Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250583
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 09 August 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318
Grade: UKRI E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 9th September 2019 - however, we reserve the right to close the campaign early if suitable applications are received.



UKRI is a new, independent non-departmental public body, bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. The new body is expected to maximise value from the UK Government’s investment in research and innovation of over £8bn per annum by 2020. This includes nearly £2bn per annum of new investment which is to be delivered through new cross-council collaborative and innovative initiatives.

UKRI will lead the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding in the UK, pushing the frontiers of human knowledge, and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research and business-led innovation. UKRI needs to become more than the sum of its parts, catalysing changes within and across the Councils. UKRI needs to deliver the significant cross-cutting interventions that are necessary to ensure full value is obtained from the new funds provided under the government’s Industrial Strategy. This requires us to transform the way we operate.

Following UKRI’s formal establishment in April 2018, UKRI is moving from transitioning formal accountabilities and roles, including the appointment of a new central executive (CEO, CFO and Strategy Director), nine Executive Chairs and Councils, to transforming the organisation so that benefits from the integration are realised. The organisation has circa 7,500 employees (in a broad variety of scientific, technical, professional and generalist roles), primarily in the UK, with key activities in London, Swindon, Harwell, Daresbury and Bristol.

Purpose of the role

  • to lead and manage the Early Careers recruitment work stream to include graduates, sandwich students, vacation students and apprenticeships
  • to develop and continually improve Early Careers propositions that are inclusive and continue to meet the needs of the business, leveraging the Employer Value Proposition to ensure a strong candidate pool and pipeline is available at all times
  • to develop and continually improve assessment methodologies which ensure the selection of high quality candidates whilst maintaining a strong focus on improving ED&I
  • to benchmark UKRI’s Early Careers proposition and recruitment processes against key competitors, ensuring we are competitive within the market place
  • to manage and continually improve the relationship and processes with our managed services UK SBS
  • to work collaboratively with other lead resourcing managers to achieve overall team resourcing objectives
  • to establish and develop external relationships with universities, local colleges and schools to ensure a pipeline of high potential talent.


  • lead and transform the effective end to end resourcing services for all Early Careers appointments
  • lead fulfilment of resourcing demand, in line with agreed core processes, HR policies and agreed resourcing plans
  • directly support relevant Early Careers programme leads (in particular STFC’s Heads of Graduate and Apprenticeship Development), ensuring that recruitment plans and approaches are congruent with programme aims and workforce planning requirements
  • develop and implement a robust and compelling engagement strategy for universities to ensure we become an employer of choice for graduates
  • support as required the development of the resourcing team to grow their skill set to create an innovative, collaborative and delivery-focussed team
  • lead and manage the relationship with our shared managed service provider UK SBS, demonstrating continually improvement of process
  • use MI effectively to be able to report appropriate on the Early Careers stream using appropriate metrics
  • own the relationship of allocated councils, reporting on metrics and successes to the senior leadership team of allocated councils as required
  • develop an Early Careers social media plan to actively reach out to candidates and promote engagement
  • hosting events and producing material for candidate engagement as required.

Role Responsibilities


  • mindset and behaviours focussed upon impact in terms of both delivery and team performance.


  • excellent written and oral communications, and the ability to adapt communication style to match different audiences.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • demonstrable stakeholder management skills at all levels in the organisation, enabling a clear understanding of customer needs and the management of expectations, as appropriate.


  • collaborative approach across HR leading positive working relationship with UKSBS, focussed upon the need to deliver timely, effective resourcing services across all pillars.

Planning and management:

  • clear, timely planning, enabling the effective allocation of team resources to match demand.

Leadership capability:

  • excellent leadership capability demonstrated through the positive engagement of the team to deliver high quality outcomes (e.g. time, cost quality).


  • ongoing focus on the improvement of end to end resourcing processes, working collaboratively with UKSBS, HR Business Partners, Early Careers Programme Leads and the Policy and People Management team.

Key Skills:

  • ability to create, lead and manage multiple early careers processes, delivering to multiple business units with an ongoing focus upon time, quality and cost
  • positive leadership mindset and behaviours supporting the team to work collaboratively to deliver an agile, compliant and highly regarded resourcing service
  • demonstrable ability to apply UKRI HR policies and processes fairly, consistently and without adding complexity
  • ability to continuously embed UKRI’s ED&I agenda within resourcing service delivery
  • stakeholder management skill sat all levels, ability to demonstrate an understanding of customer needs, manage expectations and delivery to objectives to enable a high level of customer satisfaction
  • collaborative working applied across the Resourcing Operational team, UKRI and UKSBS
  • production and analysis of and insight from resourcing data, metrics and reporting
  • consistent focus upon continual improvement
  • curious about change and willingness to try new ways of working to get the best results
  • experience in a variety of resourcing tools and techniques, including selection methodologies, designing and running assessment centres
  • excellent project planning skills
  • ability to prioritise effectively to appropriately assure service delivery
  • excellent written and oral communication skills.

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


  • strong Early Careers knowledge, experience within a complex organisation and an understanding of the issues around Graduate and undergraduate talent acquisition
  • knowledge of the Graduate and Apprenticeship space including opportunities, threats, trends and competition
  • attraction campaign development and management experience
  • experience of managing and delivering projects and/or campaigns; including working with multiple stakeholders, both internally and externally.


  • managing high volume resourcing campaigns.
  • design of Assessment Centres
  • member, Chartered Institute of Professional Development
  • psychometric testing qualification (e.g. SHL level A and B).

Interview Criteria

  • demonstrable experience of partnering all levels in the business, constructively challenging business decisions through tactical questioning and commercial savvy
  • managed third party source relationships in an Early Careers content
  • strong track record of delivering quality hires in a fast-paced environment
  • results oriented with a resourceful and flexible approach.

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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