Organisation ESRC
Organisation Detail Economic and Social Research Council
Reference Number IRC246296
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £71354 - £91174
Date Posted 09 August 2018
Grade UKRI-Band H
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 October 2018
Interview Date 12 October 2018

Brief Description

Location: The post can be located in either London or Swindon. If based in Swindon, there will be regular travel to London. There will also be a requirement for occasional travel across the UK including overnight stays.

Contract type: The post is offered initially as a fixed term contract for 30 months, we do anticipate that it may become a longer term role in due course. Secondment requests are welcomed subject to approval from your employer.

Hours: Full-time. ESRC have a wide range of policies to support work/life balance. As such, we welcome full time/part time/compressed hours applications for this role. We would encourage you to have a conversation with us if you seek flexible hours. As a guide we would consider applications of a minimum of 0.8 FTE for this role given its responsibilities. Please state in your cover letter if you would like us to consider this.

Total salary package: This is a senior appointment in the organisation and remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate(s) ranging between £71,354 - £91,174, based on skills and experience. 

Grade: UKRI Grade H, SCS 1.

Reporting to: ESRC Executive Chair.
Responsible for: Strategic Hub team – approx. 5-7 FTEs.

Closing Date: 1st October 2018.
Interview Date: 12th October 2018 in London.
Start Date: The anticipated start date is January 2019, subject to notice periods.


About Us:

ESRC, as part of UKRI, is funding an important new investment in research infrastructure to maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for research – the Administrative Data for Research Partnership (ADRP). ADRP aims to engage government and academic communities in innovative research to address major societal challenges by releasing the potential of the UK’s wealth of administrative data.

The Strategic Hub:

A number of different organisations will be working together to deliver the ADRP. These include Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRCs), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Chief Statisticians and their teams in the devolved administrations. In addition, a new Strategic Hub is being created by ESRC to provide the overall strategic leadership for the ADRP. Among other things, the Strategic Hub will lead and co-ordinate the strategic engagement with government departments to build increased support within government for harnessing the huge research potential of administrative data to deliver benefits in the public good.

As Director, Strategic Hub, you will be an influential and visible advocate of the benefits of providing research access to administrative data, as well as the overall Programme Director for the ADRP, accountable for its successful delivery. You will have a small team (approximately 5-7 FTEs) with a remit that includes strategic engagement, programme management and operational delivery, and communications. You and your team will need to work closely alongside the ONS, ADRCs and Chief Statisticians in the devolved administrations to effectively deliver the strategic objectives of the ADRP. Key external stakeholders include UK Government Departments, the devolved administrations and the research community, including other relevant research organisations and centres across the UK. 

This is a high profile and strategically important role as this investment in administrative data is a key foundation for our longer term strategic ambitions for data infrastructure. You will have a budget of over £5million across three years for the activities of the Strategic Hub. The total investment in ADRP will be >£40million.

The role of the Strategic Hub is to:

  • provide strategic leadership within ADRP, building coherence and effective collaboration across the partnership, to successfully deliver against the agreed strategic objectives
  • provide strategic leadership externally to champion administrative data for research, to support strategic data acquisition and research access and to engage more widely to shape strategic priorities
  • build wider partnerships and synergies to embed ADRP within the wider data infrastructure and research landscape, to support longer term sustainability of ADRP and maintain public acceptance for using data in this way. 

Reporting Arrangements:

You will be the overall ADRP Programme Director, responsible for holding the other delivery partners (ONS, the ADRCs and Chief Statisticians in the devolved administrations) to account. You will be accountable for ensuring effective co-ordination and overall delivery of the programme. The ESRC Executive Chair will be the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO), supported by the ADRP Programme Delivery Board and the Council member with special responsibility for this area (Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge). As Programme Director, you will report to the SRO and the ADRP Programme Delivery Board.

Key Responsibilities:

  • to be accountable as programme director for the effective delivery of the ADRP, and to hold the ADRP partners to account for effective delivery of their agreed activities. To effectively manage budgets, risks and issues, reporting and escalating to the Programme Delivery Board as appropriate
  • to build and promote an effective partnership within ADRP, so that there is close collaboration to deliver shared strategic objectives and issues are effectively identified and addressed in a timely manner
  • to be a credible and influential champion for administrative data research across a wide range of stakeholders, including the academic community, senior levels of government and other research organisations, in addition to building and maintaining public acceptance
  • to shape and deliver strategic impact programmes of research through effective engagement and collaboration
  • to make sure that the Strategic Hub is appropriately resourced, and to effectively manage staff within the Strategic Hub.

For further information on the Administrative Data for Research Partnership (ADRP) and further background to Administrative Data Research please click here.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the role or require any further information please do get in touch with Ruth Gibson, Deputy Director at ESRC (

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 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s leading research agency for funding research and training in the social sciences. Investing over £180 million a year every year our mission is to enable government, business and the public to learn about social change and the reasons behind it. Further details can be found here.

Person Specification:


Skills and experience:

  • demonstrable ability to effectively engage across government at Ministerial and other senior levels, with a high degree of personal credibility and gravitas, and an excellent understanding of the drivers and constraints on government departments
  • highly influential negotiator, able to build trust and identify shared interests and objectives with a range of key stakeholders, including the academic community
  • experience of delivering complex or challenging projects or programmes. Excellent programme management skills and ability to effectively identify and address issues which may threaten successful delivery
  • experience of building effective partnerships and working in collaboration to deliver under pressure.


  • a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in delivering administrative data for research from the perspectives of academics and the wider research community, government and the public.


  • commitment to upholding and promoting equality and diversity.



  • a Masters Degree or above, business school qualification or equivalent experience demonstrated to that level.


  • understanding of and insight into the emerging areas of the social sciences and how these relate to challenge-driven research.

Employee Benefits:

UKRI recognise 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.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as ESRC does not hold a sponsorship licence.

The closing date for applications is 1st October 2018. Interviews for this vacancy are currently scheduled to take place on 2nd November 2018 in London (please hold this date).

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