Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC245703
Location London See on Map
Salary £58208
Date Posted 29 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 August 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £58,208
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Flexible working requests will be considered)
Closing Date: 31st August 2018
Interview Date: TBC

This post is also available as a time bound secondment into UKRI, please ensure you have support for your application.


You will lead a step change in public engagement for UK Research and Innovation, developing new and deeper relationships with publics. You will take a creative and imaginative approach, bringing people across the organisation with you, to develop and deliver an overall vision and strategy for public engagement with research and innovation.

Working closely with the Chief Executive and Executive Committee, you will:

  • lead the development of an ambitious vision for public engagement
  • direct the development and delivery of a c.£20m central UK Research and Innovation public engagement programme
  • represent UK Research and Innovation and the organisation’s strategic interests at relevant national and international forums
  • oversee the coordination UK Research and Innovation’s public engagement activity across its councils
  • oversee and develop strategic partnerships, conducting regular dialogue with key delivery organisations, such as Funding Councils, DfE, Science Learning Centres, The Wellcome Trust, British Science Association, Learned Societies and Academies.


Key responsibilities of the role:

  • develop a compelling and impactful vision and strategy for UK Research and Innovation public engagement
  • direct the delivery of an approximately £20M programme of work and manage the public engagement team
  • as a senior member of UK Research and Innovation, demonstrate leadership in your professional area and across the organisation
  • support and contribute to the organisation’s culture and overall strategy
  • work across internal and external stakeholders, including forming constructive working relationships at all levels, and represent the interests of UK Research and Innovation with external stakeholders in national and international forums
  • coordinate and direct the public engagement work across UK Research and Innovation’s nine councils – ensuring its quality and alignment with a wider strategic approach
  • ensure that UK Research and Innovation draws on and engages with wide perspectives, including groups that are less often present in discussions on research and innovation
  • champion open and transparent approaches to decision making in UK Research and Innovation.

Other key information


Reports to the Deputy Director Communications and Engagement.

Line Manager responsibility for the public engagement team, currently seven staff.


This role will be based in UK Research and Innovation’s offices in both London and Swindon, with regular working in both and travel to the other.

Our Swindon office is in Polaris House, adjacent to the railway station, and our London office is currently BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, but will move to Blackfriars later in 2018.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, 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. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity;Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives;Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • evidence of having delivered nationally-relevant strategies and programmes of work in public engagement
  • demonstrable experience of leading public engagement teams and initiatives with positive impacts on a national scale
  • thorough understanding of the public engagement landscape nationally and internationally, and clear understanding of best practice and theory
  • strong people, project, financial and risk management skills
  • excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise their own workload with minimal supervision
  • ability to oversee and manage million-pound programme budgets
  • excellent interpersonal skills, able to build and maintain strong working relationships with senior leadership and a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external.


  • experience of working in or with the science, research, innovation or higher education sectors.



  • graduate or post-graduate qualification in relevant discipline or equivalent.

Interview Criteria


  • understanding of the latest developments in public engagement policies and strategies and best practice
  • ability to articulate a clear vision for UK Research and Innovation’s potential to positively impact systemic change in national public engagement
  • experience of developing and delivering strategy in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
  • experience of managing people and teams
  • evidence of successfully having led productive multi-stakeholder partnerships with demonstrable success
  • experience of developing collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders, internally, externally and across partner organisations including senior stakeholders
  • ability to show leadership beyond immediate area of responsibly to support wider organisational goals and culture.


  • experience of working in or with the science, research, innovation or higher education sectors
  • experience of change management and delivering outcomes in a changing organisational context.

Employee Benefits

UKRI recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings 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. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

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. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

Further information regarding working for UKRI can be found on our website.

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