Deputy Operations Lead

Acting as deputy to the Strategic Operations Lead on all matters relating to THIS, you will contribute to the development and delivery of strategic aims across many areas, with operational responsibility for finance and financial sustainability, management, planning and resources. This important role would suit a flexible, motivated, highly organised individual who will work closely with other members of the Operations and Fellowships team and with other team leaders across THIS Institute.

A key responsibility will be leading work on the institute’s financial resources (~£4m to £7m annually) identifying strategic funding opportunities and supporting applications, contracting, and procurement. You will need sound leadership skills and will manage a small team focused on finances who support this area of activity. We are looking for someone with great communication skills, particularly around explaining financial information and providing advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Candidates must have a degree level education or equivalent, with proficiency in business and/or financial management. Experience of report writing, and a strong track record of administration as well as the ability to manage multiple priorities are essential. Excellent organisational and people management skills and the ability to work on your own initiative, prioritise work and keep to tight deadlines are required. You should also be confident with standard IT packages and spreadsheets.

We are looking for someone who promotes an inclusive environment, is keen to work with a variety of teams and who has a commitment to equality and diversity. Supporting a culture of continuous service improvement is also important and there will be opportunities to develop new practices such as environmentally responsible and sustainable ways of resourcing and operating the Institute.

The position is full-time, part time considered at minimum 0.8 FTE.

Location: Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2027 in the first instance.

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At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Co-created by two exceptional organisations – the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation – THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence.

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