Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Swindon Office
Reference Number IRC245139
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48202
Date Posted 15 May 2018
Grade NERC-4 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date 21 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202 
Grade: UKRI Grade F/NERC Band 4
Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (Flexible working will also be considered)
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018
Interview Date: 21st June 2018

Please note this vacancy is open to current UK Research and Innovation and Civil Service employees only.

Overall purpose:

Achieve impact from existing investments in environmental research through focussed innovation funding, translating outcomes into business practice and policy, in line with NERC strategy.

As Joint Head, Innovation Programmes and Partnerships, exploring opportunities for NERC to achieve impact from existing investments in environmental research, translating outcomes into business practice and policy. This will involve engagement with business and academic communities.

Lead areas are reviewed and updated periodically in line with NERC Strategy taking advice from the relevant advisory functions. It is anticipated that this role would focus initially on enabling innovation areas in Earth and Energy, Sustainable Food Production, Natural Resources, Terrestrial, Risk Management and Infrastructure Research & Innovation areas. The appointee would also work closely with the Associate Director, Innovation and Partnerships to provide oversight for the delivery of ISCF bids where there is NERC leadership or substantial NERC contribution.

You will therefore be managing an innovation portfolio to implement effective approaches to:

  • business and other non-academic user engagement, identifying and engaging with key stakeholders in areas relevant to NERC strategy and ensuring the correct links are made within and beyond NERC to identify opportunities for the translation of existing research into impact
  • supporting research organisations to deliver impact through development of projects and programmes at a range of scales
  • design and implementation of mechanisms, with a focus on speed of delivery and flexibility to ensure user needs are met in a timely fashion
  • developing strong links across UKRI councils to ensure environmental science solutions can be brought to bear on cross-cutting challenges
  • working in partnership with other organisations (e.g. other UK and International funding organisations/ businesses) to maximise the impact of NERC-funded science.

You will work closely with relevant Heads of Research, National Capability and Capital to ensure clear line of sight to past research outcomes and planned research programmes, facilitating user engagement where appropriate and ensuring impact development from the breadth of NERC funding.


  • provide information and advice to the Associate Director of Innovation and Partnerships and the Director of Research and Innovation on relevant NERC investments. Where required provide information and advice to NERC Boards
  • contribute to the delivery of other NERC objectives, for example on communication and public engagement, as required.

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 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the largest funder of environmental science in the UK. We invest £300 million each year in research, training and innovation through UK universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the whole planet from pole to pole, from deep Earth and oceans to upper atmosphere and space. Through collaboration with scientific partners, business and policy-makers, our science supports sustainable economic growth and improves public wellbeing. Our Headquarters in Swindon provides the corporate policy, planning and administrative focus for NERC.

Shortlisting & Interview Criteria


  • graduate-level (or equivalent) knowledge and practical experience of developing and leading portfolios of work
  • experience of commissioning and delivery of funded programmes, including in partnership with other public and private sector organisations
  • extensive experience in managing internal and external stakeholders
  • experience in ensuring stability in newly formed processes
  • experience building strong customer-supplier relationships
  • experience managing budgets, resources and demonstrable commercial acumen
  • show clear leadership and team management skills and experience
  • have demonstrable senior level networking, communicating and influencing skills to be able to address the requirements of the role
  • be able to contribute at senior level to a wide range of issues and represent NERC.


  • graduate education in a related area of science
  • experience in optimising operations, including best practice and governance.

Our centrally located Swindon campus is shared with 7 other research councils and hosts approximately 1300 staff, which provides a pleasant, comfortable working environment. The purpose designed building, set in its own grounds, is convenient for bus and rail stations, shops and leisure facilities and provides excellent facilities including free on- site parking (subject to waiting list), bike sheds, bistro and shop.

We offer a defined benefit occupational pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance of 30 days plus 10.5 days bank and other holidays and flexible working hours. Details on pension options can be found at
As an IiP employer NERC encourages and supports development both in terms of the needs of the job, but also future career development. We expect our people to work flexibly and so you may have the opportunity to work across a number of jobs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Please note this vacancy is open to current UK Research and Innovation and Civil Service employees only.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please attach an up to date CV and a covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to match the criteria, will not be considered.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact the UK SBS Recruitment Team on 01793 867000. Please quote the relevant IRC reference number when calling.