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Research Manager (Diabetes Research Steering Groups)

Job Introduction

We have a vision where people live well and longer with diabetes and to cure or prevent diabetes. As a Research Manager, you will join an exciting and busy team with a strong reputation for supporting high quality diabetes research. The role supports the Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs) which bring together researchers, healthcare professionals and people affected by diabetes, who together identify areas of unmet need and ways to stimulate research in these areas. The DRSGs are central to the delivery of the Diabetes UK organisational and research strategies and are critical to ensuring the diabetes research taking place in the UK has the most impact and is informed by the needs of people affected by diabetes.

Interview Date(s): 10 & 11 February 2022

Role Responsibility

As part of this role, you will lead the delivery of the DRSGs and their associated fora, with support from the Research Officer. You will support the DRSG members, who work to strategically identify priority research areas and find ways to stimulate research in these areas. You will lead the development and improvement of the involvement and participation of people with diabetes within the work of the DRSGs. As part of this role, you will work across the organisational strategic outcomes to take collaborate with colleagues on DRSG research priorities identified, build relationships with the research community, relevant research funders, and other organisations.

The Ideal Candidate

As a Research Manager, you will have a BSc in biomedical sciences, and will be looking to establish a career in patient driven research.  You will have an understanding of the medical research funding landscape in the UK, how this is applied to a clinical setting and of the interfaces between research funding organisations and the academic sector. In addition, you will be confident in developing and maintaining excellent relationships and networking with a range of experts. Excellent organisation and communication skills are vital, as is an ability to work as part of a team.  You will have some project management and task/managerial experience, be able to work in a busy office environment, show confidence when working under pressure, be able to manage multiple work streams, as well as being able to work independently.

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.  You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

 If you have any questions, please contact HRAdvice@diabetes.org.uk   

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK


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