Head of Translation Operations

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Part of Crick Operations.

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Key information

Job reference
From £64,000 per annum, subject to skills and experience (pro-rata for part time)
Applications closed
16 February 2023, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 26 January 2023
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Head of Translation Operations

Reports to: Translation Director

This is a full-time, permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment. Part time would be considered with a minimum of 0.8 FTE.



The Head of Translation Operations is a strategic position within the Translation Team to ensure delivery of the strategic objectives and achieve appropriate compliance and governance for the Crick.

Key responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Deliver the translation strategy of the Crick Institute with the Translation Director.
  • Write translation strategic documents, operational documents and internal and external communications for use by the Crick, the team and external audiences.
  • Lead the creation and delivery of planned internal and external Translation communications at the Crick, working closely with the Crick Communications team.
  • Write reports and briefings for use by the Director, Board and Executive.
  • Identify potential operational issues and advise and develop solutions to address them, working with Crick operational teams, scientists and external parties.
  • Continuous improvement of the structures and procedures to ensure effective operation of the translation team.
  • Lead the appropriate data archiving to deliver accurate data analysis for key translation activities, outputs and KPIs.
  • Oversight of the programme management of the proof of concept/ proof of mechanism translational projects under the Idea to Innovation (i2i) scheme, and Translation Fund.
  • Write the Funder’s reports and compile the ResearchFish outputs for Crick Translational grant activities. Work with funders of translational projects (MRC, LifeArc, Chris Banton Foundation) as necessary.
  • Accountable for the translation risk register.
  • Responsible for the effective management of Translation core budget working closely with the Crick finance team. Oversight of grant pre- and post-award processes, liaising with finance and grants teams as required.
  • Ensure effective liaison between institute operations and the translation team so that processes and activities are efficient and do not hinder the science.
  • Arrange team activities and practices to maintain an inclusive working environment
  • Responsible for translation team recruitment as needed, working closely with the Crick HR team.
  • Provide guidance and solutions to the team in relation to the appropriate procedures required by other Crick departments.

Team Structure

The role sits within the Translation team reporting to the Translation Director. Line management responsibility for the PA/Translation Programme Manager.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, open and collegial, in addition to the following:


Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Significant experience in strategic planning and development, within a scientific or research-focused organisation.
  • Highly adept at working within and across teams to facilitate team effectiveness
  • Experience working with senior teams, advising, and influencing senior individuals.
  • Experience of establishing and managing operational or governance structures
  • Extensive experience in research or education management in a research organisation.
  • Experience of budget, people management, and risk management.
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships, both internal and external.
  • Highly developed written and face-to-face communications skills with the ability to convey clear and compelling messages suitable for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to revise multiple drafts following both self-editing and feedback from reviewers; ability to tactfully resolve differing opinions of reviewers.
  • Experience of amassing and analysing information and proposing options and/or recommendations.
  • Excellent standards of accuracy, consistency and attention to detail.
  • Problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
  • Project and programme management skills
  • Deal tactfully at all levels of the organisation to resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to be curious, and flexible, working on a wide range of projects and tasks, including areas where he/she has little formal knowledge or background.
  • Graduate within a scientific discipline. PhD preferred.

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