Associate Medical Director

Ref: 5986

British Heart Foundation

The BHF offices are based in Greater London House, London NW1 7AW. BHF have adopted a flexible working model where employees can work both in the office as well as at home.

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Role Managed by:

Tanmay Kumar

Research Associate

Primary Practice Group: Academic Medicine and Health Sciences

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 22/08/2022

Formal Interview Date: Monday 12 September

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is one of the UK’s leading medical research charities. We are the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK and one of the biggest in the world.

Our pioneering research transforms the lives of millions of people in the UK and across the world. We fund around £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors. We are supporting research projects but also strategic investments including the Centres of Research Excellence, Centres of Regenerative Medicine, the BHF Data Science Centre, Accelerator Awards and a £30m Big Beat Challenge. By 2030, we want to see advances across the spectrum of heart and circulatory diseases; we want to prevent these conditions from developing, and we want those with existing conditions to have better, longer lives. Our vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases

The BHF’s Medical Directorate is investing in cardiovascular research and innovation, supporting and involving patients and the public, and influencing to save and improve lives. To undertake this the Directorate is structured into four teams: Research, Clinical & Healthcare, Policy & Influencing and Insights & Impact and also has an Operations team. 

The BHF is now seeking to appoint a new Associate Medical Director, a senior position within the Research team of the Medical Directorate. The primary function of the role is to provide leadership for our research funding activities. The role also includes liaising with the research community and taking a lead on specific funding initiatives, which may include interactions with and working in partnership with external organisations. You will also act, where appropriate, as a spokesperson for the BHF, and will engage with and support appropriate activities across the BHF. As part of the Senior Leadership Team of the Medical Directorate, the Associate Medical Director will contribute to the development and delivery of the Directorate’s research and overall strategy, and the evaluation of the impact of our work.

The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of cardiovascular science and substantial expertise in cardiovascular research, with a strong record of grant funding and an internationally recognised track record of scientific achievement. They will have experience of leadership and management in University environments and experience on editorial boards of scientific journals, research grant committees, and executive boards of professional societies. The appointee will have knowledge and understanding of the BHF and of the importance of research to our mission.

The BHF offices are based in Greater London House, London NW1 7AW. BHF have adopted a flexible working model where employees can work both in the office as well as at home. This position is available on a full-time basis or a part-time appointment of minimum 0.6 FTE. We are open to considering an appointment on a secondment basis or being employed directly by BHF.

More information about the BHF, this opportunity and how to apply can be downloaded from quoting reference 5986.

The deadline for applications is 9am BST Monday 22nd August. Applications will be considered by the Search Committee in late August. The final interviews and assessments are likely to take place on Monday 12th September. 

The British Heart Foundation is being supported in this appointment process by executive search firm Perrett Laver. For a conversation in confidence, please contact Research Associate, Tanmay Kumar at who can also arrange a conversation with the BHF Medical Director.

British Heart Foundation is a registered Charity in England and Wales (225971) and in Scotland (SC039426) Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 699547.