Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250366
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £19404
Date Posted 09 August 2019
Grade RC-B
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 August 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,404 per annum
Grade: UKRI B
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th August 2019

Team Purpose:

We provide creative, design and production services to the whole of UKRI, including all the Councils and other organisations associated with them. Our aim is to deliver an outstanding standard of creative design, account management and print production services, offering integrated services across print and digital media, as well as range of complementary services.

We have a client centred, collaborative can-do approach and working attitude, helping our clients in defining their briefs and solving the challenges they face. We offer doorstep convenience and accessibility to services developed specifically with our clients’ needs in mind, and continually evolve our services in consultation with them – our goal is to give our clients the services they want, need and will use.

We are passionate about what we do and believe in fostering innovation. We believe in developing people and ideas to their full potential, and always welcome a challenge. We are commercially minded and accountable for our performance and reporting. Our vision is to become the best in-house creative, design and production department in the UK.

Job Purpose:

The primary objective of the role is to provide a friendly, professional and responsive Design Services to UKRI.

You will work closely with the design team, gaining experience in dealing with UKRI design requirements. You will also be working towards completion of a recognised qualification in design.

You will work on a variety of accounts ensuring that all clients are consistently satisfied with the quality of service being delivered. You will gain graphic design skills and gain the ability to juggle multiple projects.

Main Outputs and Activities:


  • to work towards successful completion of a recognised qualification in design
  • to gain an understanding of how to take a brief from concept through to delivery, whether it is for print, online or display, and manage the delivery of high quality, creative design and production solutions. When up to speed, be responsible for specific projects
  • to show, through completed work, compliance of the corporate identities of each client
  • to work within the Design team and gain an understanding for scheduling and managing design projects including hands-on design a wide range of print and digital materials
  • continually check work to ensure high standards of accuracy
  • through a comprehensive training programme, gain an understanding of all processes and roles with JRS.


  • to liaise with JRS colleagues regarding design services maintaining quality and efficiency
  • to liaise with the Client Services team with regards to design briefs and job specifications.

Approach to Work:

  • maintaining a client-centred, positive and inspiring culture
  • highly motivated, with a polite friendly and diplomatic manner
  • playing an active role in the JR Steam.


  • adhere to our Client Services Principles
  • develop and manage your expected productivity levels
  • develop and manage your expected skill levels, and continuously improve your capabilities
  • develop and maintain a good awareness of JRS’ essential basics
  • demonstrate a good understanding of JRS’ objectives in regards to
    • operation and comms
    • financial
    • staff and Culture
    • develop and maintain a good awareness of UKRI’s essential basics.

Working Relationships:


  • clients – Liaising directly with clients on design and typesetting briefs
  • client Services Team – Answering technical questions to ensure best advice is passed on to clients
  • JRS Colleagues – To discuss next stage of the production process.


  • occasional discussion with external design/print company.

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:


  • qualified to ’GCSE’ level or equivalent (Maths and English)
  • to have an aptitude in design
  • computer literate and competent in use of Microsoft Office applications
  • to have an enthusiasm to work in a design and print environment.


  • previous experience working in a design environment or recently attending a design course at college.

Interview Criteria:


  • good communications skills
  • evidence of a positive can-do attitude and team mentality
  • to have an aptitude in design ideas
  • a sharp eye for detail
  • good problem-solving skills
  • good verbal and written communication skills.
  • good organisational skills and a keen attention to detail.


  • ability to work effectively and collaboratively under pressure
  • ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.


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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.

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