EPSRC
Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Reference Number IRC253372
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782 - £30782
Date Posted 24 March 2020
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 April 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £30,782
Grade: UKRI D
Contract Type: Open-Ended / Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time / Part Time
Closing Date: 17th April 2020
Interview Date: Assessment Centre week beginning 18 May 2020.

You must be available to participate in an assessment centre during of the week of 18 May 2020. We are currently planning on running these as virtual events and will support remote participation.

Join our team

Due to an expanding research and research training portfolio we wish to recruit a substantial number of Portfolio Managers.

The available roles include:

Core portfolio management

• Taking responsibility for a specific part of our diverse research portfolio, from information technology to energy, from university relationships to research infrastructure. 

Delivery of new Funding Opportunities

• Working as part of a Team to design and deliver new activities arising from substantial new government investments, in areas such as decarbonisation, circular economy, the engineering and physical sciences interface with the life sciences and artificial intelligence

Strategy & Policy Development

• Working with colleagues to develop and implement new approaches to strategy and policy development,  programme  management for engineering and physical sciences research and innovation and assessing the impact of our investments

As an EPSRC Portfolio Manager, you will work with the Engineering and Physical Sciences research community to achieve EPSRC’s aim to put the UK at the forefront of International Research.

About the role

You will be responsible for one of EPSRC’s many portfolios, from mathematics to materials science, from information technology to energy, from university relationships to research infrastructure.

Your role will be varied, building relationships with universities and industry, managing our decision-making process to ensure we fund research of the highest quality, planning and implementing community events to foster new, innovative, research programmes.

You will help to develop and structure ideas for future activities in a strongly team-based organisation as well as working with other Government Departments and other Research Councils.

This role will broaden your skills by giving you the opportunity to manage your own projects and activities. Travel in the UK is an important part of the role. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with external stakeholders and representing EPSRC in external networks and meetings
  • Gathering, understanding and integrating internal and external information
  • Working across teams to ensure cross portfolio understanding and joint initiatives as appropriate 
  • Managing strategic relationships with key influencers in universities and business
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress
  • Implementing strategy and other programmes of work
  • Evaluating activities and investments to feed into planning
  • Operation of peer review and other formal decision-making processes
  • Supporting theme leads of projects to develop and implement plans, coordinating and operating processes supporting delivery across EPSRC.

We will consider high calibre graduates and post graduates with a STEM background (or those with equivalent education, training or professional development) who can demonstrate the potential to succeed, ideally with experience in a science or engineering related field or holding a PhD. You will be a creative thinker who can work effectively independently and with colleagues, be an excellent communicator and have the ability to manage your time effectively.


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.urki.org.

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing over £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects from mathematics to materials science and from information technology to structural engineering. Further details can be found via the following links:

Organisation - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/organisationofepsrc/

Facts about EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/facts/

About EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/.

Shortlisting Criteria & Interview Criteria:

Assessment of the following essential skills will be made via shortlisting, online written exercise and assessment centre: 

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) background gained through graduate or postgraduate studies or other experience
  • Graduate or post graduate (or equivalent) who can demonstrate the potential to succeed
  • Effective communication skills (verbal, presentational and written)
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A focus on achievement
  • Leadership skills, including facilitation skills and an ability to influence others through behaviour and empathy
  • Strategic awareness 
  • Planning and organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise and manage complex activities
  • Creativity, adaptability and openness to 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.

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.
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