Senior Project Manager

London (Greater) (GB)
£58,949 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and expanding team in the new National Institute for MND Research, with a bold strategy to make a difference to patients’ lives by transforming translational research into motor neuron disease (MND) in the UK. 


The United To End MND collaborative partnership recently launched an ambitious strategy to accelerate the search for a cure for MND by targeted co-funding from government, charities and industry. The first phase is a £4.25 million programme of work involving 6 universities across the UK, which will be expanded over the next 5 years to include other universities, hospitals, hospices and other research partners, aiming to leverage £50 million of targeted government funding for MND research. This position will have a significant role in delivering on that ambition. 


This role sits within the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at King’s College London but will have responsibility for the provision of advice, coordination, reports and budgeting for the universities and other stakeholders in the United To End MND collaborative partnership, including the universities, Dementia Research Institute, Motor Neurone Disease Association, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, MND Scotland, Medical Research Council, NIHR, LifeArc and people living with MND. The post-holder will be responsible to the partnership Executive, Profs Ammar Al-Chalabi and Christopher McDermott.  


About us: 

The aim of the National Institute for MND Research is to accelerate the search for a cure for this life-limiting illness by harnessing the power of everyone involved: the people living with MND, clinicians, scientists, charities, industry and government, all working together to make the vision a reality.  


This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract to the 31/01/2025 

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent

  Key responsibilities

• Coordination of regular meetings between key stakeholders in the National Institute for MND Research, including a large in-person annual meeting  

• Coordination with local NIMR project managers based at other sites to provide direction and support/leadership 

• Ensuring milestones are monitored, and obstacles are recognised and flagged to the team to allow appropriate actions in response 

• Regular reporting to the executive and to funders of achievements against milestones and key performance indicators 

• Assisting scientists with submitting funding applications as well as critically reviewing grant applications and final reports 

• Contribute to the management of projects, including Investigation and technologies under development 

• Is delegated to, able to work independently while also seeking clarification, support and input as needed 

• Identifies possible solutions and looks for opportunities to progress 

• Able to communicate effectively in written work getting the tone right and flexing their style for different types of writing 

• Uses and works to KPI’s and targets. Deadline driven but considers how things can be improved in the future 


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

A bit about you: 

• Qualified to degree level in a scientific discipline with a PhD or equivalent experience in academia or industry 

• Have project management experience including the ability to manage and progress multiple projects efficiently 

• Be able to work independently and proactively but also as part of teams where there may be multiple expectations and drivers 

• Have an understanding of the therapeutic development process and of the academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry marketplace 

• Be able to communicate verbally and in writing efficiently and credibly with a range of stakeholders, including scientists, clinicians, industry 

• Be able to communicate politely and effectively, verbally and in writing, with colleagues at high levels of seniority, including difficult conversations when needed.  


Essential criteria  

1.      BSc or equivalent 

2.      PhD or equivalent experience 

3.      Evidence of ability to manage and progress multiple projects successfully 

4.      Evidence of knowledge of the therapeutic development process 

5.      Evidence of excellent communication skills at multiple levels in various formats 

6.      Able to work independently but within a team 

7.      Understanding and application of appropriate project management tools 

8.      Good analytical ability, encompassing critical thinking, evaluation, decision making and problem-solving skills, including being able to identify strategic objectives and their implications and make adaptations to ensure project delivery and impact 

9.      Experience of working directly and achieving results with a wide range of stakeholders 

10.    Understanding and application of appropriate project management tools 

11.    Experience of analysing and summarising research outputs and impacts 

12.    Experience of organising meetings, workshops or events. 


Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of working across disciplines eg academia and industry 
  2. Experience of working in a dynamic team based at different geographical locations 

Further information

The interview will include a 5-minute presentation on your previous project management experience


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