Project Manager (Research)

  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF Number: 00050070
  • Consultant: Sarah Farrow
  • Contact: 0191 3706486
  • Date Published: 09.03.2021
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical
  • Location: Cambridge, East Anglia
  • Discipline: Biotechnology, Other, Research And Development

CK Group are working in partnership with Avacta to recruit for a Project Manager (Research) to join them at their site based in Cambridge on a permanent basis.

The Company:

Avacta is developing Affimer® bio-therapeutics to meet the growing demand for the next generation of drugs that will compete with monoclonal antibodies and other antibody mimetics, primarily in oncology. The Affimer technology is a novel protein scaffold based on thehuman protease inhibitor Stefin A. Key benefits of the Affimer technology are its small size, ease of formatting, high expression yields (even of large multimeric structures) and stability. Avacta are also developing a range of novel FAP-a activatedpro-drug chemotherapeutics (pre|CISION™ and TMAC™) that can be used as mono- or as combination therapies for the treatment of a wide range of cancers. Our first drug AVA6000, has recently being approved for clinical trials.


Avacta are conveniently in Cambridge, near Whittlesford Parkway station in state-of-the-art laboratories, offering an exciting and innovative environment where you will have the opportunity to develop your career.The Project Manager (Research) role:

In this role you will be responsible for the day-to-day project management and completion of in-house and partnered programmes with global partners. You will work as part of a growing team, working closely with the scientific project leaders to develop project plans and manage the delivery of those plans to time, cost and quality.

You will also be required to work with colleagues in administration, legal and finance to ensure costs are properly budgeted and recorded and third-party contracts are in place in line with our internal processes and procedures.

Your duties will include:

  • Project management of multiple projects, both internal and external
  • Chairing regular project meetingsand generating accurate minutes with actions and timelines for both internal meetings and external collaborations
  • Communicating the plan for the project, roles and responsibilities and interacting with cross functional teams in a productive, collaborative manner
  • Maintaining an up-to-date project plan (with clearly defined project risks, scope, resourcing, costing, goals timeframe and trackers) continuously checking project deliverables against budget and timelines
  • Supporting and organising core data and reports produced by the teams for data integrity and external data rooms
  • Working with the team leaders to build budgets for external CROs and ensure the appropriate contracts are in place
  • Identifying and managing external CROsfor specific projects
  • Guiding direction and agreeing on key decisions and deliverables; raising relevant issues to senior team members as required
  • Providing support for project members to ensure timely project deliverables
  • Co-ordinating and prioritising cross-departmental activities to assure momentum is maintained

Your Background:

The ideal candidate for this role will have/be:

  • Qualified to at least degree level in a life science subject with experience of working in a project management role in NHS, biotech, biopharma, CMO, CRO or clinical trials
  • Demonstrable strong track record in project management, excellent time management skills, organised and effective at prioritising workloads
  • Advanced IT skills, specifically in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Project)
  • A good understanding of the drug development process would be beneficial

You will be working with multi-functional teams, both inside and outside Avacta and therefore you will be required to work and communicate effectively. Being able to build strong working relationships and to collaborate and influence colleagues and partners is essential to the role. You will need to be self-sufficient and capable of working within a fast-paced environment where deadlines are critical.

Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

For more information or to apply for this Project Manager (Research) position, please contact Sarah Farrow on 0191 3706486 or email Please quote reference 50070.

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