26 Jan 2021

Fixed-term Establishment Manager – Clinical Research Services

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. As the country’s largest and most comprehensive university, the University of Auckland conducts teaching and research across eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.

Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute was the University’s first Large Scale Research Institute. It is a world-leading centre for translational research on fetal and child health, the impact of nutrition on health throughout life, genomic and epigenomic regulation of growth and development and clinical trials in maternal and perinatal health. The Institute is home to a number of highly specialised clinical research services, including trial coordination and follow up, a clinical research unit, as well as the University’s Clinical Research Data Platform.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

With continued expansion, the opportunity has arisen to appoint an experienced change specialist to help establish world-class Clinical Research services for the university of Auckland, hosted by the Institute.

Two Year Fixed-Term Contract

Reporting to the Institute Operations Manager, this newly established role is key to bringing our clinical research services together into one combined service offering, providing a seamless and high-quality service to university-wide researchers and external clients.

The Establishment Manager – Clinical Research Services will provide strategic leadership for the establishment of Clinical Research services including the development of the University’s Clinical Research Data Platform. They will also drive engagement and use of the platform throughout the University.

Some key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Strategy and Planning including developing scalable and efficient strategies for continued consistent results and growth. This also includes implementation of these strategies and processes to enable development, promotion and running of clinical research services hosted at the Liggins Institute.
  • Lead Continuous Improvement by proactively reviewing work processes and liaising with relevant staff to implement improvements that enable a shift to best practice delivery of clinical research services.
  • Staff Leadership including leadership, mentoring and direction for professional staff in clinical research services and encourage behaviours aligned to the development and maintenance of a culture that is inclusive, flexible, supportive, collaborative and which encourages excellence
  • Operational Leadership including initial contribution to and review and oversight of operations and management committees, governance meetings and delivery of agreed services across the University and with external clients.
  • Stakeholder Management including responsibility for the growing the awareness and reputation of the service among relevant internal and external client groups.
  • Health and Safety Leadership

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidate will have a strong background in developing and establishing systems supporting world-class clinical research. They will have a strong knowledge of clinical research service delivery and leadership of clinical research services in multidisciplinary teams. You will also demonstrate solid knowledge and application of best practice in clinical research and Good Clinical Practice (GCP), as well as strong financial and budget management. Experience managing change, developing new clinical research services and working collaboratively is also valuable in this role.

For more detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please review the Position Description.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

In the Liggins Institute, you will enjoy a close-knit, high performing culture, driven by a shared vision to understand how early life events impact lifelong health. As Liggins Institute Director Professor Frank Bloomfield says, one of the great things about working at the Liggins Institute is that it “feels like a family”. In addition, you will enjoy working with some high-profile Researchers (find out more here) and contribute to research that is truly life changing for future generations. You can hear more about working at the Liggins Institute in the video below.

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • 6.75% superannuation scheme

For more information please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Additional Information

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 and include an up to date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Josh Chapman – j.chapman@auckland.ac.nz


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz.

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Wednesday, 10th February, 2021

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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