University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Oxford Cancer Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)

Oxford Cancer Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)

Department of Oncology, Oxford Cancer, New Richards Building, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LA

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Operations Manager to join Oxford Cancer, a city-wide research initiative and partnership between Oxford University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance and the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We seek to harness Oxford's world-leading cancer research from our growing network of 1,000+ members who are working in cancer-related fields. This network covers a range of disciplines, all with the core aim of facilitating collaboration to ensure rapid translation of scientific discovery to treatments for patients. An important part of Oxford Cancer's activity is the establishment and management of laboratories, services and facilities used by a variety of cancer researchers working on cutting edge, innovative and high impact projects. Collaborators include academics at Oxford and across the UK, as well as commercial and industry partners.

This post will involve managing a team of 4 administrators and managers responsible for and delivering Oxford Cancers training; patient and public involvement; pump prime funding; communications; events, symposia and workshops; and governance objectives. This post is an exciting opportunity for someone who is keen to work in a leadership role for a world leading research centre, and who would be motivated to help find solutions so the Oxford Cancer runs efficiently and effectively. A positive and flexible attitude is important, with a pro-active approach to the role.

This post is a maternity cover for 15 months and is offered full-time based at Department of Oncology, Oxford Cancer, New Richards Building, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LA.

About you

You will be educated to A-level or equivalent with professional qualifications in project management (such as PRINCE2), and experience of prior management or organisational operational roles. You will have a track record leading the delivery of scientific events as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills with professional experience of delivering complex administrative processes. You will have the ability to show independent initiative and excellent problem-solving abilities in resource and time constrained environments. You will demonstrable capabilities for independent management of concurrent projects of varying importance/urgency with stakeholders including a range of senior and junior academics and administrators. Experience of setting standards/best practices in a scientific administrative setting and experience of being point of contact for external academic, funding and commercial partners will be advantageous.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days annual leave inclusive of bank holidays
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs
  • Application Process

    Applications for this vacancy need to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement (setting out how you meet the selection criteria), a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. Informal Enquiries about this role can be made to Michael Youdell at [email protected] or Sophie De Gouveia at [email protected]. Only applications received by 12:00pm on Thursday 23 May 2024 will be considered.

    Committed to equality and valuing diversity

    Contact Person : HR Officer Vacancy ID : 172232 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 23-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 per annum (pro rata for part time)

    Job details


    Oxford Cancer Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    May 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 23, 2024

    Job type



    Biology,Chemistry,Business and Economics,Medicine

    About the employer

    The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

    There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

    The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

    Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

    Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

    It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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