Senior Research Funding Manager (Discovery Research)

Cancer Research UK
Excellent Benefits
07 Sep 2017
05 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Research Funding Manager - Discovery Research

Can you help us to support a leading-edge research portfolio that will spearhead the progress in understanding cancer and develop novel solutions to cancer problems?

At Cancer Research UK, we aim to ensure that we fund and support a wealth of ground-breaking, world-class cancer research that will contribute towards our vision of beating cancer sooner. As the world's largest independent cancer research organisation, each year we fund more than GBP350m of direct research - and we have bold intentions to increase this GBP500m annually to help reach our ambition of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034.

The Discovery Research team manage the organisation's funding, support and development of pioneering programme and project awards covering work that underpins our fundamental understanding of cancer, as well as innovative research that has the potential to be translated for patient benefit. We work with diverse communities to shape our strategies to accelerate progress.

We are looking for a confident, creative individual with a passion for science to help develop the discovery research portfolio, lead on strategic projects and build strong communities. We need smart, brave thinkers who share our desire and determination to deliver a complex research agenda.

You'll be involved in a broad range of activities and key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing Cancer Research UK's portfolio of awards in basic and early translational research
  • Delivering the peer review process for a subset of applications, including maintaining strong relationships with applicants and feeding back on funding decisions
  • Providing oversight of the team's committee work, ensuring timely and high-quality delivery of outcomes and offering consultation and support to Research Funding Managers
  • Overseeing and supporting the Science Committee and its Expert Review Panels, ensuring the right calibre and composition of our expert advisory groups
  • Acting as a senior scientific interface with the research community, building and maintaining strong external relationships across a range of stakeholders
  • Representing Discovery Research within the department and across the organisation, forming excellent internal working relationships and providing senior leadership credibility
  • Contribute as required to a variety of strategic projects to build and sustain activity in key priority areas that will accelerate progress on CRUK's research strategy
  • Reporting to the Head of Discovery Research, you will use your excellent verbal and written communication skills to develop relationships with the research community, and work with multiple teams across CRUK to ensure a coordinated approach to delivering all activities to a high standard and in a timely manner to meet challenging deadlines.

To take on this exciting challenge, you'll???

  • Have an excellent knowledge of the UK research funding environment and a strong interest in the latest research and emerging trends
  • Have a PhD in cancer-related research or equivalent experience
  • Show excellent interpersonal skills to forge and maintain relationships with internal and external personnel at all levels
  • Show leadership and influencing skills, as well as an ability to think strategically
  • Demonstrate an ability to interpret and explain complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Be highly organised, self-motivated, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet challenging deadlines
  • Be determined to make a difference - contributing positively beyond your immediate function whilst appreciating the impact of your role on CRUK's wider research strategy

Our passion, determination and ambition led us to set ourselves more and more challenging targets. If you're as ambitious as we are, join our collective force and enjoy an excellent career.

Closing date: 27th September

Interviews: W/C 16th October

From 2019, we will be relocating from our current offices in Angel, to a new office space in Stratford close to the Olympic Park.