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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/09/2019.

Head of Clinical Research Operations

Job Reference: 271-RD-1921906

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Research and Innovation
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
£59,083 - £67,760 per annum inclusive

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Division of Research and Innovation at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) for a Head of Clinical Research Operations.

GOSH is a Research Hospital and as Head of Clinical Research Operations, you will lead the non-clinical research delivery team (approx. 40 staff) working closely with the Head of Nursing for R&I, the Deputy Director of R&I, the Deputy Director of Operations for the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), General Managers, Chiefs of Service and Service Managers for all of our Clinical Directorates, Clinical Directors and researchers across GOSH and the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH). You will work closely with the Deputy Director of R&I and the R&I Finance Team to manage the operational performance of the Division and will oversee the operational management of our NIHR GOSH Clinical Research Facility (CRF) as well as research that takes place across the hospital.

The CRF provides dedicated ambulatory care accommodation for clinical research studies and acts as a focus for clinical research throughout the Trust. The unit includes around 80 research nurses and support staff (e.g. pharmacist, laboratory staff, play therapist, administrative team) who have their base in CRF (though some work elsewhere in Trust) and is a resource available to all GOSH/ICH staff undertaking clinical research. It provides a high quality clinical environment in which children and young people can take part in research programmes safely and effectively, according to robust and ethically approved protocols.

You will be a key member of the R&I senior management team and will sit on the R&I Board, playing a key role in informing the strategic direction of R&I, with responsibility for the management of multiple revenue budgets, including those sitting within the CRF and others across R&I, facilitating research activity. You will be supported by the CRF Service Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Senior Research Coordinators within the team.

You will have a post-graduate qualification or equivalent work experience and will have significant relevant experience of operational management in a research or clinical environment.

You will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of successfully managing a team and a complex budget. You will have strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate with and influence senior clinical academic staff along with various stakeholders and funders.

We offer a friendly and challenging working environment with a strong commitment to personal professional development. You will be based within the Joint R&D Office but will work across the Division of R&I.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Jenny Rivers - Deputy Director of R&I via email:

Please be advised that:

The recruitment process for all admin and clerical roles at Bands 2-5 will be a two stage recruitment process whereby shortlisted candidates will undertake an online literacy, numeracy, ICT and typing test.Only those candidates who pass the competency test will proceed to a formal interview.

The closing date given is a guide only. There may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification criteria for this post will be shortlisted. Please note that where high volumes of applicants have been received, additional criteria may on occasion be used to determine the final shortlist.

Please also note that all recruitment is currently subject to restrictions on the allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship.

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