Senior Project Manager

University of Glassgow
July 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:£48,350 - £56,021
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Contract Type:fixed term until 30
Working Time:Full time
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Senior Project Manager

Job Purpose

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a talented and highly motivated Senior Project Manager to provide senior project management support within the School of Health & Wellbeing. The postholder will contribute to project oversight, research governance, project risk management and data sharing across the School, as required.

Initially, the postholder will be responsible for managing the Population Health Research Facility which provides expert, tailored support to researchers working within community and NHS settings. This facility is currently based in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), which is in a period of transition. As such, a key challenge will be to ensure that projects maintain compliance with relevant research governance regulations and that ongoing commitments are met during this period of change.

The role will then increasingly focus on providing project management support in the wider School of Health & Wellbeing. The postholder will bring extensive skills and experience in research governance, data management, project management and leadership to help deliver strategic projects across the School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Take a leading role in liaising with principal investigators, researchers, trial managers and other project staff to run projects efficiently and effectively. This includes: (i) providing senior project management with specialist support and guidance to complex studies; (ii) taking responsibility for communicating best project management practice and (iii) ensuring effective communication between project teams and research delivery and support staff.

2. Take responsibility for the planning, development, organisation, and management of project-related documentation and records. This includes drafting reports for funders.

3. Manage resources/budgets within allocated projects/teams to ensure maximum value is delivered for resources deployed

4. Deploy a robust and responsive risk management approach to identify, assess, monitor, and actively manage risks.

5. Take a leading role in overseeing research governance and data management, ensuring that projects meet their research governance obligations and all associated assurance / audit requirements in relation to these areas.

6. Lead governance groups to set up, monitor and optimise research project processes and their implementation.

7. Represent research delivery and support functions on key decision-making groups, including the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit.

8. Monitor projects for any serious breaches of study protocol or reputational risk to the School and University and report these to the relevant senior staff.

9. Contribute project management expertise to funding applications from the School as required.

10. Line manage a small team of professional services staff in the Population Health Research Facility.

11. Maintain awareness on issues including data protection, ethics as well as health and safety relating to fieldwork and data collection in the community.

12. Engage in reasonable professional development activities as appropriate.

13. Duties of the post outlined are not exhaustive, and the post holder will be expected to undertake other duties as may be reasonably expected by the Head of School of Health & Wellbeing. The duties of the post will be subject to review in line with changing requirements, both internal and external.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1. 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.

Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9,10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional experience in a management role(s).

A2. Expert knowledge in project/trials management with a successful track record of delivery.

A3. Comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory framework which governs research.

A4. Knowledge and understanding of data integrity and its importance.

A5. Knowledge of budgetary systems, managing budgets and analysing financial data.


B1 Project Management qualification and thorough understanding of project management methodologies.



C1. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

C2. Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, leadership and communication skills (both orally and in writing).

C3. Excellent organisational skills and co-ordinating skills, including ability to cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy and level headedness.

C4. Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team with staff at all levels, assessing priorities and managing own and other workloads effectively.

C5. Flexible, committed, reliable and enthusiastic approach to work.

C6. Excellent team building, interpersonal, negotiating skills (ability to develop networks of useful contacts within and beyond the Unit).

C7. Ability to challenge the status quo effectively and develop innovative approaches.

C8. Proven ability to liaise and cooperate with people across organisational boundaries.


D1. Specialist knowledge in project management related to academic health research.

D2. Good IT background, with knowledge of data management requirements.

D3. An understanding of funding application processes.

D4. Knowledge of social, public health or medical research



E1. Substantial project management experience within a research or similar environment, including experience in project progress reporting, staff and client liaison, leadership and training.

E2. Experience in the development of key materials such as protocols, manuals of operations, standard operating procedures, and guidance documents, or with demonstrated evidence of similar experience within relevant area.

E3. Experience of managing budgets.

E4. Experience of managing staff.


F1. Strong IT skills in project/ trials management (e.g, database, spreadsheet, word processing, layout and presentation) with ability to develop skills in response to technological change.

F2. Experience of working within a regulated scientific/technical/medical research environment either in clinical trials, epidemiological studies or social surveys.

F3. Experience of supporting applications for research funding including estimating costs.

Terms and Conditions

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

This post is full time, and fixed term until 30 September 2027.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme

The post for which you are applying is considered “registered work” in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act. If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Further information is available at: https: // www.

Please note that under Section 34(1) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 it is a criminal offence to apply to carry out or to carry out regulated work from which that individual is barred.

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.

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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.

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