Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Innovation and Skills Group Programme
Reference Number IRC250937
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782
Date Posted 05 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 October 2019
Interview Date 05 November 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 per annum
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th October 2019
Interview Date: 5th November 2019

This is an exciting post, which works across our Capability and Innovation Domain and International Relations Unit.

The purpose of this Innovation Manager (International) role is to contribute to delivering positive economic and social impact in developing countries from our bioscience investments, through enabling effective delivery of international activities particularly through the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The Innovation Manager (International) role is a position within BBSRC, and it is expected that in the region of 70% activities of the post will be focused on Newton and GCRF activities, however, there will also be the opportunity for the post holder to shape the role responding to key priorities for BBSRC.

The main focus of the role is to:

  • Contribute to our understanding as to the ways through which benefits are delivered from bioscience in a developing country context
  • To lead the coordination of the capability and innovation contributions to support and enable the effective management, development and delivery of the Newton Fund
  • To lead on the management of a portfolio of programmes, including their development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation, to support translation in and ODA context, and which deliver benefit and impact from past and current BBSRC investments
  • To develop, provide and share across CID, BBSRC and UKRI more widely, good practice in supporting capability and innovation in an ODA context
  • To maintain and develop relationships with the ODA community across UKRI, ensuring capability and innovation is appropriately considered and effectively integrated in to forward planning of ODA activities, in particular through the Newton Fund
  • Help foster our partnerships with a range of organisations, including industry, in the UK and more widely
  • To contribute, where appropriate, to the effective delivery of BBSRC’s strategy for capability and innovation, working with colleagues across BBSRC and more widely.

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 and Interview Criteria

  • Degree in a biological (or related) subject and/or previous relevant experience
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, that enable effective working relationships
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a diverse range of colleagues and BBSRC stakeholders of varying levels of seniority
  • Effective team worker, able to provide support to colleagues and work flexibly on own initiative
  • Ability to plan and prioritise tasks to deliver agreed outputs, as well as respond flexibly to changing requirements and ambiguity
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex information
  • A broad interest in bioscience and the aims and objectives of BBSRC.

The post will include travel in UK, and potentially overseas, with occasional overnight and weekend absences.

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. 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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