Research Manager


Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd is a scientific research consultancy based in Central London led by co-founders Sarah Acaster and Andrew Lloyd. The Acaster Lloyd group includes over 30 people, mostly based in London. We undertake consultancy and research for biotech and pharmaceutical companies globally in the field of clinical outcomes assessment/ patient reported outcomes. We work with our clients to understand the burden of disease and the value of medicines and other health technologies from the patients’ perspective.

Our business continues to grow organically due to the good quality work that our high performing team deliver. Our client base continues to expand, and we have a lot of repeat business due our significant contribution to science, expertise in health psychology and our collaborative and supportive approach.

Our people are extremely important to us, and we believe that shows in everything we do. Continued growth of the business will come from supporting and developing our people and expansion of the existing team.


The Research Manager must be able to work effectively as part of a team and balance the demands of different projects. They must lead and take responsibility for their projects, this involves:

  • Coordinate and organise their time (as well as the time of our Research Associates (RA), and Senior Research Associates (SRA)) to meet their project objectives.
  • Work with RAs/SRAs to support them in the following tasks (not limited to):
    • Planning literature reviews (searches, reviewing abstracts, critical appraisal, data extraction and summary)
    • Conducting interviews
    • Analysing and /or interpreting data – quantitative / qualitative
    • Drafting study materials (e.g. surveys, interview guides, background forms, protocols)
    • Report writing
    • Preparing presentations
    • Preparing and submitting ethics applications
    • Communication with third party vendors (recruitment/data collection, translation, transcription)
  • Act as the primary point of contact with a client. This would include arranging and leading client calls; preparing and sending agenda/ minutes; keeping the client appraised of study progress and being able to meet their needs. This would include keeping track of project budgets if requested to.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to research associates for the projects they work on together. Review RA/SRAs work and provide feedback and in turn help to develop deliverables for review by the project director. Research Managers will also support or undertake formal training of RA/SRAs.
  • Write in a structured, clear way and respond to feedback.
  • Be proactive and work with the project team to seek out solutions to problems on a project, identifying potential efficiencies and recognising and implementing next steps required on a project.
  • Take a lead on developing their technical skills. Engage with the scientific community through dissemination at conferences and in publications.
  • The Research Manager would develop a sound understanding of the requirements laid down by decision makers such as the FDA, EMA and NICE.


The Research Manager would typically have experience of managing health research in a commercial consultancy; but their experience may also be based in academia.

  • The Research Manager would have experience of, and interest in:
  • Design and management of studies that meet the client’s needs.
  • Quantitative research studies – including the design and analysis of PRO/COA data using statistical software packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, SPSS). This would include an understanding of research design, statistical principles, the nature of subjective data and the appropriate methods for analysing such data. You are able to complete inferential testing. The Research Manager would be able to plan the statistical analysis of a PRO measure. They should also be able to provide appropriate interpretation of analyses of PRO data from a clinical study.
  • Qualitative research studies – including the ability to plan qualitative data collection, undertake interviews with an appreciation of good practice, code data with the assistance of software packages (e.g. NVivo, MAXQDA, ATLAS.ti,), be familiar with qualitative analysis methods (thematic and content analysis as a minimum requirement), conceptual model development, and qualitative data reporting.
  • The Research Manager should be able to direct colleagues in the planning, conduct and analysis of research.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills. Ability to present to clients, conference audiences and on teleconferences/Zoom calls. They must proactively communicate with Project Directors and SRA/RAs on any aspect of a project that requires their attention.
  • Excellent organisational skills. The Research Manager must to be able to organise their time and tasks to ensure that projects are completed on time and budget. They must plan ahead, recognise issues that could delay progress and be proactive.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Outlook, Word (report writing and formatting), PowerPoint (presentations) and Excel (simple database, formula and chart development).
  • Proficiency in reference manager software (e.g. EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero).
  • Proficiency with literature review methods and the development of literature searches using databased (e.g. PubMed, OVID, PsychInfo).


  • You have a bachelor’s degree (typically social sciences) or local equivalent.
  • You would also have a post-graduate qualification in a (public) health related field (e.g. MSc, MPH, PhD).
  • Proven experience in the skills required for the role.
  • Ability to work independently.


  • Salary dependent on experience.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Hybrid working – this role can be office or home based with monthly/quarterly visits to our office in Central London.
  • Must have the Right to Work in the UK.


  • 25 days annual leave in addition to the UK public/bank holidays (pro rata for part timers).
  • Pension scheme with up to 4% company contribution.
  • Salary sacrifice enabling you to contribute more to your pension for tax efficiency.
  • Access to our comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Holiday purchase scheme.
  • Season ticket travel loan.
  • Hearing and eye tests and financial contribution to aids.
  • Fertility support.
  • Discounted gym membership at PureGym Holborn.


  • We are neurodivergent aware and supportive.
  • We have multiple Working Groups from CSR to Wellbeing and Social.
  • We provide protected time for training.
  • We go away every year to our annual team retreat for a few days in the UK countryside.
  • We like to be social… we have regular Friday team drinks, pub quizzes, lunchtime walks and other events.
  • Our modern offices are very close to Holborn station with access to a beautiful roof garden overlooking the London skyline.
  • We have a smart/casual dress code.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV along with a cover letter outlining their relevant experience.

Applications should be sent to and marked Research Manager.

Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.


We have a 3 stage interview process:

  • Virtual first stage 20-minute chat with a Director.
  • The second stage will be face to face at our offices in Holborn, starting with a structured interview with two Directors.
  • The final stage is a more informal meeting with members of the project team.

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