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Head of Programme Management

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Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

The Head of Programme Management role was created in 2018 to establish and lead a Project Management Office (PMO) that could deliver an integrated portfolio of major cross-functional projects to drive optimisation of the Institute’s operations following the start-up of the Crick in 2015.  Four years on, the function has been successfully established, and a rolling programme of projects is underway to deliver the next phase of the Crick’s development as a world class biomedical research institute in line with its recently updated strategy, ‘Discovery Without Boundaries’.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop a proactive and innovative Project Management Office (PMO) that supports delivery of the institute’s strategy in a matrix environment, working with other senior managers and project managers within individual operational functions. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to support them in the development, planning and delivery of strategic projects initiated at COO level
  • Collaborate with institute directors and their teams to ensure annual operating plans aligned with the Crick strategy are in place and regularly reviewed and updated. 
  • Support the development and scoping of cross–functional projects within the operating plans and shape these into an achievable portfolio of projects, considering competing priorities, resourcing, funding and the impact of change on the Institute.
  • Run the Delivery Steering Group (DSG), a cross-functional group of senior Operations directors, which reports on progress across the portfolio and resolves issues escalated from a number of Project Boards, as well as identifying interdependencies or recurring challenges that require management across the portfolio.
  • Identify appropriate resources required and manage them effectively to ensure the correct balance of quality, cost and pace.  

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 08.06.2022
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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