Job description

Director of Research Operations

91 Park Drive, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RY, UK

Director of Research Operations 

Join a pioneering biotech with a collegial atmosphere and a passion for harnessing every individual’s unique set of skills in our fight against disease.

At Immunocore, we have a vision to transform the way we understand and treat the most challenging medical conditions of our time, including cancer, autoimmune disorders and infection. In January 2022, in the U.S., we launched the world’s first T-cell receptor therapy, built on a novel technology designed to overcome the limitations of our natural immune systems.

Joining us at the most exciting time in our history, you will be part of a team that values trust and innovation, and that cherishes different ways of thinking.


The role

Supports the Research department with all aspects of its functioning, including analytic support, portfolio management, strategic planning, communications, and implementation of key initiatives. 

Will also facilitate planning and meeting of business and delivery priorities, track action items from Research leader meetings, and manage non-portfolio research projects of strategic importance.  

Suggest and implement ways to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the research department.

Key responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with research leadership team and HR on training and development of research staff including:
    • Refine and complete the competency matrix for scientists
    • Develop and implement training for research scientists beyond that provided by HR such as collaborations initiation and management, scientific writing, and science-specific project leader/member training. Help mentor project team leaders. 
    • Work with research managers to help drive key leadership behaviors into the organization
    • Work with the research leadership team (RLT) to help shape the culture around collaborations and publications
  • Responsible for establishing a Research strategy for Research collaborations and alliances. Work with the Research scientists to drive new collaborations, especially with Oxford University.  
  • Establish best Research business practices and lead development of a Research business guide that will aide in proper on-boarding of new researchers
  • Serve as a member of the RLT. Work with the RLT chairs (Head of Research and Chief Technology Officer) to help plan and facilitate RLT meetings and ensure follow-through on key actions.  Contribute to the development of a strong and coherent Research leadership team. 
  • Work in collaboration with EHS to establish user-friendly systems to address safety requirements such as COSHH reporting and consistent safety oversight across different research labs.
  • Support management of non-portfolio Research projects of strategic importance including reporting, tracking and monitoring of progress. Assist project leaders in developing project plans and assessing resource needs. 
  • Work with the Head of Research and the Chief Technology Officer on Research strategy, functional capacity, and resource planning. Suggest and develop ways to assess Research productivity and efficiency.
  • Participate on the site leadership team.
  • Supervise and develop the research operations manager to assume successor role.
  • Help facilitate information flow within the Research department



  • Competitive compensation
  • Private medical and dental benefits.
  • 25 days Annual Leave and Bank Holidays
  • 4x Salary Life Insurance
  • 5% Pension Match
  • Income Protection
  • Parental Leave

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