Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Swindon Office
Reference Number IRC245494
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 12 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 June 2018
Interview Date 12 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: UKRI Band D/NERC Band 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 and 24 month duration's, total of 4 roles, applicants to specify their preferred option in cover letter)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 24th June 2018
Interview Date: Thursday 12th July 2018

Purpose of the role:

This role requires you to work primarily within the Research Team on commissioning and programme management of NERC investments, but you will also work as required across wider activities within the Research and Innovation Directorate.

Primary tasks:

The role may involve working on a range of investments and the exact activities undertaken by you will vary as PM portfolios change to accommodate team working.

Planning and managing NERC investments:

  • take responsibility for assessment of proposals for funding (from remit checking, arranging peer review, selecting panel members, arranging panel and programme executive board meetings and delivering post-award actions) ensure appropriate and timely communications at all times with those involved
  • carry out specific programme activities, e.g. monitoring programme budgets; organising programme meetings and communications; preparing papers, reports and briefings, maintaining webpages
  • activity manage Assistant Programme Managers and administrative support staff in order to meet agreed timetables and processes.

Liaising with external stakeholders:

  • act as an interface with researchers (universities, other environmental agencies and research centres) and research users (business, government and policy makers) for agreed areas of NERC activity
  • deal with enquiries and provide guidance on NERC strategy, policies and processes
  • liaise with research funders and users, representing NERC on advisory groups and committees, working with Government Departments and Agencies, other Research Councils, businesses and overseas research funders
  • provide advice, briefings, responses to consultations, answers to Parliamentary Questions and other ad hoc enquiries.

Internal interfaces:

Other Research and Innovation Team colleagues, Head Office administrative support members, colleagues across Head Office at all levels and other RCUK and Research Council colleagues.

Secondary tasks:

Other ad hoc tasks such as analysing investments, data gathering and analysis and the coordination and preparation of reports and briefings.

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 and Interview Criteria:


Applicants are expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of interest, knowledge, training, experience and skills in the following areas:

  • graduate level understanding of environmental science issues and how research works (gained through any relevant study and/or experience)
  • ability to learn quickly, understand and work with NERC’s administrative and business processes and environmental science concepts and terminology
  • excellent communication skills (written and spoken), with the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people with different needs
  • excellent organisational skills, with the ability to be flexible, multi-task, prioritise and manage a busy workload. Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • self-motivated, with a pro-active approach to ensuring tasks are delivered; able to work alone and in teams
  • IT skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office packages, e-mail and the internet
  • presentation and business report writing skills
  • problem solving and negotiation skills.


  • PhD in an academic discipline relevant to NERC science
  • experience of managing projects, people and budgets
  • experience of working with senior academics, policy makers, other public sector bodies and businesses
  • experience of partnership working
  • knowledge and understanding of Peer Review and its importance
  • understanding of Grants management systems
  • understanding of cultural drivers and challenges in the academic, government and business sectors
  • demonstrable skills of managing relationships with people working at all levels.

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, career average, occupational pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance of 30 days plus 10.5 days bank and other holidays and flexible working hours.
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.

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. Please note applications failing to meet the above criteria may not be considered.

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