Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC247680
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 05 December 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 January 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 13th January 2019
Interview Date: TBC
Location: Swindon or London



This role will deliver the secretariat function to support the Board of UKRI as well as the Executive Committee and Strategy Committee. It is also pivotal in helping the whole strategy directorate work together to deliver strategy on time and with success. The Board is chaired by Sir John Kingman and brings together a broad range of very senior experts and leaders. It plays a critical role in establishing and leading this new organisation and realising the opportunities it presents. The Executive Committee brings together the heads of UKRI’s councils, with its CFO and Strategy Director, and is chaired by the CEO. It is the most senior executive function in leading and delivering through UKRI.

The Strategy Committee is chaired by the Strategy Director and supports the Executive Committee in developing and delivering strategy. As the secretariat you will provide strategic leadership, foresight and planning to help ensure that each of these crucial pieces of the organisation deliver to its full potential.


We are recruiting for the Board Secretariat and Strategy Planning team, which plays a crucial role within UKRI’s Strategy Directorate. Supporting UKRI’s Board, Executive Committee and Strategy Committee you will play a critical role in the success of the development of this new organisation. The role is therefore a real opportunity to have a lasting impact on both the UKRI's capability and the Department's delivery of its key priorities.

You will cover the following responsibilities:

  • provide secretariat support to the UKRI Board, Executive Committee and Strategy Committee, and ensure these Committees have a strategic and forward-looking programme of work
  • proactively manage UKRI’s overall plan for developing strategy and its Risk Register for strategy development, supporting the Strategy Director and the Senior Management Team
  • assist in drafting minutes from Committee meetings, which provide a crucial element of the overall governance of UKRI
  • plan and organise a programme of visits and away days for the Board
  • build and maintain excellent relationships with stakeholders both inside UKRI, external stakeholders and government
  • lead on the logistical and practical arrangements for Committee meetings and work with external venues to ensure the Board’s requirements are met
  • manage the Board Secretariat inbox, respond to queries and be a first point of contact for members and stakeholders
  • support the wider team in delivering UKRI’s organisational objectives.

You should be able to take a ‘big picture’ view of the organisation but maintain an acute attention to detail. You will have excellent organisational skills and be a clear communicator with both colleagues and senior leaders. You must be able to react quickly and independently to altering plans and be able to judge when to take the initiative or escalate an issue accordingly.

Within the flexible work style of this new and growing organisation, individual responsibilities may evolve and change to manage the broader range of work priorities.


The role will be based in UKRI’s offices both in London and Swindon, with regular working in both and travel to the other. We support flexible working and would like to encourage a diverse range of applicants - we would be very happy to discuss working patterns with candidates on a case by case basis to ensure we achieve this. UKRI’s Swindon office is Polaris House, adjacent to the railway station and its London office is on Victoria Embankment.

If you wish to be based in London this will attract London weighting to the base salary.

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 and Interview Criteria:


  • proven organisational skills and ability to balance multiple or changing priorities
  • experience communicating with senior stakeholders
  • experience planning events
  • experience of working in a team
  • ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
  • high standard of written English, able to communicate clearly and eloquently
  • flexibility to adapt to a complex, varied and demanding workload.


  • experience working in a Secretariat role or similar
  • experience managing finances (inc expenses)
  • knowledge and/or passion of research and innovation policy/strategy and funding landscape.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House, Swindon only).

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

Employee Benefits:

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values 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.

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