Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Swindon Office
Reference Number IRC245805
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48202
Date Posted 27 July 2018
Grade NERC-4 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 August 2018
Interview Date 13 September 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202
Grade: UKRI Grade F/NERC Band 4
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months maternity leave cover)
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (Flexible working will also be considered)
Closing Date: 28th August 2018
Interview Date: 13th September 2018

Overall purpose:

Lead the transformation and delivery of NERC’s science services, facilities and data portfolio (which includes e-infrastructure and data strategy), plus large research infrastructure.

You will provide oversight for and leadership to NERC’s science facilities and data portfolio, including reporting, annual reviews and any relevant evaluations, drawing together skills and experience externally and across the Research & Innovation Directorate.

Primary tasks:

  • provide oversight for and leadership to NERC’s science facilities and data portfolio, including reporting, annual reviews and any relevant evaluations, drawing together skills and experience externally and across NERC and UKRI
  • ensure that investments are monitored, evaluated and communicated to all relevant stakeholders
  • provide expert advice within and external to NERC: act as the NERC Head Office expert on issues relating to scientific data and information, open access and open science, science services and facilities and e-infrastructure. This includes working across UKRI and representing NERC in Government-led and other data fora, as appropriate
  • work closely with the Head of National Capability Commissioning to deliver the entirety of the NC portfolio collectively
  • manage the relationship between NERC and the data centres and NERC Research Centres and act as NERC Head Office’s ‘intelligent customer’ for these services
  • provide oversight of relevant budgets and be accountable for financial planning commitment and spend
  • provide line management for Senior Programme Managers and team management for the Science Facilities & Data function.

Secondary tasks:

  • provide information and advice to the Associate Director of National Capability & Capital and the Director of Research & Innovation on relevant NERC investments. Where required provide information and advice to NERC Boards
  • contribute to the delivery of other NERC objectives, for example on communication and public engagement, as required.

Organization Description

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. More information can be found at

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the largest funder of environmental science in the UK. We invest £300 million each year in research, training and innovation through UK universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the whole planet from pole to pole, from deep Earth and oceans to upper atmosphere and space. Through collaboration with scientific partners, business and policy-makers, our science supports sustainable economic growth and improves public wellbeing. Our Headquarters in Swindon provides the corporate policy, planning and administrative focus for NERC.

Shortlisting & Interview Criteria


  • leadership and influence – be able to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholder at a senior level and communicate strategic vision
  • effective personal working – confident and resilient; able to anticipate and respond quickly to external events; balance corporate, team and individual priorities and leadership styles; work proactively with minimal supervision; motivate cross-organisation project teams in the context of change
  • practical experience of leading portfolios (e.g. science services, facilities, data and/or HPC, etc.)
  • experience of commissioning and delivery of science-related investments (e.g. in research, national capability, facilities etc.)
  • an understanding of  the UK research and innovation ecosystem
  • experience of building strong customer-supplier relationships
  • experience of managing budgets
  • be able to contribute at senior level to a wide range of issues
  • graduate education in a related area of science.


  •  experience in optimising operations and driving change, including best practice and governance.

Our centrally located Swindon campus is shared with 7 other research councils and hosts approximately 1300 staff, which provides a pleasant, comfortable working environment. The purpose designed building, set in its own grounds, is convenient for bus and rail stations, shops and leisure facilities and provides excellent facilities including free on- site parking (subject to waiting list), bike sheds, bistro and shop.

We offer a defined benefit occupational pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance of 30 days plus 10.5 days bank and other holidays and flexible working hours.
As an IiP employer NERC encourages and supports development both in terms of the needs of the job, but also future career development. We expect our people to work flexibly and so you may have the opportunity to work across a number of jobs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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