Research Portfolio Manager - Cancer Grand Challenges
Location: Stratford, London (high flex - we would expect you to be in the office 2 days per week)
Salary: £43,000 - £48,000 pa depending on experience + benefits
Contract Type / Hours: Permanent / Full time 35 hours per week (Other flexible-working requests can also be considered if they meet business needs)
Application Deadline: Tuesday 9th August at 23.55. This vacancy may close earlier if a high volume of applications are received or once a suitable candidate is found, so please do not delay submitting your application to avoid any disappointment. Interviews to take place week commencing 15th August.
Are you looking for an opportunity to work at the forefront of cancer research on a global scale? Now is an exciting time to join Cancer Grand Challenges as a Research Portfolio Manager.
What will I be doing?
Cancer Grand Challenges is a new initiative founded by Cancer Research UK and the US National Cancer Institute. We come together and think differently to solve the most complex cancer challenges.
With funding in excess of £400m from our founders we're just setting out on our mission and so this is an exciting time to join a new and growing team. We have been building a diverse team of talented individuals including specialists in research management, grant funding, marketing and communications, and philanthropy. As a team we are unashamedly ambitious, and we challenge ourselves and each other to deliver our exciting ambition for Cancer Grand Challenges.
The Research Portfolio Manager will provide a key interface with the scientific community, importantly establishing strong and effective relationships with Cancer Grand Challenges (CGC) funded team-leads and researchers.
Research Portfolio Managers work closely with the Head of Research to develop and deliver the CGC research strategy and oversee the CGC research portfolio as well as working proactively with all CGC team members to deliver CGC funding calls and initiatives.
Some of the other key duties include:
- Act as a key scientific and strategic interface with the external research community - cultivating excellent and effective relationships with the CGC community, leading scientists, academics, clinicians, patient advocates and/or industry or other relevant organisations.
- Work with the research programme management team at the National Cancer Institute, our CGC founding partner in the US.
- Work with our global community of scientists, partners and advocacy members to develop the next Grand Challenges.
- Help shape the scientific development of key CGC events, including the CGC Annual Summit, which brings together the CGC scientific community to present scientific updates, explore opportunities for collaboration and networking, and the CGC Future Scientific Leaders' Summit.
- Work with Cancer Research Horizons team and other relevant teams to inform and develop opportunities for translation and commercialisation of CGC research, where appropriate.
- Identify scientific, collaborative and communications opportunities and work across functions to develop ways to better progress and promote CGC-funded work.
What skills are we looking for?
We're looking for a strong communicator with a good attention to detail and the ability to interpret and present complex data.
- A strong science background, PhD in a biomedical science (or equivalent level of experience), with a knowledge of current trends in cancer research
- Proven ability to form strong, positive collaborative relationships at all levels of seniority.
- Demonstrable understanding of the research landscape, its challenges and opportunities.
There will be some international travel expected in this role.
Application process: In our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we operate an anonymised shortlisting process. Please therefore ensure that you have completed the work history section of the application form and answered all application questions. CVs are required for all applications; however, they will not be reviewed until interview stage.
What will I gain?
Without you we wouldn't be able to achieve our aim of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034. So, we want to reward you in as many ways as possible. Our benefits package includes discounts on anything from travel to technology, generous holiday allowance, gym membership, and much more.?We want to ensure that you have the best work/life balance possible, so we actively encourage a flexible working culture for all of our roles wherever?possible.?Depending?on your role, options for flexibility could include homeworking, reduced or flexi-hours, job shares, job splits, and core hours. For the majority of our office-based roles?you'll only be?required to work from a specific location for 1 or 2 days a week on average.?You'll also be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. And ultimately, you'll know that you'll be changing lives through your?work.??