Chief Operating Officer

London (Greater)
23 Nov 2018
14 Jan 2019
Job Type

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is establishing a National Cardiovascular Clinical Research Collaborative (BHF-CRC) to support the conduct of excellent clinical research in cardiovascular medicine and surgery in the UK. The network will provide an infrastructure to facilitate, enhance and coordinate the current clinical research efforts of existing cardiovascular and surgical societies and clinical study groups, all of which have pledged their support and many of which are supported by patient groups. The network will:

(i) identify and prioritise clinical research questions, 

(ii) develop robust and integrated study proposals,

(iii) engage and mobilise clinicians in clinical research conduct, and

(iv) enthuse, educate and enhance UK cardiovascular clinical research capacity and capability. The ultimate beneficiaries will be patients and health services both in the UK and worldwide through the development of high quality research-driven evidence that will inform clinical practice.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the BHF-CRC. The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) will host the BHF-CRC on behalf of all the affiliated societies and clinical study groups. The post holder will be employed by the BCS and will be based at their offices at Fitzroy Square, London. The position is available for 3 years in the first instance.

The COO will be responsible for establishing, developing and leading the network in partnership with the part-time Clinical Lead and will be accountable to an Oversight Board established by the BHF, though on a day-to-day basis will report in to the BCS CEO at an operational level. The COO will engage with key stakeholders at senior levels within the BHF, BCS and Affiliated Societies. They will need to demonstrate strong leadership and project management skills, ensuring targets are met in line with strategic goals and timelines set. The post holder will also need to be technically knowledgeable as they will be responsible for the development and delivery of a website and database to support the network and its outputs.

The post holder will have strong team working and interpersonal skills and an ability to build strong service relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders. They will have excellent (verbal and written) communication, planning and time management skills with proven ability to prioritise work and manage conflicting deadlines.

The COO will be responsible for managing a full-time Committee administrator in addition to a web-site designer in the earlier set up stage of the network.

As the COO will be leading on the development of this network from its inception, they will have a real opportunity to contribute and help shape this network in support of the development and delivery of high quality clinical research in cardiovascular medicine. 

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in management and leadership of a high profile project, work programme or function at a similar senior executive level, ideally in an academic, membership, charity, healthcare environment, or the not-for-profit sector. Some knowledge of cardiovascular disease would be an asset.

For more information about the role and BCS benefits please see the role description and person specification.

A full job description is available below

Applications are by covering letter and CV via the the form below. 

Closing date for applications: 5PM Monday 14th January 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by close of business on Friday 18th January 2019

Interview date: 1st interviews will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th January 2019

2nd round interviews will be held on the afternoon of Monday 4th February 2019