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Operations Lead - Volunteer Recruitment & Research Studies (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the exciting and challenging position of Operations Lead to manage the operational activities of the NIHR BioResource for Translational Research ("NIHR BioResource") across teams responsible for the recruitment of volunteers to the BioResource, the recall of these volunteers for participation in research studies and the associated governance & ethics.

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice to improve healthcare and the long-term prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource, with over 150,000 consented volunteers, from the general population and patients with common and rare diseases, who are willing to be recalled according to their genotype and/or phenotype to participate in academic and industry-led experimental medicine and clinical research studies. We aim to have 300,000 volunteers by the end of March 2022.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

The Operations Lead will:

  • ensure that recruitment targets are met, recall of volunteers is timely & efficient, and all projects and studies are subject to the necessary governance and ethics, including statutory requirements
  • have overall management of the recruitment, recall, research nurse and governance & ethics teams, with direct line management of the respective team leads
  • develop successful relationships with external stakeholders, including clinicians, GP's, researchers, PI's and other collaborators
  • organise and participate in a number of national executive and operational meetings

The Operations Lead is a member of the Executive Team, contributing to overall operational and strategic management of the NIHR BioResource.

Candidates should be educated to degree level and/or with experience that is directly relevant to the post, including proven success of recruitment to, and running of, research studies and/or clinical trials. Excellent organisational and communication skills and a track record of successful line management in a complex environment are essential.

See the Further Particulars link below for full details and Person Specification.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week.

NIHR BioResource is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a 5 year funding cycle. The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance. Due to the impact of COVID-19, an interim extension to this current funding may be granted. A further 5 years of NIHR funding will be dependent on our successful application for renewal.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). Work - life balance is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are open to discussion on candidate location, including an element of home working.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Nathalie Kingston, NIHR BioResource Director, or on 01223 748000.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing Date: 15th July 2020

Interview Date: week commencing 3rd August 2020

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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RW23264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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