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Clinical Research Facility Operational Manager

Job Reference: 411-CORP-2018-49918

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
411 NIHR Clinical Research Facility (917725)
£40,428 to £48,514 pa

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NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility Operational Manager

2 year fixed term contract with potential to extend.

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Alder Hey Children’s hospital is a purpose built facility based in the heart of the hospital. The CRF was awarded renewed funding by NIHR from April 2017 to support experimental medicine and early phase clinical trials over 5 years. With a growing portfolio of academic and commercial studies the CRF Operational Manager will work with the operational and senior management teams to ensure delivery and growth of this portfolio to time, cost and quality through the efficient utilisation of resources available and in line with the CRF strategy.

The CRF works closely with colleagues throughout the whole of the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, as part of the panUniversity/Alder Hey strategic partnership focussed on improving “Children’s Health and Wellbeing”, and with colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Within this rich clinicalacademic research environment, the CRF has four Clinical Experimental Themes, including Infection, Inflammation (including rheumatology and nephrology), Oncology and Neuroscience. In addition, there are three Clinical Experimental Clusters, namely: Clinical pharmacology and Dose optimisation, Formulations, and Innovation in devices.

You will be passionate about paediatric research and have an understanding of the importance of placing children, young people and their families at the heart of our research.

You will work closely with dedicated team of research professionals including clinical and non clinical staff. You will have line management responsibility, supporting the development of a small number of direct line reports.

You will have strong networking skills to develop and build relationships with the CRF stakeholders and potential partners at both a local and national level.

You will be responsible for the performance management of the CRF portfolio and be competent in the use of relevant project management tools to drive the business of research.

This post includes the necessity for occasional travel across the UK

Interview dated tbc confirmed (likely wc 12th March).

The interview process for this post will include a short presentation – the title of which will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates at the time of their invitation to interview.

For informal enquires please contact Amanda Rees on 0151 252 5570 or

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Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to creating a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We actively promote equality and diversity and operate a Zero Tolerance policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process and the Trust operates a No Smoking Policy.

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first paypoint of the relevant band.
Applications are welcome from anyone eligible to work in the UK.

Black, Chinese and Disabled individuals are under-represented in our total workforce, and males are under-represented in our nursing workforce. We actively encourage applicants from these groups.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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