Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC253744
Location London See on Map
Salary £83000
Date Posted 06 May 2020
Grade UKRI-X
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 May 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £83,000
Grade: X
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th May 2020



The Deputy Director of Analysis will be an integral member of the UK Research and Innovation senior leadership team, helping to set the strategy and direction for the whole organisation.

You will work closely with the senior team across UKRI, including CEO, CFO, and Executive Chairs.

Reporting Lines

  • Reporting to: Director, Strategy, Analysis and Performance
  • Line managing: direct line management of five senior analysis professionals with an overall analysis team of up to 45 posts.


  • Lead, manage and inspire the analysis team, creating a culture of professional excellence, innovation and flexibility.  In all areas, deliver high quality, timely and resilient advice, effectively combining the need to make and implement long term strategic plans with the ability to react to urgent issues
  • Work across the whole organisation, as a centre of professional analytical expertise, to optimise analytical methods and values across UKRI, bringing together and learning from different ways or working and capabilities,  to ensure that the organisation’s use of analysis as a whole is outstanding
  • Lead analysis to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of UKRI’s strategy and key programmes, and build the evidence base on specific research and innovation policies, such as place, talent, and mission-oriented policy
  • Lead analysis to inform, shape, and justify UKRI’s Spending Review bid and any future fiscal event or allocation rounds
  • Build a compelling picture of UKRI’s impact to support fiscal events and communicate our value to stakeholders
  • Promote, enable and deliver robust appraisal and evaluation, to ensure UKRI bases funding and policy decisions on clear evidence of impact and what works
  • Develop UKRI’s data assets, promoting and facilitating a consistent overall approach to capturing, interpreting and using data across UKRI
  • Provide compelling and comprehensive evidence and analysis to the Board, Executive Committee and Ministers on behalf of UKRI on overall strategy
  • Act as the key interface between BEIS and UKRI on analytical issues, ensuring a strong partnership, coherence and consistency and that any issues are addressed in a collaborative fashion
  • Lead in the production and publication of UKRI analytical documents, ensuring that they are clear and comprehensive, and align to best practice standards in the publication of data and analysis
  • Play a central role in the leadership of the Strategy, Performance and Engagement group, making an effective corporate contribution and helping to shape the future of UKRI.

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

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.

Key Skills

  • Outstanding analytical skills, with a track record of delivering high-impact analysis to inform, influence and support decision making and strategy
  • 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 across Whitehall.


  • Experience in or a very strong understanding of working with a wide range of analytical professions
  • Experience in or a strong understanding of working with central government
  • Experience in or a strong understanding of the research and innovation sector
  • Experience of building analytical work programmes build knowledge, solve problems, and inform decisions in an environment where policy and politics is highly relevant
  • Experience of using evidence and analysis to drive strategy development and delivery in a complex organisational environment
  • 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 
  • Degree or relevant qualification or equivalent experience in an analytical profession (economics, statistics, social research, operational research).


  • Relevant science, research and/or innovation qualification(s).

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.

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