Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC249022
Location London See on Map
Salary £59023
Date Posted 14 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 May 2019
Interview Date 06 June 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £59,023 (Plus £4,945 London Allowances if based in London)
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (job share accepted)
Closing Date: 28th May 2019
Interview Date: 6th June 2019

Roles will be based in UKRI’s offices in London or Swindon, with regular travel to the other. We support flexible working and would be happy to discuss working patterns with candidates.


This role leads a branch in the strategy unit which brings together the different overall elements of investment, working with the analytical team to form advice on the right balances, and ensures our proactive and reactive narrative is compelling.

Reporting lines

  • reports to Deputy Director, Strategy Unit
  • includes line management of 4 Band Fs and leadership of an overall team of ~8.

Key responsibilities of the role

  • support and provide leadership to a programme considering the balance of funding across QR and Research Council funding, working with analysts to build and interrogate a robust evidence base for benefits and impacts, appraise options and provide advice on the most appropriate future balance to ministers
  • work with analysts to develop the evidence base and develop policy proposals on efficiency, and on funding eligibility for different types of UKRI support, taking into account sustainability of the overall system
  • bring together these projects, working closely with the analytical team, to develop advice on the overall balance of different investment strands for the strategy as a whole, anchored in a strategy to help deliver the Government’s target to lift total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027
  • lead on the preparation of set-piece documents that set out UKRI’s forward strategy, in the next year this will include: the interim 2.4% roadmap, the Overview of performance for the Annual Report and Accounts, the final internal SR proposal from UKRI and working with BEIS on the final 2.4% roadmap
  • lead the stakeholder mapping and key account management function to identify UKRI’s top corporate stakeholders and ensure we have a coherent and pragmatic approach to engaging with them and sharing information
  • lead the UKRI briefing hub to ensure we respond promptly, accurately and appropriately to requests for briefing, whether for meetings, contributing to speeches, answering parliamentary questions or more broadly. 

Key Skills

Skill type

You will need to:

  • set and lead an agenda in the gathering and interrogation of evidence on balanced funding, sustainability and efficiency to inform overall balance of strategy
  • be adept in taking complex issues and producing extremely compelling and effective written products for a range of different audiences, based on a keen appreciation of the political context
  • build collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly in UKRI Councils, with central analysis and communication teams, and with BEIS, as well as externally
  • effectively manage and coach 4 direct reports to deliver quality results, often at pace
  • effectively lead the branch of 8 and play an active role as part of the senior management team of the strategy unit.

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


  • educated to degree level or equivalent
  • previous experience in provision of high quality written and verbal advice suitable for executive and senior level decision makers
  • experience of setting an agenda, and responding to shifting priorities
  • able to structure and solve complex problems (though does not have to be in a public policy context)
  • confident in developing collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders, internally, externally and across partner organisations including senior stakeholders
  • successful in effectively managing and leading a team to deliver quality outcomes.


  • experience of science policy and research 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).

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.

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

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