PG-25 - ICT for Health Senior Programme Manager

Job title: 
Senior Programme Manager
Job type: 
Job description: 

Whole Time / Specified Purpose Contract

Purpose of the Role

The successful candidate will be a member of the Strategic Programmes team responsible for developing and delivering key aspects of the overall strategy of the Tyndall National Institute.

Reporting to the Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes, the successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for management of a portfolio of engagements between Tyndall and strategic industry, clinical and/or academic partners in sectors including diagnostics (in vitro and in vivo), connected health (including wearable technologies for monitoring health and wellbeing), therapeutics (including smart drug delivery systems), cardio/neuro (including neuromodulation and electroceuticals), surgical devices (including smart surgical instruments and minimally invasive devices), and advanced manufacturing (for both medtech and biopharma).
  • Partner with Tyndall Commercial team, senior management, Principal Investigators (PIs) and the research community of hosted research centres in Tyndall, to support execution of technology commercialisation programmes in strategic health applications.
  • Support the Head of ICT for Health to develop sector strategies and drive Strategic Programmes in Health including the development and execution of technology roadmaps and liaising with relevant stakeholders including representatives of Government departments, funding agencies, industry organisations, multinational, indigenous companies and clinical groups.
  • Expand Tyndall’s network of national/international collaborators
  • Provide “needs-driven research challenges and targets” to Tyndall research groups promoting a culture of innovation aligned to commercial opportunities as elaborated by industry partners, ensuring that all design activities adhere to relevant Quality System Regulations and design control and risk management requirements.
  • Provide leadership to the ICT for Health Programme engineering team
  • Establish and support externally-funded research activities.
  • Work with the staff within Tyndall to maintain output quality levels (as defined by Tyndall KPIs) at high and improving levels 

Key Responsibilities

  • To significantly increase the quantity, quality and impact of industry-related health programmes/projects within Tyndall.
  • To direct project management, execution and technology transfer functions for Tyndall’s industry-facing programmes in health.
  • To provide a technical liaison function to Tyndall’s industrial and academic partners in targeted areas of expertise in the area of technologies for health.
  • To assist, as required, with business development and client interaction/new business generation activities relating to Tyndall Strategic Programmes in Health.
  • To coordinate, develop and manage selected industry R&D programmes (under Tyndall’s ISO9000 Quality Management System).
  • To actively participate in sourcing appropriate funding to develop and manage a team of engineers, researchers and project managers to deliver professional, large-scale and sustainable, industry-focused research.
  • To support researchers, programme and project managers to:
    • plan, design and manage complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-group research projects t
    • develop innovative technology platforms based on relevant expertise and facilities available across all Tyndall Centres and within relevant Tyndall strategic academic or industry partners.
    • Provide effective liaison between Tyndall Principal Investigators, researchers and industry clients to ensure appropriate resources and expertise are in place for the timely delivery of state-of-the-art technology platforms.
    • To manage liaison between:
      • PIs, industry clients and internal Tyndall/UCC offices re preparation, pricing and negotiation of proposals and contracts
      • PIs and internal Business Units re management of budgets.
      • industry clients and internal Tyndall/UCC offices re issues relating to IP/patenting and commercial exploitation.
      • Develop and implement structures and processes for the professional engagement with industry encompassing:
        • Identification of large-scale, high impact opportunities.
        • Contact with target clients and affiliate organisations.
        • Development of statements of work (SOW), proposals with appropriate resourcing of staff, expertise and facilities.
        • Management of contract negotiation and IP agreements.
        • Efficient management and execution of projects to deliver on-time and within budget.
        • Regular liaison with clients to discuss/review progress and address any changes/slippages to the work programme.
        • Work with PIs and other commercialisation and business development managers and external agencies (i.e. SFI, IDA, Enterprise Ireland) to identify suitable industry clients (based on the synergy between Tyndall’s research strategy and client technology roadmaps), and arrange targeted visits/discussions with relevant Tyndall researchers.
        • Follow-up and build strong commercial relationships as appropriate.
        • Identify and establish synergies for collaboration with industry across the entire Institute.
        • Develop and maintain technical expertise on advances and innovations in relevant research, products, patents, market trends and technology/industry roadmaps.
        • Facilitate the dissemination of research results to research partners, to scientific and engineering communities and to the Tyndall PR/Marketing function.

Criteria - Essential

  • A degree in science or engineering
  • Minimum 10 years in industry including R&D Programme/Project Management.
  • Experience of transferring ICT-related technology and/or devices from R&D to manufacturing, and/or commercialisation of technology/products.
  • Experience in defining strategic direction for technology teams.
  • Strong technical competence related to ICT for Health applications in medtech and/or biopharma.
  • Experience in project management in academia and/or industrial environments.
  • Experience in personnel management including R&D team management.
  • Track record of customer management and development.
  • Demonstrated strong communication & negotiation skills.

Criteria - Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualification in technology and/or business
  • Experience in competing for industry/national/EU funding programmes

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Paul Galvin, Head of ICT for Health. Email

Appointment may be made on the Grade 7 (Admin I) Scale (new entrants) €68,117 - €89,009 pa.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

To apply, please click here to download and complete the application form and return, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Candidates should apply, in confidence by emailing a completed application form together with cv and motivation letter to .  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process click here.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Date posted: 
Reference number: 
ICT for Health Senior Programme Manager
Minimum experience: 
over 10 years
Functional area:
Strategic Programmes
Contact name: 
Paul Galvin,,
Project name: 
ICT for Health Strategic Programmes
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