EPSRC
Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Reference Number IRC246809
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 17 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 16 October 2018
Interview Date 26 November 2018




Brief Description


Salary: £30,357
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (over 0.6 of full time)
Closing Date: 16th October 2018
Number of positions: 10
Assessment Centre week commencing: 26th November 2018

As an EPSRC Portfolio Manager, you will work with the Engineering and Physical Sciences research community to achieve EPSRC’s aim to put the UK at the forefront of International Research.

You will be responsible for one of EPSRC’s many portfolios, from mathematics to materials science, from information technology to energy, from university relationships to research infrastructure.

Your role will be varied, building relationships with universities and industry, managing our decision making process to ensure we fund research of the highest quality, planning and implementing community events to foster new, innovative, research programmes.

You will help to develop and structure ideas for future activities in a strongly team based organisation as well as working with other Government Departments and other Research Councils.

This role will broaden your skills by giving you the opportunity to manage your own projects and activities. Travel in the UK is an important part of the role. 

Your duties will include:

  • working with external stakeholders and representing EPSRC in external networks and meetings
  • gathering, understanding and integrating internal and external information
  • working across teams to ensure cross portfolio understanding and joint initiatives as appropriate
  • managing strategic relationships with key influencers in universities and business
  • monitoring and reporting on progress
  • implementing strategy and other programmes of work
  • evaluating activities and investments to feed into planning
  • operation of peer review and other formal decision making processes 
  • supporting leaders of themes and projects to develop and implement plans
  • coordinating and operating processes supporting delivery across EPSRC.  

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 www.urki.org.

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing over £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects from mathematics to materials science and from information technology to structural engineering. Further details can be found via the following links:

Organisation - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/organisationofepsrc/

Facts about EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/facts/

About EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/.

We will consider high calibre graduates and post graduates with a STEM background (or those with equivalent education, training or professional development) who can demonstrate the potential to succeed, ideally with experience in a science or engineering related field or holding a PhD. You will be a creative thinker who can work effectively independently and with colleagues, be an excellent communicator and have the ability to manage your time effectively.

Assessment of the following essential skills will be made via shortlisting, online written exercise, and assessment centre:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) background gained through graduate or postgraduate studies or other experience
  • graduate or post graduate (or equivalent) who can demonstrate the potential to succeed
  • effective communication skills (verbal, presentational and written)
  • problem solving and analytical skills
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • a focus on achievement
  • leadership skills, including facilitation skills and an ability to influence others through behaviour and empathy
  • strategic awareness
  • planning and organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise and manage complex activities
  • creativity, adaptability and openness to change.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as EPSRC does not hold a sponsorship licence.

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 users of the Disability Confident scheme, 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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