Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Reference Number IRC248249
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357 - £30357
Date Posted 06 February 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 February 2019
Interview Date 19 March 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (min 0.8 FTE)
Closing Date: 24th February 2019
Interview Date: 19th March 2019

UKRI International is a ‘shared capability’ of UKRI, responsible for overseeing and coordinating URKI’s bilateral and multilateral partnerships and engagements in pursuit of UKRI’s international ambitions and strategy, working in close partnership with the individual councils’ international teams, as well as key stakeholders nationally and internationally.

We are seeking to recruit an International Policy Manager to a small team which acts as the main point of contact for international partner organisations, coordinating the development and management of relations and collaborative approaches with key international partners, working closely with UKRI offices in China, India and the United States, as well as the UK Research Offices in Brussels.

The team also oversee the strategic management, coordination and delivery of the new £110m Fund for International Collaboration established to strengthen the UKRI’s position as an international partner of choice with other leading research and innovation nations.

You will be responsible for supporting the development of UKRI’s relations with key global research and innovation partners and stakeholders, as well as supporting and managing the delivery of international collaborative activity. You can therefore expect to work closely with colleagues from across UKRI councils, UKRI overseas teams and a wide range of partners and stakeholders within the UK and internationally.

UKRI international also includes UKRI teams coordinating and leading cross-UKRI delivery of the Newton and Global Challenges Research Fund. You will be expected to work closely with colleagues within this team providing mutual cover and support as necessary, as well as opportunities for gaining wider experience and career development.

Excellent project and time management skills are essential to keep abreast of diverse portfolio of work. The post may include line management responsibilities.

Generic responsibilities for the role:

  • providing project support to work packages and tasks supporting the development and delivery of UKRI’s international vision and strategy
  • lead on the coordination and preparation of responses to briefing requests internally, including from senior UKRI colleagues; and externally, in particular from within the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • represent UKRI and present on the work of the Councils to a range of national and international stakeholders, partners and visitors
  • contribute to the work of the international team in positioning UKRI so that it is well positioned to maximise the opportunities and mitigate the risks arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union
  • support the development and renewal of selected collaborative agreements with sister agencies internationally, working closely with colleagues across UKRI, overseas teams, as well as external stakeholders
  • coordinate and support internal cross-Council international networks
  • support UKRI’s role and engagement in international networks, such as the OECD Global Science Forum and the Global Research Council
  • liaison and day-to-day point of contact with selected UK stakeholders working within the international environment in the UK
  • support UKRI’s engagement around major international forums and events, such as ministerial visits and joint committees
  • potential line management of others within the team
  • other ad hoc activities in support of UKRI international mission and objectives.

please note that for this role applicants should be willing and able to undertake some international travel. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are able to undertake international travel.

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.

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


  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, or the ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and skill
  • experience of working with external stakeholders and a demonstrable ability to influence and persuade others, to work with people of all levels and to build good relationships with them
  • the ability to develop a range of written documents, including drafting crisp and concise briefing material and to produce clear papers and minutes
  • strong project management, planning and organisation skills
  • general PC skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office packages (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email and use of the internet as a search tool are a prerequisite of the post.


  • managerial skills or an appreciation of the skills and challenges associated with staff management.

Interview Criteria


  • an understanding of the work of UK Research and Innovation and its constituent councils
  • a demonstrable enthusiasm for the importance of research and innovation and its development and an understanding of what constitutes good research, as well as how it is applied in policy and professional contexts
  • excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • the ability to work independently, to multi-task, prioritise workloads and operate effectively within a team and project environment
  • sophisticated analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills, including the ability to broker solutions to complex situations.


  • experience in working with policy/government.
Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as EPSRC does not hold a sponsorship licence.

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).

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.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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