Deputy Programming Team Leader – Cancer and Genomic Sciences

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Deputy Programming Team Leader – Cancer and Genomic Sciences – 98816  (2200011M)

 

 

 

 

 

Position Details

Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU), Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, College of Medical & Dental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587.

Grade 8

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to 31 December 2023

Closing date: 28 August 2022

Prevous applicants need not re-apply

 

Background

The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) is one of the largest academic clinical trials units in the UK. The successful execution of each clinical trial involves structured clinical and trial-management data, and in this highly-regulated environment the clinical trial management systems required to collect and manage that data must be well-designed, well-constructed, fully validated, and well-maintained. This work is the responsibility of the CRCTU Programming Team.

Role Summary

The CRCTU Programming Team is engaged in the development, maintenance and support of the portfolio of clinical trial management systems and other data-driven applications that support the CRCTU’s research activity. The team comprises roles encompassing team leadership, software development, and database administration.

The Deputy Programming Team Leader will assist and deputise for the Programming Team Leader in the leadership, management and delivery of all aspects of the team’s activity, including:

  • Management of resources, projects and individuals
  • Technical expertise and guidance in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Responsibility for key development and modernisation projects in infrastructure and methodology
  • System development, documentation, and validation

The postholder will combine skills in software development, analysis, and written and spoken communication, with good leadership and teamwork, and an eye for detail, to assist in the management and delivery of solutions using (predominantly) ASP.NET WebForms and MS SQL Server technologies.  The postholder will also have a key role in the upgrade and modernisation of the CRCTU’s technical stack and system development process. The work involves collaboration with individuals from across the unit, including clinicians, trial coordinators, biostatisticians, quality control and administrative staff.

The postholder will report to the Programming Team Leader. While the overall purpose of the CRCTU is to produce academic output, this role is not an academic role.

Main Duties

The CRCTU Programming Team is engaged in the development, maintenance and support of the portfolio of clinical trial management systems and other data-driven applications that support the CRCTU’s research activity. The team comprises roles encompassing team leadership, software development, and database administration.

The Deputy Programming Team Leader will assist and deputise for the Programming Team Leader in the leadership, management and delivery of all aspects of the team’s activity, including:

  • Management of resources, projects and individuals
  • Technical expertise and guidance in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Responsibility for key development and modernisation projects in infrastructure and methodology
  • System development, documentation, and validation

The postholder will combine skills in software development, analysis, and written and spoken communication, with good leadership and teamwork, and an eye for detail, to assist in the management and delivery of solutions using (predominantly) ASP.NET WebForms and MS SQL Server technologies.  The postholder will also have a key role in the upgrade and modernisation of the CRCTU’s technical stack and system development process. The work involves collaboration with individuals from across the unit, including clinicians, trial coordinators, biostatisticians, quality control and administrative staff.

The postholder will report to the Programming Team Leader. While the overall purpose of the CRCTU is to produce academic output, this role is not an academic role.

Leadership, coordination and oversight

  • Assist in the leadership and management of a programming team responsible for the design, development, validation and maintenance of clinical trial management systems (CTMSs) and other infrastructural systems, to support the CRCTU’s research activity.
  • Lead on a number of technical projects, coordinating each project through its development lifecycle.
  • Oversee technical and managerial aspects of projects being led by System Developers within the team.
  • Manage responsibilities on several projects concurrently, and handling changes in circumstances that impact the prioritisation of such projects
  • Ensure software development projects conform with CRCTU strategy and operating procedures
  • Liaise with non-technical and technical stakeholders, both internal and external to the unit, including senior management
  • Take responsibility for project outcome, with particular regard to scope, timelines and quality standards.

Advice, support and innovation

  • Within the Programming Team:
    • Research and contribute significantly to the development of the team’s strategy, methodology, processes and quality standards.
    • Use in-depth and up-to-date specialist knowledge of informatics and software development within clinical research to advise, support and mentor other team members.
    • Keep abreast of relevant new technological advancements, assessing their benefit to the team. Advise how they might be adopted within future development projects to ensure that the team’s processes and output remain innovative and up-to-date with industry.
  • Outside of the Programming Team:
    • Understand and anticipate customer requirements, present alternative options where necessary, and ensure delivered solutions meet their needs.
    • Demonstrate high-level understanding of computing within the field of clinical research, whilst appreciating the integration of other technical specialties, such as medical statistics, and how they work together to contribute to the unit’s aims and objectives.
    • Contribute to the development of technical and software aspects of Quality Management documents, and to deliver training on those aspects.
    • Contribute significantly to the enhancement of the specialist services provided by the team for resolving issues in other areas of the unit, including data retrieval, data manipulation, data cleaning and business intelligence.
    • Be an authoritative voice in the application of systems development throughout CRCTU.
    • Understand how own specialist area relates to the strategic framework of the University. This includes enhancing the quality of research by providing comprehensive expert advice both internally within CRCTU and to other departments within the University.

Training, guidance and supervision

  • Line management responsibilities for the programming team with the Programming Team Leader.
  • Provide leadership to programming team members, using a broad knowledge of systems development and with sensitivity to the particular demands of systems development within a clinical research context.
  • Take responsibility for supervision of new members of the team, overseeing the progress of their project work to ensure conformance with the team’s operating procedures.
  • Help to cultivate the capability of the Programming Team by sharing knowledge and skills.
  • Deliver training (for technical and non-technical users, and via formal and informal sessions) in the operation of systems developed by the programming team.

Systems development and maintenance

  • Engage in all aspects of system development, including:
    • Planning and project management/oversight
    • Analysis, design, and specification
    • Build and enduser documentation
    • Development and execution of formal test plans
    • Supporting the user acceptance testing operation
    • System deployment
    • System maintenance, ensuring full validation status at each system change
  • Use specialist knowledge to provide effective analysis of project requirements and customer needs, and thus create comprehensive systems, specifications, and test plans.
  • Oversee and engage in iterative development/feedback cycles
  • Use Git-based version control for storage, tracking and collaboration on project files.
  • Take responsibility for the database administration operation group.
  • Contribute to maintenance of legacy systems developed using older technologies.

Other duties

  • Deputise for the Team Leader.
  • Engage in the recruitment of new team members at all levels, contributing significantly throughout the recruitment process.
  • Support the delivery of clinical research in accordance with GCP, the Declaration of Helsinki, applicable legislation (including, but not limited to, the Medicines for Human Use Clinical Trials Regulations, Data Protection Act 2018, Human Tissue Act), the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care, Caldicott principals, and applicable NHS Trust and University policies and procedures, (including, but not limited to the University’s Data Protection Policy, Information Security Policy and Code of Practice for Research) in order to protect the research subject and the quality of each study.
  • Carry out all duties within the standards and constraints of the University, unit and team operating procedures.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Line Manager applicable to the role.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent (ideally, but not necessarily in, computer science or a related discipline), and/or equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant experience.
  • Substantial experience in web systems and application development using ASP.NET (C#), HTML, CSS, XML and JavaScript.
  • Substantial experience in database development using relational database management systems, in particular Microsoft SQL Server and T-SQL.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development, with a good track record of acquiring new skills and maintaining an up-to-date understanding of informatics and relevant computing technologies.
  • Demonstrable understanding and application of object-oriented analysis, design and development.
  • Ability to analyse complicated problems and use expert understanding of the problem area and an appreciation for organisational strategy to recommend appropriate solutions. Ability to be authoritative in the application of such solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and concisely and to communicate with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Ability to write clearly for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ablility to engage clearly with both technical and non-technical collaborators.
  • Ability to present to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to provide effective review of the technical and written work of other team members.
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of system validation procedures and practices.
  • Well-developed project management skills (assessing scale, scope, timelines and prioritising work based on stakeholder requirements).
  • The ability to manage and oversee multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work to deadlines, both independently and within a team.
  • Ability to provide leadership, line management, supervision, support and guidance to other team members.
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Desirable

  • Experience in development of data systems, project management/monitoring systems.
  • Knowledge and experience of modern client-side and server-side web technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience of VBA and VB.NET for legacy maintenance projects.
  • Experience of working within the healthcare/clinical trials sector.
  • Experience of using various system development methodologies, such as waterfall and agile.

Further particulars can be found here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf

Informal enquires to Ian Nutt (email: i.nutt@bham.ac.uk)

 

 

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

 

Primary Location

 GB-GB-Birmingham

Work Locations

 

Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit, 1st Floor 
Robert Aitken Building, Vincent Drve The University of BirminghamEdgbaston
 Birmingham B15 2TT

Job

 Clerical/Administrative

Organization

 Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Schedule

 Temporary

 Full-time

Job Posting

 22.07.2022, 2:05:32 PM

Grade (for job description) Grade 8

Salary (Pay Basis)

 42,149.00

Maximum Salary

 56,587.00

Advert Close Date

 28.08.2022, 11:59:00 PM

Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.12.2023

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