We champion and fund world-class research to transform the lives of everyone affected by mental illness. About to launch a new 5-year strategy, the company is at a critical point in its development.
An exciting opportunity has come arisen for a Grants and Programmes Manager who will oversee the delivery of our research programmes, which include grants.
The right person will be passionate about tackling mental health, and driven to ensure that all our projects happen to the highest possible standards. You will be responsible for delivering our programmes and have a lead role in developing new ones.
The role will manage our funded research projects, including current awardees, alumni, and future grant rounds. It will also manage our research events, including our flagship annual Mental Health Science Summit, sector meetings such as those of the Data Science group, and other programmes. You will work closely with colleagues, including the Impact Manager. You will have a key role in contributing to the development of new projects and programmes, in keeping with the exciting new strategy.
You will have an innovative and agile approach to project management and processes. You will have an impact-focused approach to medical research grants programmes. Technical grants and project management skills are required, as is an open and innovative approach.
- Plan and deliver research programmes, including grant rounds, our annual Mental Health Science Summit, sector meetings, and other programmes
- Contribute to the design and development of new programmes
- Ensure all processes are fit-for-purpose, efficient, and meet governance requirements
- Develop and maintain operational tools for programmes, including grant management software and contracting
- Ensure that all our work happens to the highest possible standards, including through embedding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) and reproducibility-friendly approaches
- Develop and manage budgets
- Maintain up-to-date expertise in medical research and grants funding and the wider policy context
- Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with MQ’s community, including board and research committee members, senior academics, funding panels, current and former awardees, potential applicants, and key contacts in stakeholder organisations
- A degree in a relevant discipline is essential, a relevant higher degree is desirable
- Track record of effective grants management (E), ideally end-to-end
- Track record of successful events management (D)
- Demonstrable ability to build good relationships and effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with a range of stakeholders including trustees, scientists, colleagues and members of the public; ease relating to senior leaders (E)
- Track record of producing high calibre reports for a range of audiences (E),
- Experience in establishing professional and well organised communication with partner organisations, stakeholders, and community and business leaders (E)
- Commitment to working to, and facilitating, the highest standards (E)
- Up-to-date understanding of sector developments in medical research, grant management, and charity funding (E)
- Track record of designing and delivering high quality multi-component projects (E), including events (D)
- Project management experience and training including Agile methodology (D)
- Experience of effective budget design and delivery (E)
- Commitment to principles of PPIE (E) and awareness of best practice (D)
- Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy (E)
- Three years’ experience working in a non-profit related program (E)
- Preferred background in a health and/or education setting (D)
- Position requires initiative, resourcefulness; experience as a “self-starter” (E)
- Interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, consensus building and intuitive listening (E)
- Experience with Flexigrant (D) and Research Fish (D) software
- Must be comfortable in public speaking (E)
This a Fixed Term 12-month contract. This is a full-time role with potential for flexible working arrangements and a requirement for occasional flexibility about working hours. This role would work well as a 12-month secondment.
Due to COVID-19 we are currently predominantly working from home.