Organisation MRC
Organisation Detail Medical Research Council, Head Office
Reference Number IRC245331
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 14 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Secondment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 June 2018
Interview Date 21 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: UKRI - D
Contract Type: Fixed Term Secondment - Negotiable (6-12 months to fit programme needs)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th June 2018
Interview Date: 21st June 2018

This role is only open to UKRI staff and employees of MRC Institutes, Units and Centres. Please discuss with your line manager ahead of applying for the role.

Overall purpose

To support the Head of Science Infrastructure Planning and work along side the existing Project Manager to achieve world class UK health research infrastructures by:

  • supporting MRC’s input into the UKRI Research and Innovation Roadmap
  • supporting the development of business cases for new infrastructure areas
  • developing a model to estimate MRCs future recurrent annual infrastructure requirements.

Main duties/key responsibilities:

UKRI Roadmap 

Biosciences Heath and Food Sector (BHF):

  • act as the day-to-day point of contact for the roadmap and coordinate activities and inputs between MRC and BBSRC office, keeping all relevant staff informed of progress
  • organise MRC input for the BBSRC/MRC BHF Advisory Group and the MRC Capital Planning Group
  • collate information on existing MRC infrastructures
  • analyse the survey responses from the sector being alert to cross-cutting areas/infrastructures and highlighting these to support engagement across sectors
  • assist with the development and implementation of horizon scanning workshop(s) to identify potential future requirements for the BH&F sector.

Other Sectors and external stakeholders:

  • work with the other Research Infrastructures Project Manager that leads on these sectors to support MRC’s interests in the developing infrastructure plans across UKRI by being a liaison point between the sectors and external stakeholders
  • organise meetings and support MRC input as required
  • support Head of Science Infrastructure Planning in ensuring MRC interests are represented in other key roadmap sectors
  • developing new infrastructure areas
  • work with infrastructure colleagues and Heads of Themes (HoTs) to support the development of business cases, this may include:
    • liaising with UKRI to understand business processes and update MRC groups as required
    • building relationships with MRC HoTs and Programme Managers to understand the infrastructure themes being developed
    • supporting the development of MRC business cases working with HoTs to develop the non-scientific elements e.g. financial costings in line with UKRI processes.

Model MRCs future recurrent annual infrastructure requirements

Working with various parts of the MRC Office (finance, operations, major projects), Units, Institutes and other stakeholders including Universities to help deliver evidence to UKRI and government to support the MRCs financial requirements for recurrent capital spend. This will require programme management, relationship management and financial planning and analysis.

This is a flexible role and you will be required to conduct any other duties or projects appropriate to the post’s band as agreed with your line manager e.g. ad hoc support for special projects, additional funding calls, workshops and strategic working groups.

Working relationships 

  • reporting to Head of Science Infrastructure Planning (line manager) and working closely with another research infrastructures project manager
  • regular interaction with a range of colleagues across MRC Head Office (Research Programmes Group, Finance, Major Projects) collectively involved in delivery of MRC capital funding strategy and planning
  • UKRI - Research Councils/Research England/RPIF
  • BEIS
  • charity partners and other government departments
  • MRC Units and Institutes
  • University regional consortia
  • University research and finance offices.

Staff Management: None.

Location: MRC Head Office Swindon.

Additional information

Successful applicants will be required to frequently work in the London office and be willing to stay overnight and work long hours on an occasional basis.  Additional, infrequent UK & European travel may also be necessary.

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 Medical Research Council (MRC) is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units and institutes in the UK.

Shortlisting and Interview criteria

Education/Qualifications/Training required:


  • educated to a degree level or equivalent.


  • project management qualification
  • degree in a science-related subject.

Previous workexperience required:


  • planning and project management experience, with ability to manage a busy workload with competing priorities
  • experience of effective working with multiple stakeholders
  • communicating to a range of audiences - including presentations and board papers
  • experience of financial analysis, planning and reporting.


  • experience of working in the public sector or higher education
  • preparation of business cases and strategy documents.

Knowledge and experience:


  • good understanding of biomedical and health research and its funding
  • knowledge of UK Universities and MRC funding partners
  • analysis of budgets and presenting financial options
  • engaging and motivating senior stakeholders
  • managing complex projects, maintaining documents and keeping accurate records
  • understanding and application of appropriate management tools.


  • awareness of research infrastructures and their funding
  • experience of project management and document design software.

Personal skills/Behaviours/Qualities:


  • ability to work with people and build relationships at all levels and across teams
  • willingness to work across a range of tasks and research areas
  • highly numerate and accurate
  • confident and clear presenter
  • motivates people and can negotiate, consult and build support
  • organised and proactive with strong planning skills
  • ability to organise complex information and present it simply.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.

The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (as part of UKRI from 1st April 2018) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

This role is only open to UKRI staff and employees of MRC Institutes, Units and Centres. Please discuss with your line manager ahead of applying for the role.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 10th June 2018. The interview for this vacancy will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018. Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded).

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling. IRC245331