View Vacancy -- Programme Manager - Drug Development - NC3Rs 83

Open Date
18/01/2016, 11:00
Close Date
12/02/2016, 23:55
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is an independent scientific organisation, tasked by Government with supporting the UK science base through the application of the 3Rs (the replacement of animal experiments with alternatives, reduction in the number of animals used, and refinement of procedures and animal husbandry to minimise suffering).

The NC3Rs funds high quality research which has the potential to reduce animal use and/or improve animal welfare, develops 3Rs information resources and guidelines, and organises symposia and workshops. It has a range of stakeholders including academic and industry scientists, research funders, regulators, government, veterinarians and animal care staff, the public and the media. See for more information.
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MRC - 3
£37,024 - £43,520 plus London allowances
London Allowances - £4,777 per annum
Fixed Term
Full Time
2 years

The NC3Rs has a long-standing collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and this is a new post to support the evolution of the partnership, focusing on the 3Rs in drug development. The post is funded by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) for two years and complements other roles in the NC3Rs including the existing APBI-funded post which focuses on disease models, safety pharmacology and efficacy.

The Programme Manager will work closely with companies and regulatory bodies. The primary role will be to initiate and lead specific 3Rs programmes relating to the use of animals in drug development. This will include leading expert working groups; organising workshops and other events; data collation and analysis; and preparing papers for publication.

Additional responsibilities will include (as appropriate), supporting the NC3Rs Chief Executive with policy and strategy development; representing the NC3Rs at various events nationally and internationally; horizon scanning for scientific, business and regulatory developments and drivers relevant to the 3Rs; and advising on research requirements relevant to the 3Rs in drug development which may be supported through the NC3Rs funding schemes and open innovation programme CRACK IT.

The post is within the NC3Rs Innovation and Translation Group and the ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.

Education, qualifications and training


  • PhD in a biological science, ideally toxicology.

Previous work experience


  • First-hand experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry or contract research environment. 


  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment for pharmaceuticals.


Animals in research


  • Excellent understanding of the use of animals in drug development.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs.


Influencing and communication skills


  • Proven ability to influence at high level and to represent the NC3Rs externally in a range of forums.
  • Wide range of industry contacts.
  • Excellent communicator both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with complex and sensitive issues with a wide range of stakeholders.

Problem Solving Skills


  • Ability to identify, analyse and propose solutions to varied/ complex problems.




  • Significant degree of independence.


Organisational skills


  • Excellent organisational skills and management of a varied workload.


Team player


  • Excellent inter-personal skills and team player.




  • Excellent IT skills and ability to use computerised systems, including databases.


Based in central London, the Programme Manager will report to Dr Vicky Robinson, NC3Rs Chief Executive. A service agreement exists between the NC3Rs and the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Programme Manager will be appointed to MRC band 3 level with immediate secondment to the NC3Rs.

There will be no formal staff management responsibilities but the post holder will be expected to oversee work delegated to junior staff.

The successful candidate will be subject to security checks. 

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

This opportunity is closed to applications.