Policy and Strategy Officer

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 months

Hours: Full time (part-time/secondment considered)


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.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk.

About the role

Corporate Policy and Strategy Group (CPSG) is looking to recruit a Policy and Strategy Officer to support BBSRC’s corporate evidence, evaluation and strategic planning functions. This is an exciting role which blends analytical expertise and strategy to provide a solid evidence base to support BBSRC’s high-level decision making.

As a publicly funded body, BBSRC must account for the funds it allocates and explain the achievements of the research it supports. The collection of outputs, outcomes and impact data is an important component of meeting this requirement and BBSRC uses an online system (researchfish) to capture this data.

You will play an important role in analysing BBSRC’s researchfish data, reporting against it effectively and developing the evidence base to inform decision making. You will also contribute to BBSRC’s annual performance reporting cycle, including coordination of the quarterly Chief Executive’s report to Council and input to the BBSRC Annual Report.

About you

You will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge/previous relevant experience and in interest in the aims and objectives of BBSRC.

You will need to demonstrate excellent analytical skills and experience of working with large datasets. Strong organisational and team working skills will be essential, as will an ability to progress multiple work streams at the same time, prioritise work effectively and meet deadlines.

Working experience of SQL and VBA would be an advantage, although candidates without this experience will be considered provided they are willing to undertake training to develop their skills in these areas.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesise and present information clearly and concisely are also essential.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS).

To find out more about this post, the role requirements and information on how to apply please visit our job board at: http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc242902_7581.aspx.

Please submit your CV detailing your educational and professional background, and a covering letter (not more than two sides of A4) explaining why you are applying and describing how your skills and experience meet the requirements and expectations for the role.

For informal conversations about the role, please contact: Paul Reeves (paul.reeves@bbsrc.ac.uk).

If you are unable to apply online, please contact us on 01793 867000 quoting reference IRC242902.

Closing date: 2 November 2017

BBSRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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