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KCATO Partnerships Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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About us

The King’s Clinical Academic Training Office (KCATO) offers advice, best practice and information on navigating a clinical academic career. We run strategic capacity building schemes for health professionals in research and offer bespoke support to individuals, cohorts and communities. All health professionals based at the organisations of King’s Health Partners can access KCATO:

  • King’s College London
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust.
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Strategic priorities are to build clinical academic capacity for all health professions, to provide a central visible contact point for health professionals engaged (or interested) in research, to champion clinical academic careers and to deliver bespoke development sessions to support career progression of our large, diverse community.

Interviews for this role will be held week commencing 22nd July 2024.

About the role

The KCATO Partnerships Manager provides oversight and management of a number of collaborative clinical academic training activities across King’s Health Partner organisations, and manages key programmes of work which support the delivery of the KCATO mission and strategy.

Experienced in the delivery of training programmes in the health/life sciences, you will be comfortable building strong working relationships with numerous partners/stakeholders in a complex working environment. Can you help us to take KCATO to the next level, building on the excellent work to date, working closely with our committed academic leads?

You will have responsibility for the delivery and enhancement of existing funded programmes, as well as seeking new opportunities both to build capacity across the pipeline. You will bring creativity and drive to initiate innovative development programmes for our health professionals, supervisors, academic and clinical leads for education and training.

You lead strategic projects seeking to improve processes and remove barriers to clinical academic careers for all health professionals. This includes working across central and local professional and academic teams, including HR, finance, faculty and departmental operations, research contracts, research & development, and external stakeholders such as partner medical schools, funders and NHS England.

A key element of the role is providing linkages between stakeholders and infrastructure that play a key role in supporting clinical academic capacity building e.g. Trust R&D teams, NIHR Infrastructure across KHP, local and national bodies.

You support the preparation of strategic funding bids for clinical academic capacity building, including the NIHR Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme at King’s, one of the largest in the country.

You line manage KCATO programme managers/coordinators who have specific responsibility for delivering funded training schemes e.g. NIHR.

You develop strategies to enhance communication and engagement with the broad community, showcasing the KCATO offering and gathering continuous input and feedback on activities.

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract. Requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered.

About you

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

Essential criteria

  1. Demonstrable professional experience managing higher education training, education and/or capacity building programmes in a research or health setting
  2. Project management skills, with excellent skills in prioritising tasks and organisation
  3. Able speak with authority and interact with, influence and engage stakeholders at all levels of seniority
  4. Excellent written communication skills, including experience of drafting and presenting papers at formal committees
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team to deliver projects in partnership
  6. A track record of delivering collaborative activities with universities and/or NHS, and an understanding of the funding and policy landscape pertinent to clinical academic careers
  7. Accuracy and attention to detail
  8. Line management experience
  9. Budget management experience

Desirable criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualification and/or research experience in a health-related subject 
  2. Experience of designing and implementing a comms strategy 
  3. Understanding of issues pertinent to clinical academic careers, such as HR/contract issues

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.

Interviews are due to be held on 22nd July 2024.


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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