Strategic Evaluation and Impact Manager

Project Management Office
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Full time

Closing Date:

25 June 2024

Job Title: Strategic Evaluation and Impact Manager 
Location: London 
Job Type: Permanent 

Agencies: We will only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

Are you passionate about making life science life changing and delivering impact for patients?   We want to hear from you.

About the role:

Improving the quality of life for patients is the ultimate goal of what we do at LifeArc.  Impact is a programme of activity to embed in our day-to-day practices, a conscious and purposeful approach to planning for and monitoring, evaluating and communicating the contributions, outcomes and long-term impacts of our work. We are looking for an experienced and passionate leader to deliver this framework.  This is a senior and influential position reporting to the Head of Project Management Office Operations (PMO Ops).  You will lead the continued implementation of our impact monitoring and evaluation framework, working with our strategic portfolios (Translational Challenges) and extending this across the organisation.  This role is vital in ensuring we have the evidence and insights we need to inform strategic decisions, drive continuous improvement, and both achieve and articulate our vision for impact.

About you:

You will work with colleagues across LifeArc to help them embed impact planning, monitoring and evaluation into our organisational culture.  This will include:

  • Providing leadership of impact and evaluation, acting as a champion for impact and building strong relationships and networks across the organisation.
  • Leading the ongoing implementation of our monitoring and evaluation framework that will shape LifeArc’s approach to measuring, capturing, and reporting impact.
  • Ensuring that monitoring and evaluation continues to be embedded into our systems and processes, including PMO systems, project management documentation, change management toolkit and finance reporting.
  • Continue to review and monitor analytics and reporting processes, procedures, and associated documents, implementing or making recommendations for change as appropriate.
  • Develop our data capture, monitoring, analysis and reporting infrastructure to provide the organisation with timely and effective insights that will allow us to assess our progress against our strategic priorities and organisational theory of change.
  • Ensuring organisational understanding, capacity, and capability for delivering against impact through:
    1. Providing employee training and development.
    2. Providing evaluation expertise to teams through 1:1 support, advice, and guidance.
  • Drive the generation of regular impact reports by working with others across the organisation.
  • Developing effective working relationships internally and externally to help understand and evaluate our impact, including supporting corporate communications to share the impact of our work through our annual impact report and other publications.
  • You will have good understanding of the research landscape, including research impact. 
  • You will have the ability to synthesise complex information in a way that is accessible and meaningful for many different audiences.
  • You will understand how to interpret, model and visualise data using a variety of experiences and techniques.
  • You will be able consider the LifeArc context and ensure pragmatic application of monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • You will have a comprehensive knowledge of research and/or evaluation methodologies with a wealth of knowledge and experience of evaluation approaches; preferably with experience of embedding approaches of impact measurement into a complex organisation or programmes including charity, higher education and/or pharmaceutical sectors and using learning to bring about tangible change within an organisation.
  • You will provide credible leadership to our team and our partners and embed a culture of evaluation/impact.  
  • You will have a comprehensive understanding of change management methodologies and its application and be able to demonstrate experience of effecting change within organisations.
  • You will be a confident and dynamic change maker who is able to deliver at both the strategic and operational levels. 
  • You will motivate, guide and develop staff to achieve impact in line with strategic goals and priorities.
  • You will be innovative and enjoy collaborating on initiatives to achieve our, and our partners ambitions.  You will be a facilitator and natural collaborator, with excellent management skills. 
  • You will have strong interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships quickly across the organisation and with external partners/collaborators.
  • You will display effective communication skills including the ability to communicate complex information to non-specialists, especially engaging and influencing effectively with senior stakeholders internally and externally.
  • You will be independent and responsible for your own work, to lead and deliver at both a strategic and operational level.
  • You will report to the Head of PMO Operations and work closely with your colleagues in the PMO team and the wider organisation.


  • Educated to at least degree level.



  • A postgraduate degree that is relevant to this area, such as social sciences (evaluation) and or biomedical (research).
  • Qualification in project and/or change management, or equivalent experience.
  • Training in evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and / or equivalent relevant experience of working in impact/research impact.


Experience and skills required:

Monitoring and evaluation  

  • Experience of combining quantitative and qualitative data analysis to drive better decisions and tell the story of how research can impact people’s lives. 
  • Excellent understanding of a broad range of evaluation methodologies along with qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and reporting.  
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a research-intensive organisation. 
  • Experience of collecting and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data. 
  • Experience of communicating evaluation and insights to a wide audience through a range of channels and formats including presentations, reports and blogs, conferences, podcasts and social media


Leading and influencing  

  • Experience of leading organisational change and influencing others, working at a senior level in a related sector.  



  • Experience of conducting/undertaking impact evaluations including to assess and understand the impact of research. 
  • Knowledge of impact strategy development, implementation and evaluation. 
  • Experience of working in a medical charity and/or a research-intensive organisation would be an advantage. 
  • Experience of involving patients and public in research and evaluation activities. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of project and programme management. 
  • Good working knowledge of database design and reporting. 


About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 

What we can offer you:

Focused on finding life changing solutions for underserved patients, our people thrive in an inclusive, and supportive environment that prioritises their health and wellbeing. Our multidisciplinary approach guarantees our people growth opportunities, while our culture of innovation and collaboration drives the impact we make delivering on our purpose of ‘putting patients at the centre of everything we do’. 

We are dedicated to creating a diverse, flexible, equitable and happy work environment so our colleagues can thrive as their truest selves. We act with courage, curiosity, care & commitment to deliver quality & excellence for our patients and each other Join us, and you’ll be given the scope to develop your professional skills and experience in a safe, supportive and challenging environment

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds, for example, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At LifeArc we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate, and you may be just right for this or other roles. 

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it.

Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer. Find our more information about opportunities for all at LifeArc here. We only work with preferred recruitment suppliers and will not engage with speculative CVs supplied. Note that the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role

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