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Data Manager

Clinical Research Development Ireland

  • Cork
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  • Temporary part-time
  • Updated 14/12/2017
  • Human Resources Manager
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Applications are invited for the post of Data Manager to support the Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research (IPCOR) project on a temporary and part-time basis. The primary function of this post is to oversee audit and quality assurance of a prostate cancer clinical registry.


Applications are invited for the post of Data Manager to support the Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research (IPCOR) project on a temporary half-time basis.

IPCOR is a collaboration between prostate cancer clinicians at hospitals across Ireland, Clinical Research Development Ireland, the National Cancer Registry and the HRB Clinical Research Facility in Galway. 

The primary function of this post is to oversee audit and quality assurance of a prostate cancer clinical registry within the National Cancer Registry. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up and implementing routine data auditing and quality assurance processes. They will also have responsibility for reviewing study documentation such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) and data dictionaries.

A third level qualification to level 8 in either a science or IT discipline is essential. At least 2 years data management and audit experience is also essential. A PhD in a related discipline, experience in using SQL and experience in using cancer registry data are all desirable but not essential.

Base Location: National Cancer Registry in Cork.

Application Process: Applications in the form of a CV (three copies), plus a covering letter (3 copies) describing how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the post together with the names of at least two referees, should be submitted to:

Human Resources Manager
National Cancer Registry Ireland
Building 6800
Cork Airport Business Park
Kinsale Road

Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 28 December 2017 at 2 pm

Applications by email or via this site will not be accepted

Clinical Research Development Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

Particulars of Office

Job Title: Data Manager

Reporting to: Research Manager

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: Salary will be in accordance with the Department of Health grade V salary scale: €41,209 - €49,496 (FTE). This will be pro-rata for part-time staff.                                                                                         

Contract: This is a specified purpose contract and will end when the work assigned to this post ends or when the funding to support the project ends whichever event occurs first.

Notice: One months’ notice in writing is required

Annual Leave: 30 days per annum for FTE. This will be pro-rata for part-time staff.

Confidentiality: Officers are bound by the provision of Data Protection legislation and must preserve strict confidentiality concerning all identifiable information of which they become aware of during the course of their work. The confidentiality guidelines of the Registry must be read and signed by all officers, and breach of these guidelines will be sufficient grounds for dismissal.

Location: This post is based at the NCR headquarters in Cork.

Grievance & Disciplinary Procedures: These will be as agreed between management and staff.

The terms of any relevant agreements concerning this grade between the Department Health and the Unions representing staff at the Registry will apply.

Job purpose

The primary function of this position is to oversee audit, quality assurance of a prostate cancer clinical registry within the National Cancer Registry Ireland and assess compliance with NCRI protocols.

Duties and responsibilities

Main duties

  • Implement quality assurance processes and provide routine weekly reports to NCRI research manager and project manager
  • Collaborate with the project manager to put in place routine data auditing processes
  • Provide regular audit feedback and exception reports to research officers
  • Collaborate with Dataset Support Officer to identify and implement improvements to databases for data collection
  • Present findings of QA and audit work to study collaborators and NCRI staff
  • Provide recommendations to improve data quality and completeness
  • Review study documentation such as standard operating procedures, data dictionaries with a view to improving consistency and accuracy of data recording.
  • Support the Research Manager in comparing data quality in the clinical registry to that of the NCRI and produce a report outlining the potential for integration of the two databases.
  • Produce routine reports to IPCOR steering group on study progress including data collection progress, case ascertainment and survey response rates
  • Put in place improvement initiatives to contribute to the smooth running of the IPCOR research study in both registration and survey work
  • Prepare extracts for data release in collaboration with the statistician and research manager
  • Participating in training as and when required; and
  • Undertaking other related duties as assigned by management from time to time.

Allied duties

  • Contribute to meetings, conferences, annual reports, publications, research funding applications as required

Person specification

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to establish good working relationships with other IT manager, other data managers, research officers and other research staff to allow for effective multidisciplinary team working.


  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • the ability to plan and manage her/his own workload;
  • the ability to work with a minimum of supervision;
  • excellent attention to detail, including scrupulous concern for accuracy;
  • a flexible approach; and
  • ability to meet targets within define time frames

Qualifications and experience required for post


  • A third level qualification (level 8) in a health science or IT discipline
  • Two years relevant data management experience.
  • Experience of database management and audit, development of standard operating procedures and data collection protocols
  • Experience of working in teams and communicating complex information.


  • Experience of SQL
  • An understanding of cancer registration data
  • A PhD in a related discipline

IPCOR – Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Research  

IPCOR has been funded by the Movember Foundation in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society. It is part of a network of Movember-funded studies in different countries which are all seeking to better understand the clinical and patient-related outcomes of men with prostate cancer. 

IPCOR is establishing a database of new cases of prostate cancer in Ireland.  These cases will undergo intensive follow-up to collect information on their clinical outcomes (including treatment-related complications, relapses, and survival) and their patient-reported outcomes (including health-related quality-of-life and physical functioning). The ultimate goal of IPCOR is to enhance prostate cancer care, improve patient experiences and maximise quality of life for men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland.

The major responsibilities of the National Cancer Registry within IPCOR are to: identify the newly diagnosed cases from hospitals across Ireland; record information on the patient and the tumour; record detailed information on treatments received and associated complications; identify patients who have progressed or relapsed; and identify patients who have died. 

More information about IPCOR can be found here:

National Cancer Registry

The National Cancer Registry was established by the Minister for Health in 1991. It operates in association with University College Cork and is funded by the Department of Health.

The functions of the NCR are:

  • to identify, collect, classify, record, store, and analyse information relating to the incidence and prevalence of cancer and related tumours in Ireland
  • to promote and facilitate the use of the data collected, through approved research, and in the planning and management of services
  • to publish an Annual Report based on the activities of the Registry
  • to furnish advice, information and assistance in relation to any aspect of such service to the Minister.

Ref: IPCOR1217
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