Institute Strategic Programme Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Institute Strategic Programme Manager
Post Number
Closing Date
3 Oct 2019
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
Expected/Ideal Start Date
02 Sep 2019
Months Duration

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Promote, monitor and record progress towards completing research objectives according to deadlines and within budget. This includes liaising with the programme’s Group Leaders and researchers at QIB and at other Institutions. The role will include recording activity to support research dissemination as well as progress against defined objectives.

The post holder will also be expected to communicate directly with BBSRC to organise the funding reporting cycle and to coordinate and collate reports to other stakeholders, which include the QIB Executive Board and Board of Trustees. The role will also include preparation and submission of annual funding reports to BBSRC and providing support for the preparation of new funding proposals.

Key Relationships

The post holder will work closely with the programme leads and Executive Support Assistant.

Daily contact with programme Group Leaders, researchers and support staff (located at QIB and external partner organisations).

Regular contact with the Director of Science Operations, Directorate Manager, other Programme Managers, Finance, Contracts, Human Resources departments and the Communications and Business Development Offices.

Regular contact with Research Council staff.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Track research project and programme objectives, milestones and deliverables. Plan, schedule and communicate programme timelines and milestones using appropriate tools. Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the programme scientists, analyse results, and troubleshoot problem areas. Manage and monitor programme expectations with team members and other stakeholders.
Coordinate and deliver progress reports and proposals.
Establish, build and develop internal relationships (e.g. Finance, Human Resources and Communications teams) vital to the success of the Programme.
Plan with programme leads and chair monthly Group Leader meetings and programme research meetings.
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in a science discipline
Relevant post graduate qualification

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Highly organised with strong attention to detail
Experience of managing research projects or programmes
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Ability to interpret, synthesise and summarise research-relevant information from scientists
Understanding of research funding and reporting procedures and practices
Ability to read and understand financial reports

Relevant Experience

Experience of writing/coordinating strategic reports
A science background with experience of research or programme management

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Must be capable of working with staff at all levels and be excellent communicator in person as well as in writing
Ability to work autonomously in a supportive environment
Ability to engage with stake holders
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Ability to prioritise and plan work with the programme leads
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team

Additional Requirements

Promotes equality and values diversity
Occasional, pre-agreed flexibility in working hours during busy periods
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Attention to detail
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute

Who We Are

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.

The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.


Microbes in the Food Chain


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Institute Strategic Programme Manager

Applications are invited for an Institute Strategic Programme Manager to join the Microbes in the Food Chain Programme at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.


Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based within the new Quadram Institute, seeks to improve human health by reducing the problems caused by pathogens in the food chain. We aim to deliver an enhanced understanding of the ecology, evolution and survival strategies of microbes in the food chain, including the drivers of antimicrobial resistance

The role:

The post holder will work closely with the Microbes in the Food Chain (MFC) Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) group leaders to monitor progress on completing ISP research objectives according to deadlines and within budget. This includes coordinating the efforts of ISP Group Leaders and researchers based at QIB and at other Institutes and Universities to deliver ISP objectives according to schedule.

The post holder will organise the ISP reporting cycle and coordinate and collate reports to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and QIB Management along with the preparation and submission of the ISP’s five yearly funding proposal to BBSRC.

The post holder will organise, in conjunction with MFC leads, and chair monthly Group Leader and ISP research meetings and coordinate related scientific activity.

The ideal candidate:

The post holder will be highly organised, have strong attention to detail and good one-to-one communication skills. The ability to prioritise activities and convince others to prioritise activities is vital. 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.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post offered on a permanent basis; part-time will be considered.

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. Its mission is to understand how food and the gut microbiota are linked to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a new state-of-the-art building. The Quadram Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (

The closing date for applications will be 3 October 2019.

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.