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Deputy Operations Manager (Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a senior administrative position in a renowned research unit, the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU). We seek a talented operations manager to work with the Head of Operations for the CEU to provide cross-cutting infrastructural and operational support.

The Deputy Operations Manager will be responsible for managing the CEU's financial resources (~£35M), ensuring that spending is line with strategy, advising the Head of Operations and the Director of the CEU on financial issues, and creating and monitoring budgets. The Deputy Operations Manager will also will be responsible for managing the CEU's research grants (~30) with the Head of Operations, on behalf of the Director and senior academics in the Unit, ensuring that projects run to time and within budget, that milestones, deliverables and reporting requirements are met, and liaising with funding bodies and key stakeholders. The post-holder will also be responsible for identifying strategic funding opportunities and for managing major applications for funding with the Head of Operations, Director and senior academics and will work with them to formulate and implement strategy across the CEU. The post-holder will also manage HR for the CEU, including the management of recruitment activities.

The post-holder will act as deputy for the Head of Operations as and when required and will have significant experience of operations management, including: (i) management of multiple complex projects simultaneously; (ii) management of large budgets; (iii) excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills; (iv) managing grants and major funding applications and; (v) management of HR processes. The post-holder will be educated to degree level (or equivalent qualifications) or have equivalent relevant experience. It is desirable for candidates to have experience working in a research environment in a higher education institution.

The funds for these posts are available until 31st March 2021.

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx. 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Richard Houghton (

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Closing date: 2nd April 2018

Interview Date: Week commencing 9th April 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH14951 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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