Operational Director, NIHR Manchester CRF and Director, UKCRF Network

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Operational Director, NIHR Manchester CRF

The NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility is seeking a dynamic and motivated Operational Director to strategically lead the operational activities of this large multi-site CRF. The Manchester CRF currently comprises four sites around Manchester specialising in Paediatrics, Adult phase 1, Oncology and Respiratory trials and has recently received increased funding of £15.5M over the next 5 years. Our ambition is to expand the footprint of the CRF around Greater Manchester.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work with Professor Jacky Smith, the overall Director of the Manchester CRF and with the site Directors and Operational Managers across several NHS Trusts. This post will also work closely the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre with which the CRF shares posts and other research infrastructure in the city including the Greater Manchester CRN, Health Innovation Manchester and the University of Manchester.

The post holder will be a member of the MFT Research and Innovation (R&I) Senior Management Team and will report into the Managing Director for R&I.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £1.8bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination.

If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination. There is currently Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new employees may need to be vaccinated.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at resourcing@mft.nhs.uk.

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Degree , RGN,Post graduate qualification /second degree
  • Substantial experience in managing a range of complex clinical research projects and clinical research infrastructure
  • Experience of deputising at Director level
  • Experience of strategic planning and development
  • Comprehensive working knowledge and experience of the ICH, GCP, MREC and COREC frameworks
  • Post-graduate teaching experience
  • Experience of managing budgets and business planning


  • PHD
  • Teaching Qualification
  • Business Management Qualification
  • Senior Management experience across a range of professions
  • Experience of working with Government Departments

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust





M13 9WL

Employer's website

https://mft.nhs.uk/careers/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

11 March 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8d


£78,192 to £90,387 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations




M13 9WL

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