Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Head Office
Reference Number IRC248913
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £59023
Date Posted 21 March 2019
Grade RC-G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 April 2019
Interview Date 03 May 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £59,023
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd April 2019
Interview Date: 3rd May 2019

The main location will be Swindon, if required other UKRI offices are available and some international travel will also be required.

NERC strategic ambition

Our Earth system and its environmental processes do not exist in isolation from each other, nor do they stop at national boundaries. Environmental challenges such as climate change, ocean health and atmospheric pollution affect us all and cannot be addressed by one nation alone. Hence environmental research must be done in partnership and operate worldwide.

The creation of UKRI, together with growing UK investment in science for development, opens new opportunities to create multi-agency and multi-disciplinary programmes to solve global environmental challenges. Through NERC and UKRI funds we will lead, coordinate and invest in international research and innovation partnerships – to mobilise UK expertise, to tackle global challenges, to support international development, to respond rapidly to environmental emergencies, and to bring economic, societal and environmental benefit to the UK.

About the role

You will bring the vision, leadership and diplomacy to provide strategic direction for NERC’s international portfolio, develop global partnership, and generate co-funded research and innovation programmes that deliver economic, social and environmental solutions.

You will lead the NERC Head Office team to facilitate collaboration with international partners and make it easier for the UK research community to work with partners overseas and access infrastructure, data and unique locations. 

You will build and manage effective strategic bi- and multi-lateral partnerships with key international organisations such as counterpart agencies overseas, philanthropic foundations, UN organisations and the European Commission. Through these partnerships, NERC will influence and contribute to global agendas, provide leadership in international forums, develop collaborative funding mechanisms, leverage additional funding in areas of mutual interest, and enable collaboration.

Key Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • drive the strategic development and maintenance of key relationships with NERC’s counterparts overseas
  • identify, scope and undertake high level NERC or UKRI delegations to key strategic partners overseas
  • represent NERC on high-level UKRI fora including: the International Forum (Chaired by Andrew Thompson), the GCRF Co-ordination group, the Brexit Co-ordination group and the Board of the UKRI Research Office in Brussels
  • provide strategic oversight of NERC’s engagement in the UK Governments’ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Newton Fund, and Fund for International Collaboration (FIC)
  • manage NERC’s £18M per annum official development assistance budget
  • lead and oversee NERC’s engagement in initiatives such as Towards a Sustainable Earth, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Horizon 2020
  • lead and manage NERC’s relationship with the Science and Innovation Network, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the International Science and Innovation Directorate of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and relevant Departments in DFID, DEFRA and DHSC.

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

Essential Criteria

  • experience and strong track-record of leading the development of successful partnership and collaboration with international partners
  • astute political acumen, enabling intelligent navigation of a complex stakeholder landscape
  • demonstrable experience of developing collaborative working relationships, excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence, build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels
  • experience of producing high quality, successful business cases for investment
  • significant experience in provision of high quality written and verbal advice suitable for executive and senior level decision makers
  • excellent leadership skills with an ability to inspire motivate and develop capability within a team to deliver quality outcomes
  • experience of effective management of budgets and resources
  • a willingness to travel frequently overseas, often long haul.

Desirable Criteria

  • graduate education in a scientific discipline or equivalent experience
  • understanding official development assistance requirements, particularly in the research and innovation sector
  • a good understanding of how research and innovation programmes are developed and the process by which they are delivered.

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 at Polaris House, Swindon.

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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