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Project Manager

London (Greater) (GB)
£51,974 - £59,395 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

Job Details

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.
Department: Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Contact details: Joanna Przysowa.
Location: Denmark Hill Campus.
Category: Professional & Support Services.

Job description

The Project Manager for the Gene Therapy Vector Facility (GTVF) group at King's College of London (comprising of the facilities, at Guys and St Thomas, Kings College London and Kings College Hospital), is a new role which will have responsibility for leading internal and external projects.  The GTVF group is part of Core Research Platforms within the university’s Research Management & Innovation Directorate (RMID) the post holder will work closely with colleagues in this section and also with other professional services directorates as necessary.

This role will report to the Head of Projects and will be working closely with GTVF Management Team, i.e. Operations Director, Head of Production, Head of Quality, Head of Process Development and Head of Business Development. 

​The Project Manager will lead on assigned projects which can be a mix of client projects or internal projects, working closely with colleagues from across the GTVF group, leading a matrix multi-disciplinary team with direction from the Head of Project Management in management practice and working closely with the Heads of Business Development, Production, Quality and Process Development to ensure projects are delivered successfully. 

​The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the project management plan for assigned projects with input from the matrix team assigned to that project, which incorporates the deliverables required by the client as agreed in the contract. They will be responsible for monitoring the plan, and tracking of deliverables, coordinating regular project updates to clients and stakeholders, chairing meetings with clients and documenting minutes and actions. 

The job holder must possess a proven work experience or professional knowledge in the field of manufacturing and/or testing of biological products to comprehend and communicate highly complicated information clearly and precisely, helping our customers and stakeholders to understand the whole context of the project and to take both collaborative and independent project decisions of a high impact.

This is an unique and impactful role in which the successful candidate will be a key member in delivering innovative advanced therapies for clients and collaborators and contributing to the success of the Advanced Therapies cluster.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

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

Key responsibilities

Communication and Networking

  • Regularly communicate information in a clear and precise way. 
  • Receive, comprehend and disseminate in variety of methods information of a very complicated or abstract nature which typically would not be clear to those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
  • Build strong working relationships with members of the GTVF functional groups, supporting Project Team and Head of Business Development as necessary, to ensure an effective communication and collaboration within the facility.
  • Manage a varied portfolio of academic and industrial clients, by developing a deep knowledge of the clients’ projects and requirements and establishing an efficient communication platform.
  • Negotiate with Team Leaders, Senior Management and stakeholders to ensure objectives are met.
  • Develop relationships across the sector, and represent the University externally as required.


  • Monitor the progress of each project against the plan.  Report to the leadership team where concerns that affect project delivery are occurring.
  • Coordinate and prepare periodic reports to support clients who have grant funded projects to highlight progress against plan and risks.
  • Maintain a project risk log for all projects with appropriate mitigation plans.

Decision Making, Planning & Problem Solving 

  • Create detailed integrated project plans and implement project governance to successfully manage projects and programmes. 
  • Ensure project team contribute to and have the detail to make key decisions enabling projects to be agile and successfully delivered.
  • Lead discussions with project teams to solve problems, ensuring solutions are considered and actions agreed upon.


  • Lead the forming of high performing project teams. 
  • Support team leaders and team members in the analysis of the plan, ensuring preparation activities are being considered and devising strategies to deliver the project.
  • Build and lead a network of both internal and external relationships to deliver an outcome, positively influencing business relations with the new and returning customers
  • Identifying challenges and resolving misalignment within the project team.

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. BSc or MSc in a relevant science or engineering discipline
  2. Experience in working within a GMP environment, preferably in cell and gene therapy or biopharmaceutical industry in functions as such as process development, analytical development, QC or manufacturing
  3. Familiarity with regulatory guidance governing cell-based and biopharmaceutical development
  4. Experience in communicating highly technical information clearly and precisely, leading technical discussions and assess the information to resolve the problems, and progress with the project
  5. Experience in working in a matrix organisation structure, to direct multi-disciplinary team members accountable to deliver the project
  6. Experience in leading internal and external project team meetings to ensure that all stakeholders and the customer are well informed and working in accordance with the agreed project plan.
  7. Ability to act as a single point of contact for operational aspects of the project
  8. Ability to manage multiple priorities
  9. Strong level of work organization, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement and flexibility in approach and attitude
  10. Ability to work independently and build professional networks
  11. Comfortable representing the institution externally

Desirable criteria

  1. PMP or Prince2 desirable. Training/ continual development can be provided to successful candidate.
  2. ​Good understanding of viral vector and cell biology 
  3. Experience in use of MS Project.
  4. Experience in managing projects, leading projects following a framework including project definition, project initiation, planning, execution and control (cost, time, quality and risk)
  5. Working knowledge of identifying risks and communicating these to ensure risk mitigation plans are in place


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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