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EPSRC CDT DRIVE-Health Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 to £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
20 May 2024

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This is an exciting time to join the EPSRC CDT DRIVE-Health Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Driven Health

The DRIVE-Health CDT Manager will work closely with the CDT Directors and the CDT Management team as well as the Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) at King’s and will be responsible for managing all aspects of administration whilst contributing to the strategy and operational development of the Centre.

The CDT will fund over 85 PhD students over a period of 9 years and the post holder is expected to set up and manage all processes involved with the student lifecycle: from application and selection of PhD students to completion, including managing the financial aspect of the CDT Grant and studentships and supporting the CDT training programme.

The CDT Manager will work closely with Post awards team to manage the CDT’s finances and provide timely financial projections and reports on the status of the grant to the CDT Management Board. The postholder will also manage the funding provided by King’s and external industry partners.

The CDT manager will provide high-level support to the CDT’s Management team, including: managing the annual cycle of work, providing information and advice, drafting reports, collating and analysing information and statistics and contributing to reports required by the funder, and internally by King’s. The CDT Manager will act as the key contact for all parties involved in the CDT and oversee the delivery of various initiatives, as outlined in the awarded EPSRC CDT proposal, for example public engagement events, widening participation Vacation Internships scheme, impact, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and other activities.

The CDT Manager will also act as first point of contact for CDT students and will be the first point of contact for the CDT Management Team, and central King’s Services, such as Admissions, Registry Services and CDS, external partners, prospective students and external queries.

Key functions of this role are as follows:

  • To support the CDT Directors and the Management Team in delivering all Objectives of the CDT
  • To provide professional services management and coordination for the CDT and to implement the CDT management & administration hub, and governing committee structure, with proactive support for the CDT’s focus on equality, diversity & inclusion.
  • To provide high-quality support to the CDT Directors on all matters related to CDT delivery, effectively managing annual budgeting and reconciliation procedures to enable all CDT operations.
  • To oversee the CDT’s communications strategy and regular reporting to EPSRC, the CDT Management team and Advisory Board;
  • To be the first point of contact for all parties involved in the CDT and other stakeholders across the partnership.

Line managed jointly by the CDT Directors and the Associate Director (Doctoral Partnerships), the CDT Manager is a member of Doctoral Training Entities (DTE) Network in King’s, sharing best practice and collaborating with other DTE Managers to enhance the experience of PhD students in the DRIVE-Health CDT and at King’s.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years with provision of renewal pertinent of performance.

The post can be offered a full-time or part-time job share basis.

  Key responsibilities

  • To provide high-quality support to the CDT Directors and CDT Management team, including preparation of reports, CDT data collation and analysis, advising on regulations (UKRI/EPSRC and King’s) as appropriate.
  • To manage the coordination of the EPSRC DRIVE-Health CDT research training, cohort development programme and other activities across the institutions, working closely with the CDT’s Director and Deputy Directors, the King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies and relevant Faculty’s committees.
  • To create, implement and maintain administrative procedures within the CDT, reviewing & modifying them as necessary; provide consistent programme management and support whilst adhering to university and UKRI regulations.
  • To be responsible for and hold oversight of UKRI/EPSRC policies, requirements and reporting.
  • To ensure effective communication and champion the EPSRC DRIVE-Health CDT across the partnership as a whole as well as within relevant King’s Faculties, to ensure maximum awareness of the CDT with relevant academics and departments.
  • With expert support from the Post -award Studentships team, to plan and manage the CDT’s budgets, including analysing and preparing financial and written reports as required for funding bodies, senior management and external stakeholders, making recommendations to the CDT Core Management team on budget implications of decisions.
  • To provide high-quality advice on the annual allocation of studentships.
  • To organise and implement effective student and studentship management processes, including recruitment, applications for suspensions, extensions and other student progress related changes, working in collaboration with supervisors, Registry Services, Centre for Doctoral Studies, and the CDT Director.
  • To oversee the administrative team, including Communications and Engagement Officer, and CDT Administrator. To ensure that the work of the team is performed to the required standard.
  • To undertake continuous personal and professional development, and to support it for administrative staff, through effective use of the university’s Performance Development Review scheme and staff development opportunities.
  • To undertake any other duties that might be reasonably requested by the CDT Directors and the Associate Director (Doctoral Partnerships), who line manage this role.

  Skills, knowledge, and experience Essential criteria

Education/qualification and training

  1. First degree or other appropriate qualifications;

Skills and Knowledge

  1. Strong management skills (people and projects), with a good appreciation for business and management tools (business planning, marketing, operational and organisational processes and systems, budgetary control)
  2. Good understanding of postgraduate training and funding issues and management of postgraduate education, e.g. UKRI scholarships.
  3. Excellent organisational and time management skills, including a flexible approach to managing a constant and varied portfolio of requests; able to meet multiple fixed deadlines
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills at all levels, with both internal/external stakeholders
  6. Familiarity with Higher Education administration


  1. Experience and confidence in handling multiple, complex budgets – excellent analytical and numeracy skills
  2. Substantial experience in project management and implementation, including report-writing, preferably in an academic environment;
  3. Experience of effectively using various online systems, as required for the role

Personal characteristics/other requirements

  1. Able to work independently, proactively, and flexibly, using own judgment and initiative when appropriate
  2. Able to lead others and contribute effectively as part of a team with a ‘hands-on’ approach to working

Desirable criteria

  1. Postgraduate level qualification; a management qualification
  2. Able to think strategically and to contribute to strategic direction
  3. Familiarity with HR processes and equal opportunities policy
  4. Knowledge of university student and finance data systems; content management systems (website); external UKRI database (JeS).


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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