Overview of the role and main responsibilities

The Project Officer for Data and Connectivity will work closely with the core study management team within HDR UK, study leads at HDR UK and ONS and across the various study delivery partners, study teams delivering key workstreams, other National Core studies and teams undertaking priority research, and system stakeholders. Main responsibilities will include supporting the day-to-day administration of projects and workstreams, assisting with reporting requirements to funders and wider Study Governance, collating and updating metrics on Study outputs and tracking delivery of the Study across delivery partners and workstreams via a monthly reporting cycle. The successful candidate will share our values, have strong collaboration skills, be comfortable with working at pace and have a passion for professional, high-quality approaches to project support and co-ordination.

Main Responsibilities

Supporting the Senior Programme Manager and the Data & Connectivity team, this role would:

  • Work with the Senior Programme Manager and wider core team, to ensure identified key project support and admin tasks are completed on time and new activities continuously planned in.
  • Provide high level project support of specific activities across the programme. Examples of key activities include:

a) Working closely with delivery partners and funded projects to monitor deliverables and actions by co-ordinating the monthly reporting

b) Support the Senior Programme Manager with reporting requirements to funders and Study Governance by co-ordinating and collating updates across workstreams

c) Provide high level administrative support to the core team – organising meetings, taking minutes and following up on actions

d) Collate outputs from research and data uses using the NCS data assets and infrastructure, and lead on adding these to the HDR Innovation Gateway

e) Work with the HDR UK Events Officer to ensure smooth set up and running of Data and Connectivity NCS events, from workshops and seminars to large scale events both in person and virtual

f) Support development of reference communication materials such as standard presentations and comms decks

g) Maintain a structured filing system which includes easy identification and maintenance of the latest versions of key references materials such as external communications presentations, terms of use etc. Support efficient setup and use of team communications and project management tools such as Trello, HubSpot.

  • Develop positive working relationships with colleagues within HDRUK, delivery partners, the NCS research community and wider stakeholders
  • Coordinate the involvement of key stakeholders at appropriate stages throughout the programme
  • Be prepared and able to work flexibly to support colleagues as needed, adapting to an evolving environment and emerging priorities
  • Work to ensure HDR UK’s standards of trustworthiness, ethics and values are maintained across implementation.

The successful candidate will share our values, have strong collaboration and project management skills, be comfortable with working at pace and have a passion for professional, high quality approaches to engagement.

Planning and Organising

This post is part of a small team that is embedded within HDR UK to support the Data and Connectivity National Core Studies programme.  The post will plan and manage a diverse workload of complex, over-lapping tasks and will require high levels of organisational skill. The post-holder will need to effectively plan and deliver their work but also be able to respond to changing needs in a fast-paced organisation.

Decision Making

The post-holder will make all day-to-day operational decisions for their own workload. With support from the Senior Programme Manager and the Data & Connectivity team, they will identify, initiate, and execute efficient project support of rapid programmes of work within the Data and connectivity programme.

Problem Solving

The post holder will be expected to use problem solving skills to respond to diverse demands.   As part of a small team, the post holder will operate with significant independence. The post holder will require confidence and resilience in dealing with enquiries, problem solving and decision making. The post holder will be expected to make effective judgements on when to escalate issues to senior colleagues’ attention and with what urgency.

Continuous improvement

HDR UK is dedicated to continuous improvement through our quality management system and has achieved ISO 9001 accreditation. The post-holder will review, analyse, identify and implement opportunities for quality improvement within their role and as part of the wider team through our strategy development and internal audit processes.

Key contacts/relationships

The post holder will build and maintain effective working relationships both within HDR UK, and our partner organisations, including the Data & Connectivity delivery partners, wide group of stakeholders, researchers and the programme Public Advisory Board. The Project Manager for Data and Connectivity will have close working relationships with the Senior Programme Manager, Programme Manager, the Alliance Executive Director and members of the Data & Connectivity and Innovation Gateway teams, as well as other HDR UK teams including the Communications and Engagement and Finance and Operations teams.

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