Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255779
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £25198
Date Posted 13 November 2020
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 December 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £25,198
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 4th December 2020
Interview Date: 17th December 2020

The Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate (SPC) is responsible for STFC’s overall strategy, communications and stakeholder relations and for managing and provide expertise and support to help develop and deliver the Executive Board and Council work programmes. To operate effectively in a complex policy and funding environment, STFC must actively manage its relationship with external stakeholders.

Our Stakeholder Engagement team engages parliamentarians, policymakers and other stakeholders to enable them to join and inform debates about current issues, raising awareness of STFC, its research and facilities, and providing evidence and solutions to inform decision-making. The team also raises STFC’s profile and its advocacy base to gain positive recognition for what we deliver among all stakeholder groups, including across Government.  

The post will help develop and deliver a programme of strategically-planned activities to raise awareness of and interaction with STFC amongst key stakeholder groups, with a particular focus on policymakers in government and parliament.

With appropriate guidance and training, you will take on responsibility for specific projects, including contributing to, and co-ordinating written submissions to consultations, Parliamentary Questions and Select Committee enquiries and helping organise functions and events in Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies. You will support events run by other parts of STFC, or UKRI, by identifying relevant stakeholders and messaging and you will subsequently gather and synthesise information from across STFC to inform briefing material ahead of the event.

You will be supporting senior staff in their interactions with key stakeholders through meeting planning, minute taking and follow-up; planning and facilitating visits to STFC sites, and partner facilities in the UK and overseas, by policymakers and parliamentarians. You will also compile and publish a regular newsletter of external affairs activities for an internal audience.

You will be expected to work extensively across the multi-disciplinary STFC Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate. There will be significant interaction with staff across the whole organisation, including STFC's senior management, as part of planning and helping to organise and implement stakeholder engagement activities.

Collaborative working with colleagues in the other Councils of UKRI will be required. You will be expected to attend conferences and events in Westminster, Whitehall and elsewhere. In due course, you will be expected to support senior staff in meetings with MPs, Ministers and other VIPs.

The role is mostly office-based but will be expected to work across all of STFC’s sites, and split the majority of your time working between Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Polaris House, Swindon.

About You

You must have A Level English, grade A-C, or equivalent, as well as good general computing skills and a good working knowledge of commonplace office IT packages.

A degree or other qualifications in a science, politics or public administration subject would also be desirable for this role.

You will have good oral, interpersonal and written communication skills along with excellent organisational ability and attention to detail. You will have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to also work independently as required, taking initiative and exercising appropriate judgement to either resolve or escalate issues.

It would be beneficial if you have experience of communicating complex information and conveying key messages to a variety of different audiences both internally and externally, as well as having an interest in science, politics and/or scientific policymaking. Knowledge of the processes of government and/or the role of UKRI within the UK science base would also be favourable.

It is essential that you are able to accommodate some out of hours working (e.g. if support is required at an event off-site) and have the ability to undertake some travelling within the UK, and potentially overseas.

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 Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • A level Maths and English A-C, or equivalent
  • Good general computing skills and a good working knowledge of commonplace office IT packages (S&I)
  • Excellent organisational skills (S&I)
  • Attention to detail (S&I)
  • Good oral, interpersonal and written communication (S&I)
  • Integrity and discretion in dealing with operationally sensitive information (S&I)
  • Some out of hours working (e.g. if support is required at an event off-site) and ability to undertake some travelling within the UK, and potentially overseas. (I)


  • Degree or other qualifications in a science, politics or public administration subject (S)
  • Self-reliance, confidence and self-motivation (I)
  • Interest in science, politics and/or scientific policy making (S&I)
  • Knowledge of the processes of government and/or the role of UKRI within the UK science base (I)
  • Experience working in a higher education, research or policy environment (S&I)
  • Clean driving licence. (S)

You must upload a cover letter, addressing your experiences with the criteria points above. If you do not upload a cover letter you will not be considered for the role.

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.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list.

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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