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Senior Manager: Digital Equity

Posted: 22 Jul 2021 Closes: 5 Aug 2021
London Negotiable
Permanent & Full-time R-000402_1626967999

Wellcome supports science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.

We support discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we're taking on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate.

Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation, funded by a £29.1 billion investment portfolio.

Our strategy includes grant funding, advocacy campaigns and partnerships to find solutions for today's urgent health challenges.


Technology is not neutral. Who builds it, what it does, how it's made and how people using and affected by it are involved are central to making sure the benefits of digital technology in science and health are experienced equitably.

The Senior Manager: Digital Equity is responsible for the Data for Science and Health (DSH) team's work to improve the inclusivity and reach of data science and digital tools. They'll do this by leading a team to understand, engage with and support communities relevant to data science that advances the strategies of Wellcome's Health Challenges of Infectious Disease, Mental Health and Climate Change and the broad base of Discovery Research.

They will be part of the DSH senior management team and act as the main interface with other managers in Wellcome's Research Programmes department on matters related to digital equity.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of multi-disciplinary experts to set, support and advance a common agenda for advancing digital equity in science and health by understanding, engaging with and supporting relevant communities These communities include: data subjects: patients and people about whom data are captured; data collectors: healthcare professionals and scientists involved in capturing data and data users: researchers; research software engineers and data scientists.

  • Manage the interface between the Digital Equity team and other teams in Research Programmes: generously sharing expertise and developing productive relationships, a mutual understanding of priorities and shared objectives aligned with the strategies of the Health Challenges and Discovery Research.

  • Oversee delivery of the Understanding Patient Data Program and Wellcome's Data Prizes.

  • Oversee and prioritise allocation of the team's time and budget to advance the shared objectives of the Research Programmes team.

  • Draw on appropriate expertise and data from across physical, biological, social sciences, humanities, industry and other funders to develop a strategic view of the landscape of communities relevant to digital equity issues in Wellcome's strategy, and act on opportunities.

  • Oversee the funding of projects and programs through effective design and execution of mechanisms in including RfPs, contracts, competitions, funding calls and discretionary awards, with hands-on work shaping and reviewing material as needed.

  • Convene a data science community of practice in Wellcome to build capacity and support professional development around the effective funding and use of data science to advance Wellcome's mission and create mutual visibility around and common approaches to key areas of work on digital technology and policy.

  • Advocate for Wellcome and the role of trustworthy data science in achieving the organisation's strategy at national and international levels, identifying and pursuing opportunities for the DSH team to provide leadership and influence decision making.

  • Build, manage, lead and motivate an integrated, inclusive and flexible team, ensuring that people with the right range of skills and experience are recruited and retained, and that their skills and professional capabilities are maximised.

  • Play an active leadership role in the Data for Science and Health senior management team.

  • Set and monitor quarterly Objectives and Key Results for the DSH team

  • Be the owner of the risk and control environment for your area and be accountable for the quality of you and your team's outputs

Skills and Experience:

  • Good knowledge of the current state of and trends in digital technologies in science and health research and practice internationally.

  • Demonstrable understanding of issues relating to uses of scientific and health-relevant data and building trustworthy digital systems around them.

  • Experience of designing and interpreting public attitudes and engagement work.

  • Experience building, leading and managing teams with a culture of mutual trust, psychological safety and effective delivery against clear objectives.

  • Experience designing and delivering complex programs of work in large organisations

  • Experience / knowledge of working with and running projects with universities, funders and other relevant scientific and research organisations and communities  

If you are interested in the role, please make sure when submitting your application, you attach your CV and complete the questionnaire form.

Salary: circa £84,000.00

Contract Type: Permanent

Advert closing date: 15th August

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at .

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