Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - International
Reference Number IRC245798
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48202
Date Posted 29 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended (Secondments will be considered)
Hours: Full Time (Minimum 0.8 FTE part-time appointment will be considered)
Closing Date: 20th July 2018


About the role:

UKRI is seeking to appoint a high-calibre individual to support the UKRI Associate Director for International in the delivery of UKRI international strategy and policy. The post has specific responsibility for oversight of European strategy, in particular for supporting a collective UKRI approach to the implications of the decision to leave the EU.

The role of Head of European Strategy maintains oversight of all Brexit-related activities, although many are devolved to relevant Councils/cross-Council expert networks and reports regularly to senior management.

The post works closely with internal UKRI Council colleagues, primarily via the Brexit Co-ordination Network, which brings together people from across UKRI who work on policy areas relevant to the implications of leaving the EU.  

The post also plays a key role as one of UKRI’s external leads on Europe and Brexit-related liaison with government and sector colleagues. Key external stakeholders include BEIS, UUK, academies, missions groups, Science Europe, overseas partners.

You will work closely with the UK Research Office in Brussels, which leads on Brussels-based liaison activities and maintains strong links with UK stakeholders, BEIS and the wide subscriber community (www.ukro.ac.uk).

You will also take a key role in shaping the UKRI International team as it moves through the organisational transformation phase, taking responsibility for developing sound structures and processes for team operations in terms of intelligence gathering, mapping, information management, the provision of briefings for senior staff and building and maintaining contacts with both domestic and international partners.

You will also have responsibility for helping to co-ordinate cross-Council delivery against the International Research and Innovation Strategy through oversight of the Research Councils International Network and of UKRI International’s relationships with all nine UKRI Councils.

The post reports to Michael Bright, Associate Director, UKRI International.

Main Duties:

  • provide strategic leadership to UKRI’s planning for Brexit, working closely with internal and external colleagues
  • co-ordinate UKRI engagement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on Brexit-related issues
  • chair the Brexit Co-ordination network which oversees the development and implementation of cross-Council Brexit related strategy and activities
  • provide high quality advice, guidance and briefing to Senior UKRI colleagues on high level groups and when giving evidence to select committees on Brexit
  • work with UKRI communications and public affairs colleagues on the preparation and implementation of a co-ordinated UKRI Brexit Communications strategy
  • manage UKRI’s overarching strategy for Europe, ensuring it responds to developments in Brexit negotiations, the emerging structure and aims of Framework Programme 9, the strategies and priorities of individual partner countries and domestic appetite for collaboration with them
  • deputise for and support the UKRI International Associate Director in international policy and global strategy matters, including external representation as necessary
  • line manage all Band E staff in UKRI International team
  • take responsibility for UKRI International team operations and outputs, developing a strategic team approach to building relationships, gathering intelligence and working across all nine UKRI Councils
  • contribute to the development of relationships with stakeholders in overseas and partner organisations in order to enhance opportunities for research collaboration and influence science policy internationally and overseas
  • oversight of UKRI engagement with Science Europe and support to Andrew Thompson in his role on the Governing Board
  • provide UKRI International Champion/UKRI Chief Executive with strategic support and advice on overseas missions
  • work closely with UKRO on liaison with European Commission, responses to EU consultations and preparation for FP9.

Given the nature of the role and the fluid landscape, both with regard to Brexit and UKRI organisational development, you will need to demonstrate a flexible approach and the ability to develop the role during the course of the appointment. 

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Our Partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation.

  • Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity;
  • Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives;
  • Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Skills and Competencies:

  • experienced in giving clear leadership to empower, motivate and challenge leaders, staff and colleagues to work effectively to deliver their own tasks and contribute to corporate goals. This includes leading those not in the direct management reporting line
  • a demonstrable ability to influence and persuade others, to work with people of all levels internally and externally to UKRI and internationally and to build good relationships and effective partnerships with them
  • awareness of the challenges associated with and experience of successfully co-ordinating cross-organisational activities
  • strong emotional intelligence, excellent listening and influencing skills, with an ability to reach out and build trust and work collaboratively; the ability to build relationships which allow different perspectives to be reconciled for overall benefit
  • ability to operate confidently with political nous, diplomacy and common sense, in an operating environment of change and uncertainty, remaining resilient and focussed
  • a strong interest in issues concerning European science policy and research funding
  • a well-developed understanding of the UKRI strategy and its mechanisms for funding research and innovation and a proven ability in establishing and delivering major research programmes and in managing project-based work, including active management of people, risks and tasks
  • the ability to interpret and present complex information to a wide range of audiences, to draft crisp and concise briefing material and papers
  • problem solving skills, e.g. finding ways to resolve differences in working practices between different organisations
  • an awareness of other international research programmes and the challenges involved in establishing international partnerships and collaborations
  • ability to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others and to offer insights and ideas with practical application
  • excellence communication skills (written and oral) including ability to listen, engage, negotiate and give direction.

In addition to the skills and competencies above, you will have personal and professional standards of integrity and probity, demeanour and credibility which command the confidence of senior managers, staff, external partners and other stakeholders and will be committed to treating everyone equally with respect and dignity and to harnessing the talents and potential of all, putting into practice our equality and diversity policies.

The post may involve overnight UK and international travel, and therefore you will be expected to and must be able to, undertake such travel as necessary.

Employee Benefits:

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent:

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities:

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

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