Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Swindon Office
Reference Number IRC245140
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48202
Date Posted 15 May 2018
Grade NERC-4 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date 03 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202
Grade: UKRI Grade F/NERC Band 4
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (Flexible working will also be considered)
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018
Interview Date: 3rd July 2018

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

Overall Purpose:

Lead the transformation and delivery of NERC’s science services, facilities and data portfolio (which includes e-infrastructure and data strategy), plus large research infrastructure.

You will provide oversight for and leadership to NERC’s science facilities and data portfolio, including reporting, annual reviews and any relevant evaluations, drawing together skills and experience externally and across the Research and Innovation Directorate.


  • ensure that investments are monitored, evaluated and communicated to all relevant stakeholders
  • provide expert advice within and external to NERC: act as the NERC Head Office expert on issues relating to scientific data and information, open access and open science, science services and facilities. This includes working across Research Councils and representing NERC in Government and other data groups, as appropriate
  • work closely with the Head of National Capability Commissioning to deliver the entirety of the NC portfolio collectively
  • manage the relationship between NERC and the data centres and NERC Research Centres and act as NERC HO’s ‘intelligent customer’ for these services
  • provide oversight of relevant budgets and be accountable for financial planning commitment and spend
  • provide line management for Senior Programme Managers and team management for the Science Facilities and Data function.


  • provide information and advice to the Associate Director of National Capability and Capital 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 leading portfolios including science services, facilities, data and/or HPC, etc.
  • experience of commissioning and delivery of science facilities, national capability and/or long term research
  • varied 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 with 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.