Associate Director Core Facilities (Operations)

Research Platforms Office

London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £56,060 - £64,405 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 015845
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

We have a vacancy in the Research Management & Innovation Directorate of King’s College London for the role of Associate Director Core Facilities (Operations).
The role holder will lead on operations to enable the Core Facilities to deliver a world class, state-of-the-art research operation. Core Facilities is a fast growing, dynamic area of the organisation with a core mission of meeting the needs of King’s researchers with sustainable and accessible research infrastructure.

Responsibilities would include managing a team of Core Facility Managers across seven facilities under the current portfolio. The role holder would lead on resource management across the Core Facility service, ensuring they operate efficiently, sustainably and meet the evolving needs of the KCL research community. The role holder will be supported by the Core Facilities Business & Delivery Manager.

The role will suit someone seeking to develop their skills in managing operations, building teams and a motivation to deliver world class research capability.
Candidates are expected to have some knowledge of analytical techniques enabling biomedical research. Candidates should have experience of operations management and be able to demonstrate experience in meeting the evolving needs of researchers, managing budgets and line management.

The current portfolio of Core Facilities includes the Nikon Imaging Centre, Centre for Ultrastructural Imaging, Genomics Centre, Proteomics Facility, NMR Facility, Microscopy Innovation Centre, London Metallomics Facility, Cell & Gene Therapy Vector Facility and the COVID-19 Testing Facility. The latter two facilities will not however sit under the operational management of this position.

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

  • Smooth operational management of a range of technically diverse facilities
  • Proactively seeking to understand the needs of King’s researchers with respect to advanced research infrastructure and delivering on those needs
  • Financial oversight and accountability for the designated Core Facilities Portfolio
  • Working with the academic community to secure external funds or preparing internal business cases to upgrade instrumentation in the facilities
  • Creation and management of a Core Facilities Operations Board to provide key stakeholders with oversight of facilities across the portfolio
  • Monitor and report on the status of each facility
  • Identify key potential risks and ensure strategies are in place to manage these
  • Mentor, manage and supervise facility managers
  • Ensure effective delivery of the critical business support operations required by the facilities
  • Directly engage with Principal Investigators and research teams to provide support and advice

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD in a physical or health science discipline or equivalent experience
  • Ability to assess and organise resources, and plan and progress work activities effectively and manage and prioritise high workload and conflicting demands
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, communicating with and engaging staff at all levels and ability to work collaboratively across functions and organisations
  • Ability to devise solutions and develop creative approaches to solve problems
  • Knowledge of university research funding environment and full economic costing (TRAC fEC) regulations for facilities
  • Experience of line and team management
  • Experience of budget setting and management
  • Experience of delivering operational change
  • Strong interest in scientific methods and techniques
  • Experience of delivering scientific operations gained either in a university, research organisation or industry

Desirable criteria

  • Project management or financial management qualification

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