Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC253386
Location London See on Map
Salary £59023 - £65580
Date Posted 25 March 2020
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £59,023 - £65,580 (Plus London allowances equalling to £4945 if based in London)
Grade: UKRI G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (will accept part time at a minimum of 0.6fte and will also consider job shares and flexible working)
Closing Date: 17th April 2020
Interview Date: W/C 30th April 2020.

Please note this role can be based in Swindon or London.


UK Research and Innovation 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.

The Government has put research and innovation at the heart of its modern Industrial Strategy, committed additional funding of £7 billion by 2021/22 and set out an ambition to increase total R&D expenditure to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

UK Research and Innovation is in a position of great responsibility and also great opportunity. Our mission is to work with our partners to ensure that world-leading research and innovation continues to grow and flourish in the UK. Alongside ensuring we invest wisely, we play a key role in nurturing a supportive, respectful, fair and inclusive research and innovation culture.

A healthy and vibrant research and innovation culture is crucial to ensure the UK can benefit from the highest quality R&D and maintain public and international trust in the reliability of the research we fund.  We have publicly committed to using our position as the largest public-sector funder of research and innovation in the UK to lead positive behavioural change nationally and internationally – and are committed to catalysing and transforming research and innovation as an employer and a convenor. We have a number of teams working on these themes within the R&D Culture and Environment policy area. They continue to build UKRI’s strategy and action plans, with a focus on taking a leadership role and engaging with our partners to make a tangible difference. They have ambitious strategic goals to drive forward UKRI’s commitment to Open Access, Research Culture, Research Integrity and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The role currently being advertised is for the Head of EDI.

Our senior teams are committed to embedding EDI in the design and delivery of research and innovation systems and processes. This band G role will lead an existing team, work creatively with other Heads of Teams in the policy area and help shape wider UKRI advice, ensuring that UKRI produces and assembles high-quality strategic guidance that supports the highest standards of EDI across the UK.

In light of the outbreak of Covid-19, UKRI recognises that we need to maintain our long-term strategies and plans while also proactively working to ensure that those marginalised, vulnerable or disadvantaged are not further challenged by the pandemic. The Head of EDI will therefore play a strategically important role in our response. 


This advert covers one Band G role. 

Reporting lines:

Report to Deputy Director, R&D Culture and Environment
The role includes line management of 2 Band Fs and leadership of an overall team of ~3-4.


Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Providing overall leadership and strategic support in the development and delivery of UKRI’s EDI strategy. This will include developing options and advice on a portfolio of questions. This will need to be based on robust evidence, and sometimes involve responding to rapid timescales, to inform key decision making and support
  • Developing trusted relationships and working collaboratively with senior leaders and experts across UKRI councils, including close engagement with the relevant EDI governance groups, such as the EDI Policy
  • Implementation Group, the EDI Programme Board and the External Advisory Group for EDI
  • Developing trusted relationships and representing UKRI effectively with external stakeholders, and with policy leads in BEIS and Other Government Departments (OGDs) to develop evidence and options and build and maintain UKRI’s reputation
  • Providing high quality advice to the CEO and Executive Committee, Board, BEIS and BEIS ministers
  • Leading, coaching, developing and delivering through a high performing team. Providing clarity of vision, effective delegation and support, and helping to develop an effective overall culture for the team and the directorate as a whole
  • Within the flexible work style of this new and growing organisation, individual responsibilities may evolve and change to manage the broader range of work priorities.

Key Skills:

Skill type:

Candidates will need to:

  • Work autonomously, set direction, and drive a portfolio of work, including managing competing priorities and delivering to deadlines in a fast-paced policy environment
  • Proactively address broad strategic questions based on strong interrogation of evidence and use creative and incisive problem solving to inform key decision making and support strategy development
  • Work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Provide effective team leadership and management
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication
  • Have an understanding of the wider political context.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 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.

Previous experience required:


  • Experience of structuring and solving complex problems (though does not have to be in a public policy context)
  • Experience of shaping and delivering an overall work programme, and responding to shifting priorities
  • Experience in provision of high quality written and verbal advice suitable for executive and senior level decision makers
  • Experience developing collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders, internally, externally and across partner organisations including senior stakeholders
  • Experience effectively managing and leading a team to deliver quality outcomes.


  • Experience of science policy and research funding landscape.

Qualifications required:


  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience.

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.

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