Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC251902
Location London See on Map
Salary £89000
Date Posted 08 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band H
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 24 November 2019
Interview Date 09 December 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £89,000 pro rata
Grade: H
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Part Time - Job share 3 days Wednesday to Friday
Closing Date: 24th November 2019
Interview Date: 9th December 2019
Location: London or Swindon


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new 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 shape 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 build on its progress to date and become more than the sum of its parts, catalysing evolution within and across the Councils. It needs to bring together and make the most of activities led by its councils, together with significant cross-cutting funds and programmes as part of a balanced and effective overall approach.

The UKRI Corporate Strategy, Governance & Performance team will, working across the nine Councils, ensure UKRI has a clear organisational strategy and governance model. It will support UKRI’s Executive Committee in monitoring and maximising performance, and planning and prioritising across the organisation. Working with a job-share partner, the head will be an integral member of the UK Research and Innovation senior leadership team, helping to set the corporate strategy and direction for the whole organisation.

UKRI is seeking a candidate who can bring confident and inclusive leadership to navigate these opportunities and challenges. To be successful, you will have the ability to solve complex problems in an environment where strategy and politics is highly relevant. You will be able to drive development of corporate strategy and evolution of operating models in a complex organisational environment. You will be able to generate trusted relationships and achieve buy-in internally and externally and you will have experience of building and leading high performing teams.

UKRI offers a dynamic and supportive team culture, and a great reward package that includes attractive leave entitlement, defined benefits pension scheme, retail discounts, family friendly benefits, and subsidised restaurants on site.

There is likely to be a requirement to travel to various UK Research and Innovation locations.


  • Staff budget of up £3m staff costs
  • Developing overall strategy to support total UKRI budget of £6bn growing to £8bn by 2020.


  • Direct line management of 5 senior strategy, governance and performance professionals with a team of up to 40.

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.

Key Skills:

  • Proven track record in leading organisational strategy, planning and performance teams within the public sector
  • Outstanding intellect and thought leader with the ability to challenge the status quo and develop novel and innovative solutions, backed up by robust evidence and arguments
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, resilient and adaptable with the ability to work flexibly in a changing environment
  • Calm and authoritative under pressure and ability to act quickly and decisively when required
  • Excellent leadership skills and behaviours and a clear ability to use these to create and deliver through highly engaged, highly performing teams
  • Experienced team player – able to listen and contribute in equal measure and engage with and encourage a wide range of opinions
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, able to explain and generate buy-in to senior audiences in UKRI, in government, and externally
  • Politically astute, excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence, build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to critically and positively challenge at all levels within the organisation and within Whitehall up to Ministerial level.


  • Experience of solving complex problems in an environment where strategy and politics is highly relevant
  • Experience of developing corporate strategy and evolution of operating models in a complex organisational environment
  • Experience of managing corporate planning and performance functions
  • Expertise of generating trusted relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, across organisational and sectoral boundaries
  • Experience of communicating and generating buy-in with senior audiences
  • Experience of building and leading high performing teams. 

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 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:

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