RE
Organisation RE
Organisation Detail Research England
Reference Number IRC251850
Location Bristol See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 06 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 November 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £38,318 per annum
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th November 2019
Interview Date: 6th December 2019

Context

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Research England has been established as a new council within UKRI. Research England’s aim is to create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities and infrastructure (over £1.9 billion in 2017-18); developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in partnership with the funding bodies in the devolved nations; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; and overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKUKRPIF); and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). 

Purpose of the role

You will lead on the creation, development and maintenance of a wide range of operational and administrative processes to enable Research England (RE) to operate efficiently and effectively.

You will lead and manage the Research England administrative team embedding a culture of continuous improvement in the effective delivery of high-quality administrative support.

You will build strong and effective relationships with the appropriate colleagues in UKR Research and Innovation and the Office for Students to ensure that Research England’s operational needs are considered and met.

In doing so, develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of research and knowledge exchange in the higher education sector and the political and organisational context within which Research England and UK Research and Innovation operate.

You will be an experienced operations/administrative professional who is able to work with considerable drive and autonomy. You will be effective at working across the organisation to improve the outcomes of the work of their colleagues and organisation. You will have strong management capability and will be confident in their dealings with internal and external stakeholders. You will be capable of keeping a very level head in challenging, fast-changing situations and be able to prioritise well to meet deadlines.

Reporting lines

  • Line managed by: Executive Officer 
  • Line manager to: 4-5 administrative staff.

 Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage a team of administrative staff, providing high-quality, resilient and timely administrative support to the whole of Research England
  • Lead the review of existing processes and procedures ensuring that they are fit for purpose for RE and are aligned with any policies within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Develop and implement new operational processes and procedures for RE, ensuring the processes are documented, maintained, communicated and easily accessible
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the appropriate colleagues in central UKRI and the Office for Students ensuring the operational needs of RE are met
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across RE to ensure that operational activities address business needs, capture and embed best practice and establish new, consistent and improved ways of working
  • Develop and maintain an operational activity plan, preparing and updating key documentation
  • Work with the Chief Operating Officer and other colleagues to resolve operational issues. Monitor progress and ensure actions are followed up to agreed deadlines
  • Day to day management of local H&S matters
  • Represent RE on the Office for Students (OfS) Health and Safety Committee (Research England are based within the OfS’ office campus)
  • Responsible for H&S reporting to central UK Research and Innovation
  • Represent RE as an observer on the OfS Business Continuity Group
  • Lead contact for Facilities and Estates issues, managing relationship with the OfS Facilities team and central UKRI teams
  • First escalation point for day to day operational issues
  • Represent RE on Transformation matters and other UKRI groups/communities as necessary including, but not limited to, project management and sustainability groups
  • Other ad hoc projects as they arise.

Other key information

  • You will be based in Bristol, working flexibly to fit in with organisational needs. Travel to London/Swindon and other locations will be required
  • Research England will be based in Bristol until at least 2022, co-located with the Office for Students. UK Research and Innovation’s head office is in Swindon, with a further administrative office in London. You will be frequently required to attend meetings in London, Swindon and other locations within the UK
  • With an expected target headcount of approximately 65 FTE, Research England will be the smallest Council in terms of staff, but with a budget of almost £2 billion per annum, will be the largest Council in terms of funding. Leaders in Research England will need to give careful consideration to the deployment of their time and resource in corporate activities, achieving a balance between Research England playing a full role as a Council within UK Research and Innovation, and ensuring effectiveness of its Council specific activities. 

Organization Description


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. More information can be found at www.ukri.org. UK Research and Innovation is an organisation whose purpose is to support Research and Innovation in the UK.

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation, operating from April 2018. As a key component of the research funding system, Research England will oversee UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

Shortlisting criteria

Essential

  • Strong leadership and management skills and experience
  • Ability to implement new processes and procedures and engage the support of colleagues
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and conditions, and a readiness to make decisions, take the initiative and originate action
  • Strong planning and prioritisation skills, including managing multiple projects concurrently and operating within tight time-frames
  • Ability to operate with political understanding and sense, in a complex environment of change and uncertainty
  • Excellent written communication skills. An ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging and convincing way, producing materials that are straightforward and clearly articulated for external and internal audiences as appropriate
  • Demonstrable ability to adapt, reach out and build trust and collaborative working. Proven strength in stakeholder management, with the ability to build effective relationships with people of all levels both internally and externally
  • An understanding of how a policy or funding organisation operates
  • Ability to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others, and to offer insights and ideas with practical application coupled with the ability to drive change
  • Ability to work flexibly, independently and operative effectively within a team environment
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills; including the ability to quickly understand new issues and formulate a range of practical solutions
  • An ongoing commitment to learning and developing own and others knowledge and skills.

Desirable

  • Experience of organisational change.

Interview criteria

Essential

  • A strong sense of personal resilience and ability to remain focused on the bigger picture
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and conditions, and a readiness to make decisions, take the initiative and originate action
  • Ability to operate with political understanding and sense, in a complex environment of change and uncertainty
  • Excellent listening, influencing and negotiating skills, including influencing senior leaders and external stakeholders and negotiating to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and an engaging manner. Ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging and convincing way, producing communications that are straightforward and clearly articulated for external and internal audiences as appropriate
  • Demonstrable ability to adapt, reach out and build trust and collaborative working. Proven strength in stakeholder management, with the ability to build effective relationships with people of all levels both internally and externally
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to delegate and to deploy resources effectively to deliver results
  • An understanding of how a policy or funding organisation operates
  • Ability to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others, and to offer insights and ideas with practical application coupled with the ability to drive change. 

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.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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