Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Head Office
Reference Number IRC253906
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877
Date Posted 22 May 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 08 June 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,777
Grade: UKRI - F
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Maternity Cover)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th June 2020
Interview Date: 24th and 26th June 2020


Lead and co-ordinate the development of strategic narratives, plans and priorities to:

  • Ensure comprehensive and consistent messaging about NERC’s vision, mission and objectives as the UK’s leading commissioner of environmental science and as part of UKRI, and that these are reflected in NERC and UKRI plans, policies and engagement
  • Provide direction and focus to NERC staff and stakeholders, support effective decision making, motivate and guide people, and provide a way of monitoring business critical activity and measuring progress against NERC’s vision, mission and objectives
  • Provide high quality coordination of corporate planning to ensure delivery of strategic projects.


  • Lead, plan, co-ordinate, develop and champion corporate strategic narratives, plans and priorities – e.g. NERC and UKRI Delivery Plans, NERC Head Office Plan and Priorities
  • Lead, plan, co-ordinate, develop and champion NERC and UKRI strategic narratives, plans and priorities for the Government Spending Reviews
  • Lead and champion best practice in strategic thinking, horizon scanning and strategic planning and monitoring
  • Lead, plan, manage and monitor Strategy and Planning project teams, project delivery and budget
  • Influence engagement and dialogue with NERC stakeholders to facilitate the development and implementation of NERC’s strategy, plans and priorities and to identify shared opportunities and priorities
  • Build strong relationships and networks to facilitate collaboration and cross-working across NERC Head Office including senior leadership, and with NERC’s Council, Boards and advisory committees
  • Build strong relationships and networks to facilitate collaboration and cross-working across UKRI, with external stakeholders and with BEIS and its partners
  • Play an active leadership role in the Corporate Affairs Directorate, and across NERC and UKRI 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 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the largest funder of environmental science in the UK. We invest £300 million each year in research, training and innovation through UK universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the whole planet from pole to pole, from deep Earth and oceans to upper atmosphere and space. Through collaboration with scientific partners, business and policy-makers, our science supports sustainable economic growth and improves public wellbeing. Our Headquarters in Swindon provides the corporate policy, planning and administrative focus for NERC.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • A proven track record in developing and implementing organisational strategy in a large, complex environment
  • Proven track record in strategic planning and coordination, including constructive challenge and ability to engage colleagues and teams with the importance of planning and priority setting
  • Ability to see the bigger picture, ensuring that plans and activities take account of the wider landscape and range of stakeholder perspectives
  • Expertise in successful project management practice
  • Able to build and maintain strong partnerships and working relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels; and able to intelligently navigate complex stakeholder landscapes
  • Judgement to handle complex and sensitive issues and make effective decisions
  • The ability to translate innovative and strategic thinking into clear outcome-focused objectives and plans
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty, resilient, flexible and adaptable to change
  • Able to provide high quality written and verbal advice suitable for executive and senior level decision makers.


  • Knowledge and experience of relevant UKRI-NERC strategy, business, policy, expert domains and stakeholders
  • Environmental research and innovation, its users and applications
  • Research and innovation funding policy
  • Educated to degree-level and/or relevant qualifications (Programme Management, Business Analysis, Risk Management)
  • Relevant Strategy and/or Corporate Governance qualifications with an accredited body
  • Effective financial planning and control.


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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