Deputy Operations Manager

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 05th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,914-£49,553
  • REF: RH25606
  • Closes: 08th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a senior administrative position in a renowned research unit, the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU). We seek a talented operations manager to work with the Director of Operations for the CEU to provide cross-cutting infrastructural and operational support.

The Deputy Operations Manager will be responsible for managing the CEU’s financial resources (~£35M), ensuring that spending is line with strategy, advising the Director of Operations and the Director of the CEU on financial issues, and creating and monitoring budgets. The Deputy Operations Manager will also be responsible for managing the CEU’s research grants (~30) with the Director of Operations and Grants Administrator, on behalf of the Director of CEU and senior academics in the Unit, ensuring that projects run to time and within budget, that milestones, deliverables and reporting requirements are met, and liaising with funding bodies and key stakeholders. The post-holder will also manage HR for the CEU, including the management of recruitment activities. The post-holder will also be responsible for identifying strategic funding opportunities and for managing major applications for funding with the Director of Operations, Director of CEU and senior academics and will work with them to formulate and implement strategy across the CEU. Additionally, the post-holder will lead on IT and space planning provisions in anticipation of a Unit move to the Heart and Lung Research Institute in 2022.

The post-holder will act as deputy for the Director of Operations as and when required and will have significant experience of operations management, including: (i) management of multiple complex projects simultaneously; (ii) management of large budgets; (iii) management of HR processes; (iv) managing grants and major funding applications and; (v) excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. It is desirable for candidates to have experience working in a research environment in a higher education institution.

The funding for this post is available until 31st March 2023 in the first instance.

Location Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx. 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Niko Ovenden (

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Closing Date: 8th March 2021

Interview Date: Week commencing 15th March 2021

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH25606 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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