A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PORTFOLIO MANAGER
"The main purpose of my role is to act as a conduit for information between EPSRC and our community, making sure that Academics and stakeholders know what our plans are, but also ensuring that we're constantly updating our knowledge of the broader landscape. Portfolio Managers are also the people who keep the peer review process running. The thing I enjoy most about the job is the variety; no two weeks are ever quite the same, one week you might be preparing the papers for peer review meeting and the next you might be travelling across the country to a community engagement event"
"I look after part of the renewable technologies portfolio, including Wind, Wave and Tidal energies among others. Its fascinating experience building up a working knowledge of a number of different engineering disciplines, particularly in a context as relevant and topical as Energy"
"At the moment I tend to spend about one week in four out of the office travelling, a lot of the work going on in my portfolio is based in Scotland, so combined with some collaborative projects with China"
"Currently I am employed as a Portfolio Manager in the Applied Mathematics field - looking after Continuum Mechanics, Non-Linear Systems and Numerical Analysis. I also look after Mathematical Biology and Maths for Manufacturing the Future research area.
Applied Mathematics is quite wide ranging and has a lot of links to other Themes such as ICT, Physical Sciences, Engineering and other Challenge Themes. I am often communicating with other Themes across EPSRC and other research councils; working on joint funded grants together with them. As well as grants, I am also in charge of planning the strategic direction of Applied Mathematics and communicating with the community to develop the portfolio through mechanisms such as managed calls for proposals and workshops etc.
The work is varied and challenging, yet stimulating. I really enjoy being in charge of my own portfolio and developing its strategy. I am given a large sense of ownership towards my area and since it is quite a cross cutting portfolio it means that there is always something new to work on"
EPSRC are offering you a benefits package which includes a generous pension, 30 days annual leave plus privilege days and bank holidays, flexible working hours, a corporate leisure card, cycle to work scheme and private health screening.
To register your interest in the Portfolio Manager roles, please send your CV to Rachel Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org )