Purpose of the post

The successful candidate will be a key member of the BHF Data Science Centre team and will work with stakeholders across academia, NHS, industry, the third sector and the public, to deliver on the objectives of the BHF Data Science Centre.

This post would suit someone who has experience in project managing clinical research, e.g. registries, cohorts, trials, which have linked with other healthcare systems data or who additionally has an interest in the use of large-scale data to support cardiometabolic health research. To be effective in this role, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of the challenges and benefits of linking consented research data e.g. cohorts, trials to other types of health data.

The person should be well organised with good project management skills. They should be looking to apply those skills across a range of cardiometabolic clinical research with a particular focus on health data science. The post holder will have excellent influencing and negotiation skills, experience of working on complex projects with multiple partners and be comfortable working at pace. This post will work across a number of our thematic areas, but a key focus will initially be on our ‘Enhancing Cohorts’ thematic area.

Main responsibilities

  • Work with the Associate Director for the Enhancing Cohorts theme to deliver a portfolio of work supporting cardiometabolic cohorts and their linkage to a wide range of health data, e.g. coded data from electronic health records, imaging data, biosample data. A good understanding of the processes and Governance involved will be essential
  • Work with the BHF Centre Director, Associate Directors, Operations Director and other members of the team to define project plans, tasks and resource requirements across thematic areas. Work closely with other Research Project Managers in the team to ensure plans are communicated across themes, share learnings and provide support
  • Create and execute project work plans across work programmes/streams and projects
  • Project management of day-to-day aspects of Centre work programmes/streams and projects, including pro-active risk / issue management and mitigation, taking remedial action where necessary to ensure that the project deliverables are achieved.
  • Implement and manage the agreed project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs.
  • Track and report on progress, across work programmes/streams and projects to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Produce and present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions.
  • Work with the Executive Assistant to ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately, adhering to the agreed version control process.
  • Build and maintain relationships, and effectively manage a range of external partners and stakeholders (e.g. BHF, cardiometabolic research community, research cohort community, data controllers, healthcare professionals, patients and public), providing timely and transparent communications.
  • In collaboration with BHF Data Science Centre senior management, Communications and Events Manager, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager and the HDR UK Insights, Communications and Engagement (ICE) Team to identify opportunities to communicate milestones, deliverables and impact of Centre activities.
  • Develop lasting relationships with the key stakeholders that foster efficient and collaborative ways of working across the BHF Data Science Centre.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Experience in project and trial management experience, ideally in research or academia, with a clear understanding of how clinical research is conducted with a good understanding of some of the challenges involved in linking consented research cohorts to other types of health data
  • Familiar with the governance, routes and processes to access routinely-collected health systems data and its challenges in clinical research and keen to understand further
  • Understanding of or ability to rapidly learn about information governance, privacy and security issues with using NHS health records and the key stakeholders in this field.
  • Ability to manage complex multi-stakeholder projects in parallel with similar timeframes and conflicting priorities whilst meeting deadlines
  • Experience of defining and documenting requirements from complex input from multiple stakeholders with conflicting priorities
  • Expertise in adjusting plans or strategies to break down long term strategies into component parts and set milestones.
  • Proactive approach to engagement with colleagues and problem solving with ability to determine when problems need to be escalated.
  • Experience of report writing and presenting.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of health data science research, the needs of relevant audiences and presenting complex information to different audiences


  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and issues under time pressures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and confidently with people at all levels, including senior management
  • Excellent people and interpersonal skills to build collaborative partnerships with expertise in working with diverse groups and the ability to handle sensitive issues positively
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent networking skills and expertise in maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders and partners, often with conflicting priorities
  • Ability to process complex scientific information, present high quality content and explain concepts without technical jargon
  • Ability to work accurately with attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Well-developed influencing and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and make decisions without supervision


Application Process

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the BHF Data Science Centre Operations Director to discuss further: bhfdsc@hdruk.ac.uk

Please apply via the online portal, where you will be asked to submit responses to three questions that will be used in the shortlisting process. Please also upload a CV and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining what you can bring to this role, including your current salary (combine the CV and covering letter into one document before uploading to the portal).

The closing date for this vacancy is midnight on Sun 12th June 2022

Interviews are expected to take place between 21-23 June 2022. Interviews will take place via zoom

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