UCL Institute of Health Informatics


HDR UK London Chief Operating Officer - Ref:1732828

UCL Department/Division: Institute of Health Informatics

Location of position: London

Grade 10

Hours: Full Time

Competitive salary

Closing Date: 27 Nov 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: h.23:59

Interview date: 14 December 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

Health Data Research UK is the new national institute for data science for health, which is being established in 2018 with long term funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. The HDR UK seeks to drive improvements in the health of patients and populations through research at regional and national scale. The triple mission of HDR UK spans discovery of disease mechanisms in science through:

(i) Precision medicine and trials to public health;

(ii) Establishing platforms and underlying infrastructure to enable research at national scale;

(iii) Developing training and capacity opportunities.

To deliver this mission, five major London universities – University College London (coordinating), Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London – came together as a pan-London Site. The terms of this partnership are legally binding in the Site and the Consortium Agreements. The six HDR UK Sites include London, Cambridge, Oxford, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales/ Northern Ireland.

This is the first time that these universities across London have partnered in a major long term biomedical research initiative. This partnership has already started to positively influence decisions on further funding. In addition to the initial grant award, there have been multi-million pound funding initiatives involving HDR UK London.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) in HDR UK London will be responsible for the operational delivery of all aspects of the Site and the Consortium Agreements in order to advance London’s profile on national and international stage.

To succeed outstanding performance in Annual and Quinquennial Reviews, the appointee will need to establish appropriate standardised mechanisms and oversees all HDR UK related activities in all five partner London universities in relation to organisation, governance, finance, HR, project management and communication.

This post is funded for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension until 31 March 2023. We also welcome 12-month secondment applications. Applicants wishing to apply for this post as a secondment opportunity should agree with their line managers before applying.

Key Requirements

Candidates will have proven leadership experience with successful delivery of full life cycle projects across a complex and challenging stakeholder environment to direct engagement activities. They will have a proven track record of successful complex budget management, a proven development of successful partnership in health and biomedicine across university, NHS and industrial sectors, and a proven experience of strategy and policy development.

Demonstrable experience of working with, and influencing, senior stakeholders in particular within the academic community – heads of department, faculty managers, deans and vice provosts are essential. They must also demonstrate the ability to act as a public speaker with extensive experience of presenting to, and managing, challenging audiences, have experience of successfully delivering strategic projects on time and within budgetas well as experience of successful line management and development of staff with proven team leadership and motivational skills.

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If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Harry Hemingway, email: h.hemingway@ucl.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. 

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