Senior Programme Manager, Medtech and Digital Healthcare Innovations @ LGC

  • TypeFull Time
  • RoleNon-Clinical
  • SectorNon-Clinical
  • SeniorityManagerial
  • LocationUK

Are you interested in the translation of medtech and digital health innovations? Are you excited by working in a fast-paced dynamic team environment? Would you like to engage with multiple stakeholders across industry, academia and the NHS? The Innovations team within the LGC Grant Management Group is looking for a number of proactive individuals who are passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and thrive in a busy environment. We are expanding our team with Programme Managers and Senior Programme Managers to support the delivery of the healthcare research funding programmes that we manage, including the NIHR i4i programme, SBRI Healthcare and NHS Cancer Programmes and the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award.

Role Profile

You will play a key role in the Innovations team, supporting the day-to-day delivery of a translational funding programme.

You will be involved in the commissioning of new competitions, and you will manage a portfolio of exciting projects led by small and medium enterprises, academia and NHS Trusts which are thriving to make an impact in the NHS and the UK economy. You are expected to develop close relationships with innovators and entrepreneurs, drive the collection of outcomes, contribute to the generation of case studies and participate in the planning of ad hoc events, workshops and/or webinars.

You will act as an ambassador for our funding programmes, representing and promoting them externally to a wide variety of stakeholders, including industry.

You have a good understanding of the UK health innovation ecosystem and an appreciation of current and evolving technology developments and commercial exploitation routes and ideally you have some experience of working across industry, NHS and academia.

You will be expected to manage and support other team members and contribute to the continuous improvement of operational processes and working practices.

You need to be comfortable with working to tight deadlines and competing priorities while maintaining a high quality of outputs.

Key Responsibilities

The following activities comprise the key responsibilities for the Senior Programme Manager role. Subject to agreement with your Line Manager, additional activities may be required from time to time.

Programme operations and commissioning

  • Supporting all aspects of translational funding, including scoping potential call themes, advising applicants, reviewing applications for funding and providing feedback to applicants
  • Supporting Programme Leads and the Assistant Director with the preparation of papers for Contract Management Board and /or Advisory Board meetings and strategic proposals for new initiatives
  • Leading on continuous improvement activities across the team and drafting work instructions as appropriate

Due diligence, contracting and portfolio management

  • Undertaking due diligence of funding proposals, including reviewing the scientific, technical and clinical rationale, analysis of project budgets and value for money, evaluation of proposed intellectual property protection and freedom to operate positions and assessment of the proposed adoption and commercialisation strategies
  • Negotiating funding agreements for projects recommended for funding, including the negotiation of milestones, financial arrangements and reporting requirements to enable successful project development
  • Managing a portfolio of projects at various stages of development across different health tech sectors
  • Leading on portfolio analysis and collection of relevant metrics to support activities around programme promotion, business intelligence, impact and evaluation
  • Contributing to the generation of case studies for programme promotion, customer reporting and shared learning

Comms & engagement

  • Supporting the delivery of communications and engagement activities or leading on elements thereof, including competition promotion and launch events, newsletters and annual reports
  • Supporting engagement with small and medium enterprises, other funders and charities, the investment community, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Planning and/or contributing to the delivery of key events and or initiatives such as alumni events
  • Liaising regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including attending, organising and leading meetings, representing the funder’s perspective at project meetings to facilitate successful project development, and promoting and representing funding programmes at external events

Staff management

  • Direct line management of Programme Managers
  • Assisting with recruitment and conducting the annual performance and development review process with direct reports
  • Mentoring and training of new and existing staff
  • Championing equality, diversity and inclusion within the team and the organisation


Candidate specification

  • Educated to MSc/PhD level in biomedical, health or engineering sciences
  • Experience of working in research management, technology transfer environment, health tech accelerators, start-ups and/or organisations supporting innovation
  • Experience of working within multiple areas of the health, social care and life sciences sector including industry, academia and the NHS with proven experience in commercially focused projects
  • Experience in managing diverse internal and external relationships
  • Understanding of intellectual property and commercial aspects in relation to research commercialisation
  • Committed team player
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven organisational and prioritisation skills with the ability to manage own time to meet demanding deadlines and excellent attention to detail

Please apply directly via our vacancy page with your CV along with a cover letter indicating your suitability for the role and your motivation to apply. Please note that the submission of a cover letter is essential for your application to be considered.

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