Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250417
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877
Date Posted 26 July 2019
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 9th September 2019
Interview date: 24th September 2019

We are at the threshold of a transformation to maximise our impact at UKRI. The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate will be at the heart of that transformation. Join us and you will help the development and delivery of an exciting Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) transformation programme. This programme will put our users first and deliver business change through digital ways of working, digital technology and be data led.


To develop, maintain and deliver a user engagement strategy for DDaT to ensure user and business impact and benefits of DDaT projects is well understood by both DDaT and the business. This information will be communicated and acquired through multiple channels with content that is easy to understand. This will help drive user adoption and benefits realisation from the introduction of DDaT services.

There will be a requirement to provide cover and to work collaboratively across the team in line with work pressures to ensure that the Heads of Function are well supported and that the work and deliverables from the functions are clearly understood. The role will require the ability to manage and respond to different types of challenges and tasks on a daily basis in a pressurised, fast-paced environment.


  • Work closely with the CTO and DDaT heads of function to ensure that collateral development is aligned to the activities and deliverables of their functions
  • Establish regular ‘drumbeat’ of information that exposes the work of DDaT and currency or user benefits from DDaT services
  • Maintain constructive working relationships at all levels across internal and external stakeholders
  • Drive multi-channel DDaT content delivery across UKRI and assume service owner role for digital signage or similar technology
  • Work closely with council business partners to ensure that their needs are met in relation to understanding benefits of DDaT services and impact of previous communication
  • Establish feedback loop with the business to measure user adoption and acceptance of DDaT services identifying opportunities for improvement as well as business value and ROI.

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:

  • Experience of developing and delivering dynamic, engaging content (including Video and potentially animation)
  • Experience of using Office 365 toolset ideally including Sharepoint Online to an expert level
  • Ability to design and storyboard video shoots, video editing and publishing
  • Strong experience and knowledge of creating content that is generally understood based on technology or technical activities
  • Resilience, multi-tasking and ability to work to deadlines.

Interview Criteria:

  • Ability to take a user requirement and manage expectations whilst providing a good outcome using existing tools and techniques
  • Ability to absorb, evaluate and communicate complex/technical information appropriate to the audience
  • Able to design content to meet user needs and make complex language and processes easy to understand
  • Understands and implements style and standards and experience of promoting the internal brand/value/message
  • Ability to control multimedia campaigns with common look and feel (video, web, digital signage, blogs)
  • Ability to adapt content to match the communication channel to be used (e.g. Digital Signage vs Powerpoint Content)
  • Ability to identify flaws in the environment and recommend changes
  • Flexibility to adapt to change and self-motivated/self-starter with initiative
  • Knowledge of good content design user experience/accessibility standards
  • Demonstrates credibility with relevant communities, usually based on experience from government, industry, education or the third sector
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams, councils and communities with ability to influence, persuade and negotiate.

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. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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