Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251810
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 12 November 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 December 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 (depending on experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term Maternity cover (12 months)/Secondment opportunities available
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date : 11th December 2020

The STFC International Research and Programme Media Manager is responsible within UKRI for promoting STFC facilities, grant funded-research programmes, international partnerships, and knowledge exchange and economic impact through:

  • Devising, implementing and delivering end-to-end media campaigns
  • Maintenance of an effective issues-management system and associated on-call rota.

You will manage the work and development of a media officer, and also call upon the press officers in Daresbury, UK ATC and RAL, and across UKRI, when required and keep a broad awareness of emerging news across all STFC sites and programmes and ensure effective media monitoring.

You will provide specialist guidance, leadership and professional development and mentoring to the wider STFC retained communications team.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

 The main duties will include:


  • Ensure that STFC science, technology and facilities and in particular the resulting social and economic impact, is regularly featured positively in the national and regional mass media, trade and specialist media including lifestyle and consumer media when appropriate. (60%), leading to increased organisational profile and reputation for UKRI and STFC
  • Facilitate creative ways of engaging with the media, including more pitching direct to media and increased use of broadcast media (20%)
  • Ensure an effective issues management strategy remains in place to deal effectively with adverse media attention and comment, anticipating likely risks to the organisational reputation and preparing for them, including crisis scenarios (20%).


  • Manage the implementation of media elements of the communications strategy through the planning of long-term activities, end-to-end media campaigns and daily decision making on which potential stories to deliver. Evaluate and test the strategy for effectiveness to ensure continuous improvement
  • Manage the Issues Management System to ensure it is regularly maintained, with new issues identified and briefing lines prepared with key Directors, accessible to communications staff to protect STFC’s reputation and allow clear and concise messages to be delivered even in times of adverse commentary
  • Ensure effective policies and processes are implemented in all media relations activities that enable clear, consistent and timely dissemination of STFC information and that effective quality control procedures are in place
  • Direct line management responsibility for Press Officers to include establishing personal development plans and personal work plans for all direct reports
  • Research and write content for press releases, articles, briefing papers, publications and other material allocating resources as required
  • Sub editing and quality control of all press releases, briefing papers, information notes and other content generated
  • Lead and project manage press conferences, journalist briefings and media field trips to STFC facilities and international locations
  • Working with UKRI, develop crisis communications plan building on Crisis and Business Continuity work at each of STFC’s sites, and enhance and maintain an effective media monitoring and evaluation reporting mechanism
  • Hold regular team meetings to monitor progress, identify opportunities and resolve issues
  • Able to work flexible hours to deliver results and participate in a 24 hour on call rota (additional on call allowance included).

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 Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria (S) Interview Criteria (I) and both (S&I)


  • Full membership of the CIPR or similar organisation (S)
  • Experience managing a busy proactive press office or equivalent news team, preferably in a science environment (S&I)
  • Good understanding of the current political environment and how it impacts public sector communications (S&I)
  • Experience in generating and disseminating stories on science commercialisation and innovation (S&I)
  • Demonstrated experience in developing creative ways to generate media opportunities (S&I)
  • Able to travel nationally (multiple times a month) and internationally (as required, not usually more than once a month) (I)
  • Able to work flexible hours to deliver results and participate in a 24 hour on call rota (I)
  • The gravitas, credibility, interpersonal and communications skills to act as ambassador for STFC with the media and stakeholders and to engage internal stakeholders with credibility (I)
  • Demonstrated ability to operate with minimal supervision (I)
  • Knowledge of UKRI within the UK science base (I)
  • Comfortable under pressure or with unexpected occurrences (I).


  • A degree in a scientific subject OR a degree in Communications/Public Relations with science qualifications at GCSE/A-Level or equivalent
  • Experience of media in an international context
  • Public sector management experience or good private sector equivalent
  • Experience of managing or working within a multi-site team
  • Good knowledge/experience of the STFC research portfolio
  • A passion for science in all forms and the benefits it brings.

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.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent defined benefit 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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