Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC248360
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 11 February 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: D
Contract Type: 6 Months Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th February 2019
Interview Date: 4th March 2019


UKRI is a new, independent, non-departmental public body, it brings together the functions of the seven Research Councils[1], Innovate UK, and Research England. The new body seeks to maximise value from government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per annum by 2020. It leads the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding in the UK, pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through research, and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research and business-led innovation. The Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England continue to provide strategic leadership to their disciplines and thematic areas and continue to control their own delegated budgets and manage institutes and facilities.


The UKRI HR function will be vital to the achievement of organisational objectives at a time of significant transformation and cultural change for the organisation.  It will deliver the full range of professional HR services to a large, complex, multi-site organisation employing a broad range of STEM, professional and support roles.  A team of HR Business Partners will act as the interface to the nine Councils and the Strategy/Corporate Services functions, supported by two key centres of excellence – People & Organisational Development and People Policy and Management.   

The HR People Policy and Management (PPM) team comprises a centre of excellence in HR policy, employee relations, pay and reward and pensions for UKRI. The employee relations portfolio includes managing the relationship with the Trades Union and the resolution of complex and sensitive casework. The policy portfolio includes development and implementation of fit-for-purpose HR policies.

As a member of the PPM team, the job holder will develop a concise set of HR policies and guidelines, which are in line with the UKRI and HR corporate visions and values. This will be a pivotal role in the PPM team. It will lead on the development, implementation and monitoring of HR policies. The role will work closely with the wider HR community, Trade Unions and the Governance, Assurance, Risk and Information team, to ensure that HR Policies are effective and fit business needs.

You will be required to undertake occasional travel (within UK) with possible overnight stays.

Policy Analysis 

  • identifying the key policies required to support UKRI’s business, and any supporting guidance/processes
  • ensuring local policies and supporting guidance are included in the scope of work, where required
  • conduct research and gathering insight, detailed analysis and interpretation, identifying trends and patterns, developing and evaluating options, and making recommendations for HR policy implementation and transformation. 

Policy writing 

  • drafting the content of the HR policies and any associated guidance in line with corporate guidelines and taking account of HR good practice and employment law
  • proactively keep abreast of external changes and trends in HR policy in both the public and private sector
  • the creation of a single policy based on content drawn from multiple policies already in use
  • proof reading draft documents ensuring content is clear and accurate
  • producing a plan which sets out the key steps required, milestones and deadlines to ensure the policies and guidance are delivered and published within the identified timescale
  • providing clear updates to the Working group identifying where changes have been proposed.

Stakeholder Engagement 

  • engaging with relevant stakeholders to ensure that policies are fit for purpose and provide appropriate guidance and frameworks for staff and managers
  • attending TU consultation/negotiation meetings in relation to the draft policies
  • arranging for the publication of the policies on the UKRI information hub and preparing relevant communications for staff.

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


  • knowledge of employment and case law
  • high level of PC literacy, numeracy, language and attention to detail
  • excellent oral and written skills
  • experience of designing and developing HR policies and processes, ideally coupled with experience of successful delivery
  • excellent understanding of process mapping
  • excellent communication and stakeholder management skills
  • ability to present policies and processes simply, using language to fit the organisation
  • ability to develop and take ownership of a clear plan with key milestones, delivering to deadlines.


  • experience of operating in the public sector
  • experience of HR Policy transformation projects.  



  • CIPD Level 3 or equivalent experience. 

Interview Criteria


  • personal effectiveness – ability to show initiative and management of workload
  • excellent analytical skills and highly numerate with a strong attention to detail
  • ability to influence and communicate at all levels in the organisation
  • strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong and effective business relationships
  • discretion and observant of confidentiality
  • proven ability to organise and prioritise workload and work on own initiative with confidence.


  • experience of working with multiple terms and conditions, working in a change environment and working with Trade Unions would be advantageous.

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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