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Senior Manager

Role Summary

The Senior Research and Development Manager will provide expert leadership, management and operational oversight to the Trusts Research and Development function.

The post holder will ensure that systems and processes are in place to deliver high quality research that meets legislative guidance and governance regulation. The post holder has responsibility for operational research delivery ensuing systems and processes are in place to meet performance targets, compiling business plans and reports and providing Research and Development budgetary management. The post holder will have managerial responsibilities for the Research and Development Professional Services Team.  

Working closely with the Research and Development Director the post holder will support the development and delivering of the Trusts research strategy, delivery service and expansion of the research portfolio across clinical specialities. The post holder will ensure delivery of a high quality, customer focused service and support the research team to strengthen the research culture across the Trust. The post holder will liaise closely with key external stakeholders to support the Trusts research strategy including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Infrastructure and the University of Exeter.

  • Work across the Trust undertaking a key role in supporting research development and delivery in support of the Trust’s strategy in relation to research
  • Deputise for the R&D Director as required

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

Help us transform health outcomes!

Working at the cutting edge of health delivery the Research and Development Team at Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust support staff of all professions to discover better ways to prevent and treat ill health enabling people from across our community to benefit from research participation and people from across the world to benefit from our research outputs.

The team work very closely with the University of Exeter in a Joint Research Office with whom we also collaborate in an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility. The Trust has a thriving commercial portfolio with one of only five UK NIHR Patient Recruitment Centres and also delivers non-commercial research across all departments. 
We are looking for a Senior Manager to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

If you are an experienced operational manager with a proven track record, enthusiastic and tenacious with the passion to achieve goals and see things through, we think you should consider our role. 
Working closely with the Trusts R&D Director to deliver the research strategy, the post holder will provide expert leadership, management and operational oversight to the Trusts R&D function. You will liaise with internal and external key stakeholders to help grow the research portfolio and work with our regional partners to broaden research capacity across the region.

To deliver this role you can be based in Exeter or Barnstaple, there will be a requirement to visit the other site regularly and you may also want to work some of your time remotely. The Trust offers flexible working arrangements and secondments will be considered. We encourage interested candidates to be in contact to find out more about this role.

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 17.00

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Helen Quinn Research and Development Director and Clinical Director NIHR PRC Exeter on

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.


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