The role

Technical innovation and community engagement

  • Leading the development and delivery of technology services coordinating across technology leaders from around the Institute.
  • Leading on community-developed standards and APIs that promote interoperability and federation of data, technology, governance and analysis.
  • Championing user-centred design through collaboration with HDR UK’s Research Driver Programmes and wider research community.
  • Developing a deep understanding of the needs of the health data research community across academia, industry and the NHS.
  • Developing strong and enduring relationships with relevant technology leads across partner Trusted Research Environments.

Health Data Research Innovation Gateway development and operations

  • Leading the evolution and enhancements of the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway and coordinating supporting infrastructure partnerships to improve the secure access and utility of UK health data for research and innovation.
  • Line management of in-house Technology Services Ecosystem team.

Organisational leadership

  • Accountable to the Institute Director for the delivery of the programme, including budget management.
  • Review HDR UK’s strategic opportunities and projects to ensure they conform with a consistent enterprise architecture and provide specialist input to projects to ensure the quality of project deliverables.
  • Act as a thought leader, championing HDR UK’s mission, research and projects in appropriate technology and health data science related fora and conferences.
  • Support and deputise for the Institute Director as required.

Who we’re looking for

An exceptional technology leader with outstanding communication and collaboration skills evidenced by:


  • Demonstrable evidence of delivery of multiple successful major technology projects, collaboratively within a complex ecosystem.
  • Evidence of developing partnerships and co-creating standards and ways of working that transcend organisational boundaries.


  • Authoritative knowledge and understanding of enterprise architecture concepts, agile system development project management, and open source.
  • In depth understanding of the architecture and requirements needed for Digital Research Infrastructures that support data analysis.
  • A good understanding of health data domain and its challenges and opportunities.


  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire and lead others at all levels and to explain concepts without technical jargon.
  • Inclusive leader with the ability to build consensus across a range of potentially competing views.
  • Experienced in leading a team of direct and in-direct reports.
  • Experienced in managing contractual relationships and partnerships.
  • Confidence to work under pressure to deliver effective and high-quality outputs.
  • Business analysis skills.
  • Ability to work with HDR UK legal team to ensure compliance with prevailing information security and data management standards

We are working with Goodman Masson to recruit this role. For an informal discussion in the first instance please contact Megan Dack

To view the full Job Pack, including the full list of role responsibilities and requirements, please click the link below. 

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