Research and Innovation Infrastructure Programme Director

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Initial 2 Years Fixed Term

About Us

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new non-departmental public body which is being created to strengthen the strategic approach to future challenges and to maximise value from government’s investment of over £6 billion per annum in research and innovation. It will deliver a strengthened, unified voice for the UK’s research and innovation funding system, facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the global stage.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of seven UK research councils being brought together as part of UKRI, is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

About The Role

We now have an exceptional new opportunity for a highly skilled and experienced individual to take up the role of Research and Innovation Infrastructure Programme Director, working initially for STFC, until the formation of UKRI in April 2018, this role will report directly to the STFC CEO and will be based in either Swindon, Harwell (Oxfordshire) or London, depending on the successful candidate’s preference.

This role will map and strategically plan the UK’s research & innovation infrastructure landscape. These infrastructures are wide-ranging and a combination of physical infrastructures and virtual or e-infrastructures; they include medium-scale facilities shared across universities; facilities such as research ships and the Diamond Light Source; institutes such as the developing Crick and Turing Institutes and the Catapults; and a series of European and global research infrastructures such as Elixir and CERN.

Such research and innovation infrastructures represent major public investment and it is intended to promote more efficient use of this infrastructure to enhance effectiveness, aid international negotiations and deliver increased economic impact to the UK.

This role will oversee a programme of work to produce a road-map to 2030 covering future scientific, economic and social requirements and identifying thematic investment priorities. You will ensure that these priorities are appraised in terms of their benefits to provide clear and consistent advice. These competing priorities will be tensioned by the UKRI Board and, together with the Roadmap, will form the basis of advice to Ministers.

Working as part of the UKRI team will give you the unprecedented opportunity to engage with a programme targeted at helping the UK set out its research and innovation priorities, to capitalise on its strengths and support coordinated research efforts. The high-profile and important programme will involve all parts of the research and innovation landscape and provide the opportunity to contribute to the future of UK research, innovation and economic growth.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Providing effective, consistent and inspirational leadership of the broader programme throughout the full lifecycle from inception to issue of the Roadmap
  • Overall strategic mapping and appraisal of the proposed UKRI infrastructure portfolio and presenting options to the Executive Committee and Board
  • Coordinating programme resourcing and bringing together the broad range of skills required for its successful delivery
  • Engagement of senior and executive stakeholders across research institutes, BEIS partner organisations, academia, industry and government both within the UK and overseas.

The role will require frequent travel between sites and some UK wide and potentially international travel.

About You

You will be educated to at least degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

You will have worked with government, BEIS Partner Organisations, research institutes and academic partners, with an understanding of the structure of government and key UKRI partner organisations as well as its constituent agencies, along with knowledge of the UK’s existing research and innovation landscape.

You will have experience of successfully managing and engaging multiple senior and executive stakeholders with conflicting demands and priorities, along with experience of achieving results through influencing and negotiation and by building strong partnerships.

You will demonstrate extensive experience in a strategic capacity, including setting strategic direction for high-performance teams running complex projects across multiple locations to deliver exceptional results.

You will display sound financial acumen with the ability to drive efficiencies and value for money.

You will display the ability to lead a team, to inspire others and to lead complex stakeholder groups around common challenges, to analyse and synthesise a complex body of evidence and present clear and well-argued solutions.

You will have outstanding communication, interpersonal, negotiation, presentation and engagement skills, delivered with authenticity and high emotional intelligence.

Benefits

An exceptional index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are provided. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (http://www.stfccareers.co.uk).

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at http://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc242057_7328.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.