Senior Research Manager

Are you looking to start the new year with a new and exciting role in Research?

Look no further as we are seeking a Senior Research Manager to join our expanding Research team!

We are at a transformative stage of growth and development and we are increasing our investment in the research community. We have bold ambitions therefore, we are building our research capacity and resource with new posts and new structures. This will enable us to not just increase our research investment but to do it in the areas most needed for researchers to effectively drive changes in survival.

In this newly created role, you will take responsibility for the development, delivery, and monitoring of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s rapidly growing research activities. Key to this role will be working to ensure that our grants schemes are dynamic, innovative, and delivered to the highest possible quality and objectivity, addressing key needs of the research and patient community.

You will also contribute significantly to the strategic thinking, community engagement, and leadership within the Research Team, across the charity, and in the research community.

Some of the main responsibilities include:

  • Developing and delivering strategic research initiatives (with direct support from Research
  • Overseeing the application and review processes.
  • Responsibility for the post-award management and overseeing the administration of grants to enable the charity to be fully accountable for its research spending.
  • Supporting the Research Communications Manager and Research Manager to analyse, interpret and communicate the impact of our research activities and investment
  • Working closely with the Research Communications Manager to communicate our programme of funded research and building key relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to maximise impact from our research activities and to deliver wider organisational objectives
  • Coordinate and input to the development of new strategic funding schemes alongside planned response-mode funding and other research activities

About you:

  • You will have an in-depth ability and a strong track record of grant award and management processes, including running grant rounds, working with large external committees, and monitoring grants.
  • Proven ability in working well with a wide variety of stakeholders, including all levels of seniority within academia and other research settings e.g. funders and host institutes
  • Proven ability to work with teams within your organisation to develop engaging research communications e.g. for funding bids, media, and/or policy
  • Knowledge of the cancer research environment in the UK, and/or research funding and the charity sector
  • Ability to conduct meetings, present to external audiences, and represent the organisation at seminars, workshops and be the subject matter expert both internally and externally
  • Strong team-working skills; able to understand and balance the priorities of others in relation to their own work
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills, with good time management and the ability to manage a busy and varied workload, whilst maintaining attention to detail, and meeting deadlines

For full details of the role, please see the JDPS.

About us:

It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Survival rates have improved enormously for most cancers, yet for pancreatic cancer, this is not the case. And, with treatment and care affected by the pandemic, the situation has only got worse.
Pancreatic Cancer UK is a national charity dedicated to taking on this injustice using every possible means. We’re supporting people with pancreatic cancer now, campaigning, and funding vital research to transform the future.

Working with us:

We are an inclusive employer committed and are looking for people who can demonstrate dedication to our cause and values.

We celebrate all aspects of diversity and inclusion and believe in appointing the right person for the role and, that there should be no barriers to work and employment. We are aiming to be an organisation whose workforce broadly reflects our society and creates a positive environment for everyone to flourish, therefore we particularly welcome applications from candidates who consider themselves to be in a diverse minority.

We offer a supportive place to work with helpful and friendly staff who report a high level of job satisfaction. We are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, but our main office is based in London on the river with views towards Westminster. We offer flexible working and we envisage once Covid restrictions are lifted, this role will be a blend of working from home and working in the office.

• Contract: Permanent
• Salary: £43,700 per annum (please note this salary is inclusive of the London Weighting).

We will also consider home-based candidates in the UK with some visits to the London Office expected. The non-London weighting salary for a home-based worker is £40,375 per annum.

• Hours: 35 hours per week (Monday- Friday).
• Location: London SE1 (temporarily remote working from home)
• Closing date: Monday 31 January 2022 at 12 pm
• Interviews will take place on the week of 14 February 2022 – interviews will be offered via Zoom video call.

How to apply:

  • Please read the JDPS and attachments below. You will need to complete the application form and send it alongside your CV to
  • Your application form and CV are to be saved in Microsoft Word format / PDF format as we are unable to open other document formats.
  • Please address each point within the person specification’s table which has the title ‘Skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications’ in your application. This will enable the hiring managers to score your application accordingly when they come to shortlist candidates for an interview.

You must have the right to work in the UK when you apply.

Download the following documents below:

Diana’s letter to our candidates

JDPS – Senior Research Manager – Jan 2022

Main T&Cs & How to apply – Senior Research Manager -Jan 2022

Short Application form 2021-2022