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Grants Manager for Major Awards



Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

JOB TITLE: Grants Manager for Major Awards

JOB LOCATION: Central London, EC4

SALARY: Starting salary from £50,000 (depending on experience) plus excellent company benefits including private healthcare, great pension, and company bonus

WORKING PATTERN: Hybrid working with 2 days a week in the Office


Founded in 1925, the Leverhulme Trust supports research and education with an annual budget of £120 million, making it one of the UK's largest research funders across all subjects.

Job Purpose:

The Grant Manager for Major Awards oversees pre- and post-award administration of significant grant schemes, focusing on Leverhulme Research Centres, International Professorships, Doctoral Scholarships, and Research Leadership Awards. Existing investment in these schemes is around £200m. Additionally, the Grant Manager will assist the Assistant Director in managing pre-award peer review processes and preparing Trust Board papers.

Key Deliverables:

  • Manage relationships with academia at all levels.
  • Coordinate major Trust Awards and assist other grant schemes.
  • Prepare and coordinate papers for Trust Board and Expert Panels.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain links with awardees and manage grant rounds.
  • Report to the Trust Board on these schemes, including drafting and oral presentation of papers.
  • Monitor progress on these schemes, including undertaking university and site visits, as appropriate.
  • Assist in pre-award processing and obtaining peer review.
  • Undertake strategy and project work as required.


Effective communication with Trustees and academics is essential, including clear writing, confident oral presentations, and proficient use of office IT systems.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • Higher degree, preferably doctorate level.
  • Relevant years of research environment experience.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience.
  • Flexibility, excellent communication and decision-making skills.
  • Good numeracy skills, including the ability to produce statistical data, analyse and interpret financial information, such as post-award budgets and forecasts.
  • Integrity in handling sensitive scientific, personal and financial information
  • Proficiency in IT systems and attention to detail.


  • Postgraduate qualification in a science-related area.
  • Understanding/experience of peer review processes.
  • Experience with grant management and meeting document software.


Unilever supports the Trust in its human resources operations. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

What We Offer

Competitive salary plus generous additional linked benefits.

Diversity and inclusion are central to the Trust. Diversity is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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