delivery of funded research across the health and care system in England for the benefit of patients, the health and care system and the economy.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic leader to undertake a newly created senior role for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Research Delivery Network (RRDN).

Expected Shortlisting Date: 08 August 2024

Planned Interview Date: 15-16 August 2024

Main duties of the job

The RRDN Operations Director is the senior officer responsible for the operational services of the RRDN in Yorkshire & Humber. These services are delivered for the RRDN, partner organisations and research funders, with particular emphasis on addressing the needs of the life sciences industry. These services include Study Support, Agile Research Support, regional support for Active National Delivery Service, Financial Management and Business Operations. Alongside their regional responsibilities the RRDN Operations Director will co-develop and lead national programmes of work in collaboration with the RDN Coordinating Centre.

If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Amber OMalley RRDN Y& H Director Amber OMalley, Network Director, Yorkshire and Humber RRDN (amber.omalley@nihr.ac.uk).

About us

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

Employer's website

https://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The RRDN Operations Director is the senior officer responsible for the operational services of the RRDN. These services are delivered for the RRDN, partner organisations and research funders, with particular emphasis on addressing the needs of the life sciences industry (across both commercial contract and commercial collaborative research). These services include Study Support, Agile Research Support, regional support for Active National Delivery, Financial Management and Business Operations. The RRDN Operations Director line manages the Service/Team Leaders for the defined operational services.

The purpose of the RDN is to support the effective and efficient initiation and delivery of funded research across the health and care system in England for the benefit of patients, the health and care system and the economy. The RRDN Operations Director is responsible for ensuring research sites have an appropriate level of funding to support and deliver the core NHS service support activities, in line with agreed funding principles. They will establish and maintain proportionate and nationally consistent mechanisms to ensure partner organisations use RDN funding appropriately and effectively. They will also ensure that all necessary contracts or agreements required are in place before funds are provided and will develop mechanisms to be adopted by RDN partner organisations to recover costs from commercial research funders in a timely and effective way. The RRDN Operations Director is responsible for working in collaboration with regional R& D departments in order to support those departments in the delivery of their studies. The RRDN Operations Director will also implement any delivery priorities or initiatives as required by the RDN Coordinating Centre (RDNCC). This may be as part of wider strategic or political initiatives or as part of an urgent public health response. RRDN services will need to remain agile and responsive to such demands.

The RRDN Operations Director will support national and regional initiatives to help meet the research delivery needs of the life sciences industry, including providing a key account management function. The RRDN Operations Director will also work closely with the RRDN Strategic Development Director and ensure operational intelligence and expertise is used to strengthen the 3-year RRDN Strategic Implementation Plan.

Alongside their regional responsibilities the RRDN Operations Director will co-develop and lead national programmes of work in collaboration with the RDNCC.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters level qualification or equivalent
  • Management qualification


Experience

Essential

  • Comprehensive understanding of research, the NHS and the wider health and care system including associated responsibilities to the public and patients
  • Experience of working in the health and care research sector, the health and social care service sector or academic environment at a senior level
  • Comprehensive understanding of the UK research pathway and funding
  • Experience of managing health and care research support services including the allocation of both funding and human resources
  • Experience of developing and managing high quality customer centric services for commercial and non-commercial customers
  • Comprehensive understanding of life science industrys needs and requirements with regard to health and care research
  • Experience of contributing to the develop of national policy or strategies and translating those into regional plans
  • Professional research leadership, both strategic and operational at a senior level
  • Experience of working across complex organisational structures and effective matrix management
  • Significant experience of managing a large budget with solid knowledge of financial process requirements
  • Direct experience of business planning and robust financial management at appropriate scale
  • Knowledge of national systems, structures and processes for supporting clinical research in NHS and non-NHS settings
  • Experience of working collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations, with demonstrable experience of delivery across organisational boundaries
  • Evidence of managing effective collaborations and partnerships
  • Good understanding of performance management techniques


Desirable

  • Knowledge of utilising Business Intelligence solutions to work within a performance management framework
  • Political astuteness and understanding of the health & social care context
  • Comprehensive knowledge of programme sponsorship and management
  • Experience of leading continuous improvement


Skills & behaviours

Essential

  • Highly developed leadership, strategic thinking and planning skills with the ability to demonstrate these in highly political environments
  • Proven leadership skills in the management of change
  • Demonstrable ability to use autonomy to undertake actions as a result of own interpretation of policy and guidance, providing a source of expert advice to the organisation
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues
  • Proven interpersonal skills to work with clinical and management colleagues at all levels across a range of organisations and the ability to develop strong working relationships with senior stakeholde
  • Ability to deal with challenging situations in a formal setting
  • Strong external communications skills in a politically sensitive environment with knowledge of and experience in handling media relations
  • Ability to communicate highly complex, highly sensitive & highly contentious information where there are significant barriers to acceptance both orally and in writing, both internally and externally,
  • Extensive experience of delivering presentations to large groups of stakeholders in often pressured and politically sensitive environments to a high standard (Board level quality)
  • Ability to analyse and interpret highly complex information to make judgements regarding a range of highly complex management issues
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to grasp critical issues and distil them into clear arguments/cases and be able to articulate these verbally or in written form
  • Ability to plan, manage, adjust and deliver complex projects involving multiple agencies and individuals and a broad range of activities to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to understand the long term or widespread implications of decisions


Desirable

  • Willingness to challenge existing practice
  • Good IT skills, particularly in use of Web applications and MS Office applications
  • Ability to travel to different locations across the region and nationally to attend meetings and conferences, representing the RDN
  • Ability to use Google Suite products


Other Criteria

Essential

  • Highly motivated with the ability to lead and inspire others
  • Appreciation of the impact of organisational culture on service delivery
  • Lives by values which include openness, collaboration, responsiveness, inclusion, personal integrity and creating positive cultures where these values thrive
  • Commitment to supporting the development of staff and understanding of workforce planning
  • Flexible approach to working Attention to detail Outcomes focussed
  • Acts as a champion for patients and their interests, ensuring the patients voice has an impact on RDN activities
  • Commitment to and focused on quality, promotes high standards in all they do
  • Able to make a connection between their work and the benefit to patients and the public
  • Works well with others, is positive and helpful, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Consistently looks to improve what they do and seeks out innovation


Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

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