Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC248255
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 05 February 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31/03/2020)
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (0.6 FTE and above)
Closing Date: 25th February 2019
Interview Date: W/C 11th March 2019

We are looking for two Project Managers to lead the delivery of key projects within a new Programme Office which will support more than £2.2billion research and innovation spend for development over the spending review period. These roles are an excellent opportunity to take forward significant new projects related to strategy development, fund allocations and portfolio management and reporting tools.

Research and innovation (R&I) is at the heart of UK economic growth, the Industrial Strategy and an outward looking Global Britain. This new Programme Management Office will be part of the BEIS-led Research and Innovation Official Development Assistance (ODA) Unit which is responsible for ensuring BEIS spend supports cutting-edge research to address the problems faced by developing countries and works to build science and innovation capacity in developing countries and the UK. The unit overseas two significant government ODA funds – the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Further information on these funds can be found at and It is a multidisciplinary team of approximately 20 people, based in both Swindon (employed through UKRI) and London and including policy, delivery, finance, analysis and comms experts.

These roles will be based in Swindon but require regular travel to London.


The post is in a newly established Programme Management Office which will be responsible for providing services to the wider R&I ODA Unit in support of the management and coordination of the Newton Fund and GCRF. Reporting to the Head Research and Innovation ODA, the post-holders will project manager several important and significant ongoing ODA R&I projects including:

  • Newton Country Strategy Refresh Project
  • allocations process
  • reporting Transformation Project 
  • Transparency Project.

These projects form a core part of wider transformation activities aimed at improving BEIS ODA R&I strategic, policy and delivery aims and objectives as well as supporting Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) delivery partners.

You will be an experienced project manager with excellent skills and capabilities, including the ability to plan, communicate, negotiate and manage quality and risks to ensure delivery to plan, on time and in full.

Given the nature of the role, an ability to foster a collaborative, collegiate approach across virtual teams in support of collective working will be needed.  Strong negotiating skills are important to ensure that positive relationships are built, as a key feature of the work is delivery through partnership.


Main Outputs & Activities:

  • operating within agreed reporting structures, you will plan, design, execute, monitor and control your assigned project(s) ensuring that they are completed on time and to budget
  • project manage all aspects of the day-to-day operational aspects of your assigned projects throughout their project cycle
  • develop appropriate project documentation including detailed plans, budgets, risks and issues logs and use them to effectively manage your projects
  • facilitate and support project board meetings and lead project advisory groups and other stakeholder meetings ensuring appropriate papers are developed and actions captured and carried out
  • develop and disseminate planning, scheduling, and briefing information to the Project Board, Portfolio and Operational Management Board and other stakeholders as required
  • monitor project activity against project plans, managing risks and bringing emerging issues and suggested solutions to the notice of the project board as necessary
  • review your project(s) on completion and advise improvements to planning and delivery mechanisms as necessary
  • play an active and constructive part of Programme Management Office and ODA Research Management team to support delivery of team milestones and objectives and contribute to the successful management and coordination of the Newton Fund and GCRF
  • establish and maintain strong working relationships with key individuals in each Delivery Partners, BEIS and HMG where appropriate.

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:


  • experience of managing complex projects in a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environment
  • excellent planning, organisational, analytical and time management skills. Experience of project management tools and methodologies.
  • strong analytical and product/deliverable management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements
  • track record in developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships both internally and with external partners to deliver key outcomes. 


  • an understanding Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend
  • experience of IT/digital projects.



  • educated to first degree level or relevant experience.


  • a recognised project or programme management qualification.

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.

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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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