Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Science Group Programme
Reference Number IRC254293
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38969
Date Posted 26 June 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 July 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 pro rata per annum if part time
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time considered (Minimum FTE ~0.6)
Closing Date: 19th July 2020
Interview Dates: 3rd -10th August 2020


*** There are four vacancies. Please specify in your cover letter if you have a preference for a specific position(s) ***

BBSRC is currently seeking to recruit four Senior Portfolio Managers to join our Research Strategy and Programmes domain, which oversees the breadth of BBSRC’s science remit and strategic research priorities. We currently have vacancies in our teams with strategic foci on:

  • Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food
  • Transformative Technologies
  • Understanding the Rules of Life.

These areas map to BBSRC’s Delivery Plan, and span fundamental animal, plant and microbial sciences, cutting-edge research tools and methodologies, and research applied to challenges in areas such as agriculture and animal/human health through the life course.

Main Job Activities:

Key responsibilities and activities of these positions are:

  • To develop and maintain a clear understanding of the national and international progress of designated areas of science and/or policy; for example, by developing supporting evidence from relevant academic and user communities, or data analysis
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of BBSRC’s strategy and policy on designated research areas, including BBSRC’s priorities and Delivery Plan, working with BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Panels and expert working groups
  • To develop and manage programmes of strategic research investment, working in partnership with other teams across BBSRC and UKRI
  • To undertake proactive external representation to: (i) facilitate an increase in the research community’s awareness of BBSRC strategic priorities, programmes and practices and (ii) engage researchers in activities that will lead to development and delivery of BBSRC strategic priorities
  • To build and maintain good relationships with partners including other UKRI Councils, government, learned societies, and overseas organisations
  • To contribute to internal and external communication activities, including providing expert briefing to BBSRC’s Executive, inputs to inquiries and consultations, government, and other stakeholder requests
  • Roles may require line management responsibility but prior experience of formal line management is not essential
  • We particularly welcome interest from applicants who have both a breadth of understanding of bioscience and knowledge/experience relevant to these vacancies. We also welcome interest from applicants with bioscience-relevant experience that may extend into biomedical, environmental, physical, social or economic research, and/or with research user perspectives from industry or policy.


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:

Shortlisting Criteria (S), Interviews Criteria (I) or both (S&I)


  • Degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant experience (S)
  • A demonstrable ability to work with and influence internal and external stakeholders at different organisational levels (S&I)
  • Able to plan and prioritise own work area and the work of others. Contribute to wider team activities and priorities as required (S&I)
  • Strong liaison, networking and negotiation skills. Ability to anticipate stakeholder reactions and deliver communication needs (S&I)
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to present complex information concisely under tight deadlines (S&I)
  • Understanding of the aims and objectives of BBSRC (I)
  • Willingness to travel in UK and abroad, including occasional overnight (or longer) absences (I).


  • Master’s degree or PhD in a biological or related subject and/or previous relevant professional experience (S)
  • Knowledge of the UK Research Council system, research community and peer review process (S&I)
  • Experience in research strategy or policy development (S&I).


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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