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Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, the Institute of Food Research transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience on April 28th 2017.

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Post Number1003446
Job TitleInstitute Strategic Programme Manager
Closing Date30 Apr 2018
Starting Salary£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week 22.5
Expected/Ideal Start Date 31 May 2018
Months Duration Indefinite
Flexible Options
Part Time
Job Share
Job share or part time hours considered.

Main purpose of the job To work closely with the Microbes in the Food Chain Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) Leader to monitor progress on completing the ISP research objectives according to deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating the efforts of ISP Research Leaders based within the QIB and outside the institute at other institutes and universities to deliver ISP objectives according to plan. The role will include monitoring progress on completing the ISP research objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.
The postholder will organise the ISP reporting cycle, regular research meetings and coordinate and collate reports to BSSRC and /or QIB Management as required. The postholder will also coordinate meetings of the ISP's Scientific Advisory Board and plan the preparation and submission of the ISPs 5 yearly funding proposal to BBSRC.
Department Microbes in the Food Chain
Group Details Microbes in the Food Chain ISP
Advert Text Quadram Institute Bioscience currently has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the team as Institute Strategic Programme Manager.


Microbes in the food chain are a major global challenge to human health and the economy, through foodborne infections and through their contribution to the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based within the new Quadram Institute opening in Summer 2018, is looking to reduce the problems caused by microbes in the food chain by delivering an enhanced understanding of the ecology, evolution and survival strategies of pathogens in the food chain, including the drivers of antimicrobial resistance, to improve human health.

Working in partnership with other BBSRC-supported institutes, we will harness the latest genomic technologies to track the emergence, evolution and spread of foodborne pathogens in the food chain.

The role:

QIB wishes to appoint a part-time Manager (22.5 hours per week) for its Institute Strategic Research Programme (ISP) “Microbes in the Food Chain”. The post-holder will work closely with the ISP Leader, Professor John Wain to monitor the delivery of the ISP’s research objectives according to deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating the efforts of ISP Research Leaders based within the QIB and outside the institute at other institutes and universities. The role will include monitoring progress and overseeing quality control throughout its life cycle. There are two other ISPs in QIB and each has its own Programme Manager. Managers are expected to coordinate work and share best-practice.

The ISP comprises about 10 Research Leaders and their groups (some to be appointed) based within the institute itself. There are close links to some group leaders based at institutes and universities across the UK. Some travel to partner organisations may be required.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a biological sciences background with experience of project or programme-level management. Ideally, they will have an understanding of research funding and practice in the UK. Formal qualification in management or project management or a MBA would be desirable. Where the appointee has no such formal qualification QIB will support training and development for an otherwise suitable candidate to acquire appropriate qualification.

The post-holder will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to work autonomously within a supportive environment.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 pro rata per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a permanent, part time post (22.5 hours per week).

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003446.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values. To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. It brings together clinical and non-clinical scientists in a new state-of-the-art building due for completion in 2018. It is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of the largest centres of life sciences in Europe, and home of the John Innes Centre, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia. (

Key relationships The postholder will work closely with the MFC ISP Leader and MFC Scientific Administrators. Daily contact with Research Leaders and Support staff in the ISP and in external partner organisations. Regular contact with Director of Science Operations and other ISP Managers. Liaison where required with Communications and Business Development Offices. Regular contact with staff at BBSRC Head Office
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Coordinate and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.30
Manage and monitor programme expectations with team members and other stakeholders
Track project and programme milestones and deliverables
Plan and schedule programme timelines and milestones using appropriate tools
Build, develop, and grow any internal relationships (e.g. Finance, Human Resources and Communications teams) vital to the success of the ISP15
Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the programme team, analyse results, and troubleshoot problem areas10
Plan and schedule programme timelines and milestones using appropriate tools10
Maintain and oversee ISP risk register, and mitigate or address risks where needed5
Monitor budget expenditures on ISP projects in conjunction with the Director of Science Operations and Finance department, and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary
Monitor spend of HEI partners within ISP budget to ensure appropriate use of ISP funds
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in a science disciplineEssential
Qualification in project or programme managementDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Programme planning tools and experience of managing projects or preferably, research programmesEssential
Ability to interpret, synthesise and summarise programme relevant information from scientistsEssential
Proficient in using Microsoft Office; Word, Outlook and ExcelEssential
Ability to read and understand financial reportsDesirable
Understanding of research funding and reporting procedures and practicesDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
A science background with experience of programme managementEssential
Experience of writing/coordinating reportsEssential

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Must be capable of working with staff at all levels and be excellent communicator in person and in writingEssential
Ability to work autonomously in a supportive environment Essential
Ability to prioritise and plan work with the ISP lead Essential
Ability to engage with stake holders Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skillsEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Occasional flexibility during busy periods Essential
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential