Programme Manager (UKRPIF / NIHR)
Kings College London (KCL) has a vacancy for a Programme Manager to oversee the delivery of two major awards that will support and enhance the research and clinical activities in the new Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People (PMC) on the IoPPN Denmark Hill Campus and within the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a transformational collaboration between KCL and the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) to create a state-of-the-art hub for mental health research focused on children, adolescents, young adults and their families to support the existing NIHR BRC infrastructure.
KCL and SLAM have funded a ~£70m project to build and equip the PMC, and this building will become the home of the King’s Maudsley Partnership (KMP). The Partnership’s vision is to transform the understanding and treatment of young people’s mental health by bringing together world-leading clinicians and researchers. King’s Fundraising team and the Maudsley Charity continue to raise funds for reinvestment into the Partnership’s operation and services.
To support the clinical / academic partnership, two successful bids for additional funding have been made to fund academic and clinical work in CYP mental health. These two grants will be used to provide high specification and specialist equipment, as well as to improve collaboration spaces.
The Programme Manager will be responsible for managing the delivery of the UKRPIF and NIHR awards, working closely with colleagues in KCL and SLaM that are leading or supporting the various workstreams associated with the two awards, and the wider community of staff involved in PMC and KMP. The post holder will have a proven track record in project or programme management, ideally in a research or clinical environment. They will be a well-organised and solutions-focussed self-starter, able to engage with and influence stakeholders at all levels.
This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed-term contract for 18 months. For internal candidates, this may be offered on a secondment basis.
- Establish the overall programme plan, deliverables and timeline to manage and coordinate the UKRPIF and NIHR awards in accordance with strict funder spend periods and deadlines.
- Support the workstream leads, their teams and other stakeholders to manage the activities in a cost-effective and timely manner.
- Identify risks, issues and interdependencies between workstreams and ensure robust solutions are in place to resolve and/or mitigate these.
- Develop reporting processes for all workstreams to update Research Infrastructure Board (RIB) and the broader KMP governance.
- Manage reporting to the funding bodies, including liaison with KCL and SLAM finance departments to ensure correct financial reporting.
- Produce and present regular reports to senior management; and support and maintain a relevant asset register for ownership and upkeep responsibilities
- Liaise closely with the Pears Maudsley Centre - Clinical Research Facility (CRF) manager to understand implications of CRF plans for other workstreams as they develop across the programme
- Establish and overarching programme board to oversee the programme of works, including servicing, coordinating, and compiling reports for the board.
- Establishing workstreams and user groups as necessary.
- Get involved with or oversee other IoPPN based projects as necessary
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
1. Minimum level 6 qualification in a relevant subject, (viz. undergraduate / postgraduate degree), and substantial work experience in project/ programme management OR extensive work experience in project/programme management with broader management experience and/or qualifications.
2. A formal Project Management qualification (e.g. PRINCE 2; MSP; AGILE)
3. A solutions-focused self-starter, able to manage people, projects, and facilities, setting clear performance standards and expectations.
4. Proven track record and previous employment history of programme delivery
5. Advanced planning and organisational skills with the resilience to work under pressure, manage priorities and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
6. Able to think strategically, analyse complex issues, delegate and make decisions.
7. Excellent spoken and written communication skills, with strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills.
8. Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
9. Able to produce and present complex data clearly and concisely to a wide range of stakeholders.
10. A commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, to facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos working across the KMP.
11. Experience of managing programmes which have a component of procurement, and an understanding of approaches around procuring equipment
1. Experience of project or programme management in a research or clinical environment.
2. Previous history of financial / budgetary management of research grant funding (with an understanding of necessary reporting requirements)
3. Evidence of an active commitment to professional development and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs