Senior Programme Manager, Life Sciences

We are looking for a candidate to lead a small committed team with a mission to support the life sciences research

The mission of the Science Team is to support the scientific research community through a range of networks, events and advocacy activities. The Life Sciences team forms a key part of this department and has particular responsibility for life sciences, ranging from underpinning science in organic chemistry, analytical science and at the chemistry-biology interface to applications in addressing global societal challenges in areas such as human health and sustainability.

This role involves managing a team of experts and working closely with members of the scientific community, in academia and industry, including our Divisions, Interest Groups and wider UK and international networks.

The team has focused on themes such as anti-microbial resistance, diagnostics, bioenergy, new models for medicines research & development, sustainable chemicals from living organisms and synthetic biology. We place a strong emphasis on collaboration with colleagues in our industry, higher education, publishing, open innovation, international development, strategic partnerships and communications and campaigns teams.

Your responsibilities will focus on:
•Oversee the delivery of programmes and projects in relation to Life Sciences by managing the Life Sciences Team, consisting of Programme Managers and a Science Executive.
•Develop, implement and evaluate effective Life Sciences programmes, working with your Physical Sciences counterpart to support the Science Manager in strategy development.
•Provide expert advice to internal colleagues in relation to Life Sciences.

We are looking for:
•Degree in the chemical or related sciences essential. PhD (or equivalent) in Life Sciences or related field desirable.
•Network of scientific contacts within the Life Sciences community or evidence of ability to develop such networks.
•Experience of working in a team within a scientific organisation, industry, university or in a government setting to develop and deliver successful programmes and projects.
•Experience of influencing decision-makers across levels.
•Understanding of the factors currently influencing the research and innovation environment as well as the connection between research, innovation and global societal challenges.
•Awareness of developments in open science and innovation and familiarity with web-based information systems and communities

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