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Research Project Manager

Requisition ID:  1107

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date:  06-Nov-2019

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary:£30,942 - £40,322 

Closing Date: 20 November 2019


The role

To work as part of a team of Project Managers sitting within the Translational and Clinical Research Institute in the Faculty of Medical Sciences to provide a comprehensive project management and professional support service to a portfolio of translational medical research projects, many of which are multi-site and cross- disciplinary.


To be responsible for the day to day management of allocated projects; working closely with Investigators, collaborators, the research team, University Research Institutes and professional services staff. To monitor and ensure progress of projects against financial and milestone targets, highlighting and managing risks as appropriate.


Key Accountabilities

  • Act as the main point of contact for all parties involved in each project on a day-to- day basis, communicating clearly with investigators, project teams, collaborators and stakeholders and University professional services staff.
  • Prepare detailed study/research timelines and milestones, monitoring progress on a continuous basis, with a clear understanding of any impact on the critical path.
  • Actively manage project progress in association with the research, support and clinical teams to achieve milestones within set timescales. This may involve collaboration with other organisations e.g. Universities or NHS Trusts, as well as the day to day management of project team support staff and coordination of staff recruitment.
  • Ensure the early identification of potential risks to meeting required objectives and coordinate the development of plans to recover the situation where possible, liaising with the funding body as appropriate, keeping the Investigator and research team fully appraised throughout.
  • Manage the project finances including: forecasting; liaison with the University’s Contract Financial Management Team to ensure financial transactions and reporting are managed in line with the contract; and holding regular meetings with project leads to ensure effective budget management.
  • Organise regular project update meetings, maintaining appropriate communication with all stakeholders and ensuring actions are created in line with the project objectives/timeline. Ensure agreed actions are undertaken by those assigned responsibility.
  • Establish, organise and contribute to project management groups as required to support the project e.g. Advisory Boards, Steering Groups, inter- disciplinary working groups.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific, regulatory and technical elements of the project in order to cross communicate between different work packages.
  • Manage the relationship with the funder and ensuring compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Preparation for, and facilitation of, audits and/or inspections.
  • Take responsibility for identifying own learning needs, including identifying appropriate courses to ensure up to date knowledge in the funding streams available to support translational research, as well as developing an awareness of the regulations governing clinical research and research data.
  • Work as part of the Faculty Project Management team to develop common ways of working and promote the use of best practice in project management.


The Person (Essential)


  • 1st degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant discipline and significant experience of working in project management.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Advanced knowledge of project management and relevant business operating procedures
  • Knowledge of project management methodology
  • Experience of working in a project management role
  • A proven ability to manage projects to defined deliverables and meet audit requirements


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and verbally
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • An ability to work to deadlines, organise own workload and work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • A proven ability to be adaptable, innovative and proactive in project work
  • A positive and supportive attitude; ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Excellent IT skills, including competent use of Microsoft Office including MS Project, Excel and Access
  • Flexibility with respect to working hours
  • Willingness to travel outside of the Newcastle area


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 1107