Trial Manager

London (Greater) (GB)
15 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The School of Population Health Sciences, King’s College London (, is seeking to appoint a Trial Manager for an NIHR-funded national trial of using lay health workers to improve uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The post offers an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and well-motivated individual to work in a dynamic and supportive academic environment running a multi-centre NHS-based trial. The successful applicant will be responsible for the central coordination of the trial and its day to day management from set-up until the final preparation of reports. He or she will work in a multidisciplinary team with experts in lay health worker research, pulmonary rehabilitation, behaviour change technique training and delivery, qualitative and quantitative investigation, health economics, and with a patient co-applicant with COPD. There will be opportunities for personal professional development in trial management.

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Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage administration for the study, and active contribution to the research planning and development in partnership with Principal Investigators, trial management group and study team
  • Liaison with stakeholders, trial steering committee, participating centres, and ethical and governance committees
  • Management of the recruitment of trial centres and patient participants and supporting the delivery of the intervention
  • Co-ordinating data collection and data management, preparing reports to the funder and contributing to scientific papers resulting from the trial
  • Preparation and support of meetings, boards, and committees, including the coordination and distribution of briefing documents and background materials, drafting presentations or taking minutes, as required
  • Line-management of the trial administrator

Applicants should hold a first degree in life science, or numerate or psychology or social sciences and/or a health-related professional qualification, have experience of research project management or management of a clinical trial, and be familiar with GCP (good clinical practice), data protection and research governance.

KCL Reporting Line: Dr Patrick White, Reader in Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, King’s College, London

When applying please provide a supporting statement detailing why you are applying for this position and your relevant experience together with your CV including details of your current salary and the names and addresses of two referees.

We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 30th September 2024.

This post is 100% full time equivalent / 35 hours per week. There is a degree of flexibility in the hours worked.



Key responsibilities

  • Work closely with the chief Invesgitator to coordinate the IMPROVE trial - Improving life quality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by increasing uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation with lay health workers: a cluster randomised controlled trial
  • Act as the main point of communication for the trial for the research team, recruiting sites and all other stakeholders, the trial steering committee, participating centres, ethical and governance committees, NIHR Clinical Trial Networks and King’s Clinical Trials Unit
  • Manage the trial on a day-to-day basis from trial set-up to submission of final reports including the Trial Master File and ensuring that all study documents are correctly stored and maintained.
  • Support recruitment of trial centres and patient participants, ensuring they have the required documentation, appropriate approvals and understanding of the protocol/intervention.
  • Support the delivery of the intervention
  • Co-ordinate data collection and data management adhering to GDPR by monitoring data quality and assist with data cleaning, to achieve an accurate and complete dataset.
  • Prepare and submit amendments for ethics and regulatory approval, annual progress reports, contribute to reports to funders and manage communications with the Sponsor organisation. Ensure appropriate contractual arrangements are in place and documents held on file. Plan and monitor financial aspects of the trial, including forecasting major expenses and identifying underspend or overspend.
  • Line-manage the trial administrator.
  • Undertake on-going training and personal development that match your needs as agreed with the chief investigator.
  • Show a commitment to enhancing Equality and Diversity, and to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter.


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  1. Undergraduate degree in life science, or numerate or psychology or social sciences and/or health-related professional qualification
  2. Demonstrable project management or clinical trial management experience
  3. Knowledge of research governance and regulatory requirements and issues as they apply to research projects/ trials
  4. Excellent IT skills including working with databases.
  5. Excellent team worker
  6. Experience of effective supervision of staff
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly in the context of scientific writing, and telephone communication
  8. Ability to deliver information effectively through presentations
  9. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias
  10. Excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to solve problems and prioritise an unpredictable workload
  11. Excellent attention to detail and high standards of accuracy in all aspects of work
  12. Willing to travel within the UK to liaise with trial centres and stakeholders, and to disseminate the findings of the project


Desirable criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualification that includes research methods in a health-related subject
  2. Experience of financial planning and managing budgets
  3. Ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  4. Formal training in project or trial management
  5. Experience of handling large datasets

Further information

The selection process will include a panel interview and written task or presentation.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter.


The School of Population Health Science’s research comprises Analytics (broadly defined as the discovery and interpretation of meaningful patterns in quantitative and qualitative data), Investigation (broadly exploring analytical solutions to complex problems at the individual as well as population level) and Applied Research (broadly using analytics, including laboratory investigations, to identify needs and propose and evaluate new solutions to global societal health and social problems). This informs our approach and focus to developing and conducting research that addresses major questions, such as long-term conditions, multiple morbidity, and environmental impacts on population health.


This is an exciting time to join the Department and the School as we will soon merge with the existing School of Life Course Sciences. This will bring together very considerable clinical, scientific, and population/global health strengths. There are already many examples of joint working and collaboration between the two Schools, and it is envisaged that there will be significant opportunities to collaborate further and draw upon the critical mass of clinical, methodological, and applied researchers in the new, integrated School. The School will be one of the largest in the Faculty with strong links to the NIHR BRC and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and with King’s Health Partners Clinical Academic Groups and Institutes, with the enormous potential to further leverage these synergies.


This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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