Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253127
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 25 March 2020
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours No Defined Hours
Closing Date 19 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £26,932 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: C
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 months
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th April 2020


About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a world-leading multidisciplinary science organisation. As well as working collaboratively with academia and paving the way in UK scientific research, STFC is a national resource available to UK businesses, from spin-outs to corporates. Providing unique access to large scale science facilities, equipment and expertise, we work collaboratively with businesses in order to reduce the risk surrounding innovation and enable new applications of technology in truly exciting and disruptive ways. Everything we do is about driving productivity and growth in the UK economy. Our pioneering scientific research ensures that the UK remains competitive globally and our collaboration with UK businesses, both big and small, through the work we do at our campuses in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Edinburgh, supports regional development and increases job creation.

STFC is seeking to appoint a creative and talented Events Assistant to join the Impact and Engagement Team within the Business and Innovations Directorate (BID). The Directorate exists to bridge the gap between pioneering science and business. The Impact and Engagement team’s role is to communicate to industry and STFC’s key stakeholders in order to develop brand awareness and demonstrate the impact our support is having on the UK’s growth and economy.

About the role

Reporting into the Events Manager, who has more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business events management, the role will be challenging and varied. You will be an enthusiastic and active team member, working closely with 4 marketing professionals to ensure that events are successfully promoted. You will also work with colleagues across the Business and Innovations Directorate and others in Programs Directorate in supporting internal and external events, from smaller networking events to large international conferences involving partner organisations such as ESA and CERN and programs such as Bridging for Innovators. The role will also involve working autonomously, conducting analysis and contributing feedback on events to the Events Manager in order that STFC can keep abreast on which ones they should attend and/or sponsor.

The main duties of this post will include: 

  • Supporting all internal and external events
  • Analysis of events  
  • Taking ownership of routine networking and business support activities      
  • Work closely with the marketing team members on social media campaigns      
  • Support logistical and administrative tasks      
  • Maintain records for all projects     
  • Oversee and maintain the Events Calendar
  • Support and provide input to the department’s event processes      
  • Attend meetings     
  • Support the setup and dismantle of stands at internal and external exhibitions      
  • Contribute to the design of new event material   
  • Follow STFC’s inclusive events guidelines     
  • Ad-hoc support to all team members when required.

What we are looking for: 

You will need to be a self-starter capable of working under minimal supervision and comfortable in working with a wide variety of individuals at all levels. Having good interpersonal skills is crucial as is the ability to think quickly and problem solve. We are looking for someone who is a team player, uses their initiative and is able to bring new ideas to the team. Organisation is key to this role as well as a can-do attitude and a good eye for detail. The role will involve travel to other STFC sites as well as conference/exhibition locations throughout the UK. You will have some experience in an event role and will be seeking a challenge where no 2 days are the same.


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    


  • Business/Event related degree or appropriate demonstrable experience relevant to the post
  • Some experience in an event role
  • A knowledge of using social media platforms to promote events
  • Excellent writing and communication skills both verbal and written.

Quality of cover letter


  • Knowledge/experience of using InDesign, Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • Experience of early stage, innovation focused companies
  • Broad-based understanding of science and technology.

Interview Criteria


  • A knowledge of using social media platforms to promote events
  • Excellent writing and communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain professionalism under pressure
  • Highly organised with the ability to make decisions and use own initiative
  • Confident to work with senior staff and VIP Guests
  • A proven ability to build and maintain productive relationships
  • A passion for events
  • Enthusiastic and focused on contributing to the delivery of the very best events
  • Proactive,with a 'can do' attitude
  • Discrete and diplomatic
  • Flexible enough to work outside of core hours and off-site should the situation arise.


  • Proven project management skills
  • Experience of early stage, innovation focused companies
  • Broad-based understanding of science and technology
  • Knowledge/experience of using InDesign, Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • Confident with Microsoft Office packages and Outlook.


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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