Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Science Group Programme
Reference Number IRC253374
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877
Date Posted 19 March 2020
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th April 2020

About us

UKRI-BBSRC’s international landscape of activities is set to grow in the coming years, and with it our representation, management and development of international partnerships. UKRI-BBSRC has seen significant expansion of bioscience driven by international development aims and has successfully delivered a mixed economy of research investments which have the potential to make valuable contributions to global development challenges, including a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) portfolio of £64M 2016-2019 and Newton investments of £66M 2014-2018 matched by Newton partner countries.

Main Job Activities

  • Leadership, planning, strategy development and coordinated delivery of all aspects of UKRI-BBSRC ODA activities, influencing across UKRI and with BEIS (UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) ensuring alignment of investments with UKRI-BBSRC/UKRI/BEIS strategic objectives and identification of future challenges/areas/regions/countries where UKRI-BBSRC investments can best contribute to sustainable development objectives
  • Collective and collaborative partnership working with other senior leaders in UKRI-BBSRC to ensure ODA activities encompass strategic aims in research, capability, innovation and delivery
  • Develop and implement processes to ensure ODA compliance, gender equality, and development impact are appropriately (and consistently) considered, assessed, and facilitated by programmes at all stages
  • Portfolio mapping and data coordination, including an overview of ODA budgets allocated to UKRI-BBSRC and management of UKRI-BBSRC contributions maintaining the necessary records for audit and reporting purposes
  • Work with delivery partners and In-Country Teams (ICTs) to map current UKRI-BBSRC ODA activity for impact, communications, gap analysis etc, to enable assessment of coherence of ODA spend across funds and delivery of strategic objectives.  Coordinate communicating the impact of ODA funds and ensuring that programmes  delivered are high profile and visible
  • Ensure the planning and delivery of UKRI-BBSRC IRU international schemes and other programmes are appropriate with regard to ODA investment
  • Effective working and fruitful interactions with UKRI Offices overseas, and with the UK Government’s Science and Innovation Network
  • Representation at external meetings and UK delegations overseas plus hosting and presenting to delegations visiting UK/UKRI-BBSRC. This will involve regular travel within the UK and overseas
  • Leadership and line management of UKRI-BBSRC International Development Hub
  • Deputise for the Associate Directors of International as required.

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 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see:

For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see:

Person Specification

Attainments (A), General Intelligence (GI), Special Skills (SS), Special Requirements, Physical Make up (PM).


  • Degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant experience
  • A well-developed understanding of UKRI-BBSRC’s strategy and its mechanisms for supporting research and innovation
  • Proven experience of developing and delivering research strategy and/or programmes of research, or research-related investments
  • Broad experience of stakeholder management across partners and teams. Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships and networks internally and externally at a senior level
  • Ability to lead, develop and support team members to work both independently and cooperatively within a team and take ownership of key objectives and actions
  • Ability to independently plan and effectively prioritise delivery of a diverse portfolio of activities within agreed timescales and budgets, responding effectively to pressures exerted by rapidly changing demands, conflicting priorities and resource limitations
  • Experience of programme and project management, including an aptitude for financial and risk management
  • Ability and willingness to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others, and support organisational flexibility and responsiveness
  • Ability to communicate effectively in different media, including the ability to listen, engage, influence, negotiate, and interpret and report complex information succinctly
  • Experience in engaging and managing individuals to work effectively to deliver their own tasks and to contribute to corporate goals, including through effective line management.


  • PhD or Masters Degree in a life sciences subject, and/or previous relevant experience
  • Understanding of the purpose of international collaborations for development, knowledge of ODA and associated policies
  • Understanding of the peer review process, an awareness of science policy issues and an aptitude for working effectively in a diplomatic context
  • Understanding of bioscience in a research user context.

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 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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