Senior Programme Manager

University of Glassgow
June 19, 2024
Offerd Salary:£48,350 - £56,021
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Senior Programme Manager

Job Purpose

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a talented and highly motivated Senior Programme Manager to oversee the running of two major, multi- institution public health research initiatives, the £5m Systems Science for Public Health and Economic Research Consortium ( SIPHER), funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, and the £7.5m Policy Modelling for Health (HealthMod), funded by UKRI's Population Health Improvement UK (PHI-UK). SIPHER is in its final year with an end date of March 2025. HealthMod , building on and extending aspects of SIPHER's work, started in April 2024 and has funding secured until March 2028. For SIPHER, the focus is now on delivery, dissemination, reporting and legacy creation, whilst for HealthMod, the initial start-up and staff recruitment phase is nearing completion, and the team are now moving into the active research phase.

This is a senior managerial role with significant scope to influence the strategic direction of two exciting national research initiatives. You will work closely with both sets of Programme Directors to develop and deliver on programmes' strategic objectives and will be responsible for the operational, risk and administrative management of the Programmes, supported by a Programme Administrator, Communications & Engagement Co-ordinator, and the Executive Management Groups. A key part of the role is to promote and manage excellent working relationships within these highly interdisciplinary, cross-sector consortia, and to pursue strategies for communicating research outputs to external audiences including policy makers and the public.

You should have a relevant degree and demonstrated success in managing complex, multi-partner programmes in university or comparable settings. Experience in health, social science and/or multidisciplinary research environments would be an important advantage. You should have achieved or be working towards formal programme management qualifications such as PRINCE2 or PMP, and ideally have some familiarity with agile management approaches (e.g., PRINCE2 Agile), although candidates who can demonstrate equivalent experience will also be considered. You will need the ability to make independent, high level, decisions on strategic, management and operational issues relating to programme development and delivery, acting on behalf of the Directors and taking responsibility for outcomes. You should possess a sound understanding of process evaluation and of financial management of large research programmes, as well as strong spoken and written communication skills for liaising with multiple partners and external bodies. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential. You should be able to autonomously plan and deliver work with minimal supervision and direction. Due to the geographical dispersion of the Consortium memberships, the job will require occasional UK travel, including overnight.

For more information about SIPHER see https://

For more information about HealthMod see https: //

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working closely with the Executive Management Groups, you will lead the management of the HealthMod Programme and, for the period of overlap between the two programmes, also the SIPHER Consortium to ensure their successful delivery, including the provision of monitoring, evaluation and reporting of activities, communicating findings and ensuring operation within time and budget.

Strategic and Operational Management

1. As part of the Executive Management Group for both programmes, develop, review and implement strategic plans.

2. Lead, together with the Communications and Engagement Coordinator internal communications strategies that embed joined-up working within both programmes and promote inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary collaboration across the programmes of research.

3. Monitor, track, and report on progress against plans, adopting proactive risk and issue management and resolution when necessary.

4. Oversee all aspects of external communications to ensure a cohesive approach to engaging with programme partners, networks of other PHI-UK and UKPRP funded programmes and wider stakeholders.

5. Oversee progress reporting across both programmes of work, co-ordinating notification of outputs to partners and funders in accordance with contractual obligations.

6. Oversee the planning and organisation of in-person team meetings and other events, including a SIPHER showcase event planned for March 2025.

Financial Planning and Evaluation

7. In liaison with the Directors and relevant central support departments, take responsibility for the effective financial management of grant income and expenditure, including financial planning, forecasting, and financial reporting.

8. Work with colleagues across the University to ensure that resources are managed in accordance with the needs of both programmes, ensuring the university and funder financial policies and procedures are followed.

9. Provide guidance to the Academic Leads and Finance Managers in the member institutions to ensure regular monitoring of each institution's expenditure and forecasting to facilitate planning and decision-making.

10. Develop performance monitoring systems to track outputs and impact (where possible) in areas including: scientific evidence, partnership working, data acquisition, training and capacity building, financial sustainability, communications and impact.

External Impact

11. Direct and evaluate plans for communications and impact, working closely with the Communication and Engagement Coordinator on outputs and external engagement.

12. Proactively seek opportunities to collaborate with other relevant funded programmes and create new partnerships and opportunities to raise our profile and highlight its system science public health research.

13. Represent both programmes in meetings with stakeholders, the public and other academic institutions, accurately conveying its objectives and activities.

Training, Impact and Knowledge Transfer

14. Work closely with the Impact Lead to implement a Knowledge Transfer (KT) strategy, ensuring that opportunities to develop real-world impact are realised.

15. Report on training and capacity-building activities to the Directorate, Universities, and funders.

16. Identify and manage synergies in user engagement and training activities between the different member institutions.

Internal Communication

17. Liaise and collaborate across institutions, overseeing effective information flow between members and ensuring a ‘joined up' programme-wide approach to all activities.

18. Develop processes to ensure issues are identified early and to keep the consortium work plan on track.

19. Develop processes and guidelines (e.g., conflict of interest, publications) suitable for individuals, groups and networks operating at all levels within the consortium.

20. Maintain regular contact with team members, including face-to-face meetings at partner institutions, to offer advice and support as required.

People Management

21. Effectively manage relationships to influence senior colleagues and external stakeholders.

22. Co-ordinate the work of professional services staff supporting both programmes across member organisations.

Other Responsibilities

23. Be proactive in maintaining personal knowledge of the research area.

24. Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Experience



A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree), or equivalent, with a broad range of professional experience in a management role(s).

Or: Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary professional knowledge and management skills in a similar or number of different specialist roles.

A2. Formal programme management qualification, e.g. PRINCE2 (or working towards this), or ability to demonstrate equivalent experience.


B1. Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. MBA).



C1. Excellent knowledge of a range of project management tools and approaches that can be used to support major projects

C2. Advanced IT Skills including generation of high-quality reports, presentation material (e.g. infographics) and web content.

C3. Ability to proactively lead and contribute to the development and implementation of strategy.

C4. Excellent operational, risk management and organisational skills.

C5. Ability to organise resources, and plan and progress work activities across a large and diverse number of areas.

C6. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving, with an appreciation of long-term implications.

C7. Ability to work collaboratively and motivate and support teams to achieve objectives.

C8. Ability to interpret and present complex financial and non-financial information in a non-technical and easy to understand format

C9. Ability to negotiate and influence to balance competing agendas and priorities to reach an effective outcome.

C10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience of communicating to scientific and lay audiences

C11. Ability to use own judgement and initiative within broad parameters set for the role.

C12. Ability to focus on priorities and to work flexibly as needs change, whilst providing efficient project management over several areas.

C13. Ability and willingness to travel UK-wide, including overnight.


D1. In-depth knowledge of the scientific research infrastructure and processes in the UK Higher Education Sector, including supporting grant writing and publications.

D2. Knowledge and experience working in a health or social science research environment.



E1. Significant, demonstrable experience of managing large research programmes in higher education, private sector, central or local government, or NHS.

E2. Experience and demonstrated competence in financial management including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, scenario planning and other financial processes.

E3. Experience of and ability to build and proactively manage excellent relationships within research teams and with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

E4. Experience of innovating, implementing, monitoring and reviewing processes and systems.

E5. Experience of developing and maintaining a network of contacts.


F1. Experience of planning and carrying out process evaluations of large (research) programmes.

F2. Experience in web editing, social media communications, and communicating to stakeholders via web-based media

For informal enquiries about this post, contact: Professor Petra Meier [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 - £56,021 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and has funding available until 31 March 2028 in the first instance .

The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit: https: // www.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 148069 Close Date : 19-Jun-2024 23:45

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