Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - International Relations Unit
Reference Number IRC250333
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782
Date Posted 19 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part Time/Job Share Considered - compatible with requirement of the role)
Closing Date: 22nd September 2019
Interview Dates: Either 14th or 18th October 2019

About the role:

BBSRC is recruiting for an International Programme Manager for its International Relations Unit (IRU). The central point of this role is the involvement in FACCE-JPI (Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change) in which UKRI-BBSRC has a leading role. FACCE-JPI brings together 24 countries with the aim to address the interconnected challenges associated with the support of sustainable agriculture production and economic growth, the contribution to the bio-based economy, and the maintenance of ecosystem services under current and future climate change.

As part of your role you will be involved in the management of the FACCE-JPI Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), actively take part in the work of the FACCE-JPI secretariat, and support the UKRI-BBSRC Senior International Programme Manager and Associate Director, International, and international FACCE-JPI colleagues in the development and delivery of the Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plan. You will work with the IRU team to contribute to managing and implementing existing and new partnerships, building on our existing and strong European collaborations. In your role you will also provide general support to the International Relations Unit and the Research Strategy and Programmes team for example through the involvement in IRU funding schemes.

Main job activities:

  • manage the FACCE-JPI Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), including meeting organisation and preparation, membership records, expense records
  • contribute to the development of the FACCE-JPI SRA and IP on behalf of UKRI-BBSRC
  • coordinate SAB input into the update of the FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Implementation Plan (IP) to ensure a timely delivery
  • maintain financial records of UKRI-BBSRC in FACCE-JPI for reporting to the European Commission (EC), internally and for audit purposes
  • work alongside the Senior International Programme Manager and the FACCE-JPI secretariat to develop, design and implement activities resulting from the FACCE-JPI SRA and IP
  • support the IRU team members in their activities e.g. by contributing to the review of proposals for IRU funding schemes or through support for colleagues involved UKRI-BBSRC’s international activities
  • manage, develop, and implement BBSRC partnerships and associated bilateral and multi-lateral actions with European and overseas countries
  • prepare written documents (briefings, agendas, minutes, presentation etc.) for activities involved and to support IRU colleagues
  • represent UKRI-BBSRC to external stakeholders nationally and internationally, providing advice and gathering information on issues relevant to UKRI-BBSRC and FACCE-JPI.

The role will involve some travel within the UK and overseas, including overnight and occasional weekend absences.

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:

Person Specification:


  • degree in a biological or related subject and/or other relevant experience
  • ability to plan and prioritise own work to ensure that the work meets deadlines
  • ability to interpret, analyse and summarise complex data and information; to produce well-structured and clear complex documents for internal and external audiences
  • good interpersonal skills including liaison, negotiating and influencing; ability to develop good working relationships with others (internally and externally)
  • effective team worker, able to collaborate with and provide support to colleagues
  • strong organisational skills with an aptitude for administrative planning
  • strong, effective communication and presentation skills, both orally and in writing
  • IT literate
  • able to represent BBSRC in a professional manner when communicating and dealing with internal and external personnel
  • genuine interest in the aims and objectives of UKRI-BBSRC.


  • PhD or Master’s Degree in subject related to this post and/or other relevant research experience
  • knowledge of UKRI and understanding of the peer review process
  • awareness of science policy issues
  • experience of developing strategy
  • understanding of the purpose of international collaborations, knowledge of the European Commission’s Framework Programme
  • academic and/or administrative experience in the management of large European international projects or networks.

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.

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Employee Benefits

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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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