Clinical Research Project Manager – Vaccine Trials

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
December 02, 2022
Offerd Salary:£41,659 - £47,672
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Clinical Research Project Manager – Vaccine Trials NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area

Research & Development


NHS AfC: Band 7




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



University Hospital Southampton




£41,659 - £47,672 pa

Salary period



02/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic clinical research project manager to join us in the development of the research vaccine hubs and the vaccine trial portfolio in Wessex. Research hubs were set up in Southampton, Portsmouth and Dorset during the COVID-19 pandemic to enable region-wide delivery of COVID-19 vaccine trials and to provide communities across the Wessex region with the opportunity to take part in research. We are now looking for a project manager to work closely with our research teams to develop the hub operational model and provide expert trial management support to vaccine research teams and sponsors. The appointed clinical research project manager will be based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust but some travel to the hubs will be required.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you'll do

This is a diverse role that will give the appointed candidate the opportunity to work on a region-wide collaboration with specialist research teams. Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversight of the management and coordination of the vaccine trial portfolio delivered at research hubs in Wessex
  • Working with hub managers to develop the hub operational model and supporting the senior project manager with budget management.
  • Acting as a key point of contact for study teams, commercial and academic research sponsors, R&D departments and other research departments
  • Provision of a specialist role, giving expert support to Chief and Principal Investigators and patients participating in NIHR research studies.
  • What we're looking for

  • Significant experience in conducting or organising research in the NHS or other research setting
  • Knowledge of current legislation regarding research governance issues
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organisation skills
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to lead a team
  • Ability to travel to sites in Hampshire and Dorset as required
  • Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Thursday, 08 December 2022

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria
  • International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP) training
  • Experience in research management
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Specialist qualification or significant experience In Project Management to postgraduate diploma level or equivalent
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
  • Desirable criteria
  • PhD in a biomedical science
  • Experience in database management
  • Experience Essential criteria
  • Recent experience in project management Knowledge of Research Governance Framework (RGF)
  • Significant clinical research experience in a health or relevant commercial sector
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Detailed knowledge of the changes in funding and research management within the NHS and in particular relating to the CRN and NIHR portfolio
  • Sound knowledge of current clinical trials regulations and guidelines
  • Experienced in reviewing paperwork relating to research to extract information required for a specific purpose
  • Understanding of personal accountability
  • Logical and consistent work and career pattern
  • Desirable criteria
  • Recent NHS experience
  • Experience in conducting clinical research
  • Skills Essential criteria
  • Assertive and have the ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Excellent communicator, able to communicate with individuals at all levels of seniority both within and outside of the organisation
  • Proven ability to influence decision makers
  • Ability to build productive alliances and relationships
  • Proven analytical, report writing and presentation skills
  • Proven planning and organisation skills
  • Proven ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Standard keyboard skills
  • Able to use initiative
  • Able to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives
  • Experience of developing excellent working relationships within a multi- disciplinary teams
  • Able to lead, motivate, delegate and be a good team player within a multidisciplinary team
  • Have a flexible attitude, be self-motivated and capable of prioritising workload
  • Proven ability to manage change
  • Knowledge and understanding of regulatory framework for clinical research
  • Desirable criteria
  • Ability to understand strategic planning and policy development and contribute where relevant
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Experience of budgetary control and costing of commercial and non- commercial research
  • Values Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values  Patients First  Always Improving  Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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