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Senior Research Operations Manager

London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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About Us

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London is seeking an experienced and proactive Senior Research Operations Manager. As a key member of a growing and vibrant research support team in the faculty, the role holder will take the lead on planning, organising, and administering research activities especially in the area of grant management (pre-and post-award), as well as shaping and supporting faculty research strategies.  

About the role

The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build good working relationships with academic and professional services colleagues internal and external to the University. They will have a thorough understanding of the UK research funding landscape and experience supporting or managing funded projects. They will be highly organised, numerate, with strong analytical skills, and will be a confident communicator and experienced team manager. They will bring experience in problem solving and change management.

• To work closely with the Head of Research Operations and Vice Dean Research to develop and deliver the faculty’s Research Strategy.

• To be part of the Faculty Research leadership group alongside the teams for Impact & Knowledge Exchange as well as Research Culture.

• Contribute to the faculty’s preparations for future Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions.

• Line manage specialist pre- and post-award staff and other junior temporary staff hired by the Research team.

• Lead a ’proposal to final report’ support service for academic staff wanting to undertake funded research, including assistance with application processes, developing effective budgets, project management and all elements of funder compliance, cost recovery, research integrity and grant legacy planning,

• Provide support for academics requiring research contracts, for example consultancy or fees for service contracts.

• Develop & maintain good working relationships with the faculty Research Development Manager, staff in the Arts and Science Research Office and the Research Management & Information Directorate to maximise opportunities for winning grants and to ensure highly efficient faculty processes related to research.

• Monitor key faculty research data (e.g. applications, awards, income, overheads) and KPIs and report on this data to faculty leadership.

• Support the Head of Research Operations in developing a robust research grant income projection model.

• Work alongside the Faculty communications team to improve the content and maintenance of Faculty research project webpages and news stories.

This is a full time post, and you will be offered an indefinite  contract.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. Experience working in HEI research administration and strong understanding of the UK HEI research environment. 
  2. Experience in managing research grants and contracts at pre- and post-award stage. 
  3. Experience in contributing to the Research Excellence Framework. 
  4. Excellent numeracy skills and an ability to understand and analyse complex data. 
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to present and communicate ideas to a range of stakeholders, including senior members of academic staff. 
  6. Team building and line management experience. 
  7. Proficient IT skills (including databases, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). 
  8. Ability to work proactively and independently and manage/prioritise a diverse workload. 
  9. Strong organisational skills with a high degree of attention to detail

Desirable criteria

  1. Evidence of the ability to build good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels internally and externally. 
  2. Change management experience. 
  3. Good knowledge of HEI policies and procedures including financial regulation. 
  4. Strong commitment to ED&I. 

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information 

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.


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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