Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252290
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 19 December 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 January 2020
Interview Date 17 February 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459                          
Band: UKRI - D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 29th January 2020
Interview Date: Monday 17th Feb and/or Thursday 20th February 2020

About the role

This is a new role as part of the Cross UKRI Infrastructure team. You will support the Infrastructure Portfolio Lead developing and implementing UKRI’s approach to prioritising investment decisions in significant research and innovation infrastructure investments which require a pan UKRI decision, drawing on the UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Programme.

The UK spends approximately £7Bn on research and innovation infrastructure each year, over £1Bn of this through UKRI. The objective of the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap Programme is to create a long-term (until approximately 2030) research and innovation infrastructure roadmap based on an understanding of existing UK infrastructure (and key international facilities in which the UK participates), future needs (research, economic and social) and resulting investment priorities.

Further details of the Programme can be found on the UKRI website ( We have recently published our reports which will set out potential opportunities and current UK capabilities and planning for the implementation and prioritisation phase of the work which is tied closely to wider UKRI strategy and spending planning. The cross UKRI Infrastructure team will lead on implementation of UKRI wide activities including the prioritisation of investment in large scale infrastructure beyond the delegation of individual Councils. This could be new infrastructure, major upgrades or expansion of existing infrastructure or decommissioning (where this has significant cost). The precise level of funding will be subject to forthcoming spending reviews and budget allocations but in recent years has been of the order of £0.5Bn.


  • Support the implementation of the pan UKRI approach to prioritising and deciding on large-scale infrastructure investments, contributing to clear, proportionate and transparent decision making
  • Secretariat for a new pan UKRI advisory committee (including assisting with the assembly and recruitment of necessary expertise) and support the Portfolio Lead on preparation of advice to UKRI ExCo, UKRI Board and BEIS
  • Act as the first point of contact for, and manage the organisation of, the infrastructure working group made up of representatives from each of the 9 councils, including note/minute taking with the ability to distil key points from discussions
  • Establish good working relationships across UKRI including UKRI finance, UKRI Project Management Office and each of the 9 Councils in order to support work to prioritise and develop specific infrastructure proposals seeking pan UKRI funding
  • Maintain and update critical project documentation and planning tools to ensure the team has a working overview of potential infrastructure opportunities and emerging ideas
  • Maintain processes to ensure that project control documentation, e.g. Project Plans, Risk Registers, Issue Logs, Communication Plans etc. are accurate and complete/up to date
  • Manage the organisation and administration of internal and external meetings, workshops and events, including the creation, collation and distribution of meeting agendas and papers, arranging of WebEx/Video conferencing as necessary in order to ensure attendance, and noting actions as necessary
  • Work closely to support team colleagues on wider infrastructure portfolio/policy issues as needed
  • Support other members of the team to maintain aspects of financial planning, such as keeping clear financial records expenditure and forecasts, overseeing any procurement processes needed to deliver programme activities, and liaising closely with UKRI finance enable successful delivery of the programme
  • Work as part of small integrated team to shape the role of the cross-cutting infrastructure function as UKRI itself continues to develop
  • This includes contributing ideas to improve the way we work, drawing on good practice from across UKRI, other organisations or from international practice
  • Deputise for the Programme Portfolio Lead where appropriate.

The role reports to the Infrastructure Portfolio Lead and may have line management responsibility for one direct report, subject to confirmation of final team structure. The primary location is listed as Swindon but this can be discussed with the line manager. The team needs to work flexibly across many UKRI sites and the ability to undertake frequent travel between locations will be necessary (mainly London, Swindon and Harwell but also occasional visits to key sites around the UK and possibly internationally). Flexible working practice is also supported and encouraged.

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

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria and Interview Criteria


  • An interest in learning about the breadth of UK capability with respect to research and innovation infrastructure (S&I)
  • Demonstrable project support/project management experience or experience in supporting complex projects at pace (S&I)
  • A proven ability to build effective working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders within and outside the organisation (S&I)
  • A motivated self-starter displaying a positive and proactive approach to problem solving, general flexibility, excellent attention to detail (S&I)
  • Good numerical skills with working knowledge of financial analysis and tracking (S&I)
  • Ability to gather, analyse and interpret data from multiple sources and to analyse the content to produce clear and concise updates to a wide range of audiences (S&I)
  • Strong organisational skills and time management skills, including an ability to prioritise and manage complex activities in order to meet deadlines (S&I)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with well-developed and accurate minute/report writing and presentation skills (S&I)
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages (including Outlook, Word and Excel) with the ability to quickly learn new tools and software(S)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with well-developed and accurate minute/report writing and presentation skills. (I)


  • Degree in a research, science, engineering or technology subject or equivalent experience (S&I)
  • Familiarity with working across research councils and/or other funding bodies within research and innovation (S&I)
  • Competence using project planning software such as MS Project or MS Visio packages (S&I)
  • A recognised project management qualification, such as PRINCE2 (or equivalent). (S&I)

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.

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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