Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Corporate Policy and Strategy Group
Reference Number IRC247631
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 28 November 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 January 2019
Interview Date 16 January 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th January 2019
Interview Date: 16th January 2019

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme aims to help meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with access to safe, affordable and nutritious food, all of the time and in ways the planet can sustain into the future.

An exciting vacancy has arisen within the GFS team for a Strategy and Policy Manager. We are seeking a highly-motivated and proactive individual with experience of coordinating and delivering activities in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

The role consists of the following responsibilities:

  1. driving forward GFS strategic priorities and work packages, including working groups, workshops and authoritative reports, bringing together different disciplines and stakeholders
  2. influencing, securing and overseeing the delivery of funding for food security research programmes, working with the Director of GFS
  3. supporting the international temperate agriculture network (TempAg), for which GFS provides part of the secretariat, working with the GFS Strategy and Policy Officer
  4. overseeing the GFS Strategy Advisory Board (senior-level stakeholders) and GFS Programme Coordination Group (senior-level funders), including oversight of the strategic agenda, papers and follow-up actions, working with the GFS Strategy and Policy Officer
  5. overseeing the GFS Food System Resilience Programme, working with the coordination team to ensure this programme of research delivers impact.

It is expected that you will represent GFS at external meetings and deliver presentations. The role will also include line management of the GFS Strategy and Policy Officer.

GFS is hosted by UK Research and Innovation and brings together the major UK public funders of food security research, including UKRI councils, government departments, and devolved administrations. Further information about the programme can be found on our website The Director of GFS, Riaz Bhunnoo, would be happy to talk to any potential candidates – please email

The post will be based at BBSRC’s offices in Swindon and you would be expected to travel to meetings.

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 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see:

For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see:

Shortlisting Criteria


  • degree or equivalent level of education in a relevant discipline
  • an ability to take a strategic overview and develop ideas, initiatives and new approaches to complex issues
  • effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with people at all levels, and experience of building effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • proactivity and an ability to work on your own initiative
  • first class written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • good organisational skills, with an ability to progress multiple work streams at the same time, prioritise work effectively, and meet deadlines
  • excellent analytical skills and experience of identifying, connecting and synthesising relevant information
  • effective team worker with the ability to provide support to colleagues and work flexibly
  • experience of leading a multi-stakeholder activity that has led to a successful outcome
  • a good understanding of the interdisciplinary research areas covered by the Global Food Security programme.


  • Masters Degree or PhD in a science-related subject or equivalent relevant experience
  • experience of providing strategic leadership to a committee
  • experience of budget management
  • experience of line management.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House, Swindon only).

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.

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