Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250712
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £59023 - £65580
Date Posted 21 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £59,023 - £65,580 per annum
Grade: UKRI - G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 17th September 2019
Interview dates: 1st and 3rd October 2019
Location: Swindon

Purpose of the role

Responsible for leading the organisation in the delivery and assurance of digital and technology change. You will work collaboratively across the organisation to facilitate the change and improvement necessary to drive operational efficiency to enable UKRI to meet its goals. Looks up and out to engage with UKRI governance, portfolio and reporting in a strategic way.

To enable and maximise opportunity for operational efficiencies within UKRI by:

  • Leading the operation of the DDaT Service Delivery Lifecycle from the inception of change to the transition into live service
  • Delivering the technology portfolio of projects
  • Assurance of change within DDaT
  • Managing the pipeline of digital, data and technology change and spend approvals with BEIS and GDS
  • Maximising the benefit of any technology investment by driving service adoption
  • Assisting the Chief Technology officer in developing the right technology strategy for UKRI
  • Responsible for the recruitment of the right people to the right teams and supporting their professional development and continuous improvement of the team
  • Work with other heads of roles to promote effective cross-functional delivery
  • Be a skilled team leader who can confidently communicate the value of the role to technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Be credible and influential across departments.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Leadership/team work
  • Leadership of the DDaT Portfolio team consisting of programme and project managers and support staff, business analysts and portfolio assurance staff
  • Lead and manage the organisation’s portfolio of technology change ensuring strategic fit and prioritisation of change is robust and transparent
    accountable for the DDaT Portfolio capital and admin budgets working closely with the Business Operations function
  • Work with the CTO to support any process or organisational design
  • Work closely with the key UKRI business stakeholders to ensure that your team are in tune with the requirements of the organisation and can deliver to meet stakeholder requirements
  • Ensure timely adoption and exploitation of new technology services to ensure the benefits of change are realise
  • Develop a customer-led approach to technology change, focussing on the requirements of our internal and external customers
  • Take a lead role in the UKRI transformation to ensure right solutions/approaches for UKRI technology services, including portfolio and change management
  • Undertake regular capability and maturity assessments across the organisation using appropriate methods, models and frameworks
  • Delivery/programmes/projects/process
  • Technical project delivery – Management of the ‘Focus List’ of essential projects - technology programme management, project delivery, dependency management, programme/project risk management
  • Portfolio Assurance – overall portfolio management, change budgets/resource, Chair of the Portfolio Assurance Group spend control process
  • Discovery/Business Analysis – understanding and documenting user needs/requirements
  • Change Adoption – understanding user concerns, communication, mitigating impacts of change, maximising benefits from change
  • PMO – Project governance, benefits measuring, gateway reviews, reporting
  • Provide senior expertise and guidance on portfolio, programme or project management UKRI
  • Deliver ad-hoc senior project work as directed by the CTO


  • Develop and maintain strong links with relevant stakeholder organisations, including BEIS, GDS as well as our strategic delivery partners to keep up to date with relevant learning and best practice.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, 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. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Essential Shortlisting criteria:

  • Certification in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (MOP, MSP, PRINCE2, APM or equivalent)
  • Leadership & Management. Strong track-record in leadership roles ideally providing leadership in a matrix-style organisational structure. Acknowledged authority and influential figure across the full range of stakeholders. Proven experience developing and mentoring staff
  • Team dynamics and collaboration - Able to build successful delivery teams and understand team styles and how people work together
  • Financial and Commercial management - Able to support effective budget management within the constraints of the project. Retains a continued awareness of the budget against actual cost incurred
  • Highly self-motivated and able to lead on own initiative whilst in close co-ordination with the wider senior team.

 Essential Interview criteria:

  • Strategic thinking and change leader - Providing vision, leadership and direction, converting the strategic vision into implementation delivery plans.  Able to take an innovative approach to change, to establish a shared vision, achieve buy in and to deliver change successfully
  • Stakeholder management - Ability to manage and develop inter-relationships. Ability to persuade and influence stakeholders and act politically
  • Planning - Able to take a continuous approach to planning, forecasting, estimating, managing uncertainty, metrics and measurements, contingency planning and road mapping. Able to communicate the plan, planning assumptions and progress to a range of stakeholders
  • Maintaining delivery momentum - Able to solve issues and unblock problems. Drives teams and sets the pace, ensuring teams are working towards delivery commitments
  • Communicating between the technical and non-technical - Able to communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries, with stakeholders at all levels
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to quickly understand new and complex issues, long-term trends and to propose solutions
  • Lifecycle perspective - Understands the different phases of product delivery and is able to contribute to, plan or run these. Able to develop sustainable support models. Able to identify and deal with potential risks across or between all phases of the lifecycle.

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

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.

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