RCUK International Policy Manager


About Us

The seven Research Councils are public bodies who support research and postgraduate training capacity across the science and research base in the UK, contributing to economic and social well-being in the United Kingdom and across the world. Together, the Councils operate as a strategic partnership called Research Councils UK (RCUK), which is supported by a small executive directorate.  The RCUK Executive Directorate facilitates and encourages cross-Council working and supports the Councils to present themselves collectively and as a single influential voice with a range of audiences.

About the Role

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is offering an International Policy Manager position within the RCUK International Team.

Responsibilities of this post will include: 

  • Providing project support to work packages and tasks supporting the development and implementation of RCUK’s international vision and strategy
  • Supporting the transition to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the development of its international vision and strategy
  • Providing advice and guidance to researchers wishing to apply for European (Horizon 2020) funding under the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) and Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation programmes as a National Contact Point (NCP)
  • Lead on the coordination and preparation of responses to briefing requests internally, including for senior RCUK/UKRI colleagues and externally, in particular from within the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Project management and support for the development of new processes and procedures so that the Research Councils are able to present a more coherent and streamlined international offer to overseas partners
  • Contribute to the work of the international team in positioning RCUK so that it is well positioned to maximise the opportunities and mitigate the risks arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Please note that, for this role, applicants should be willing and able to undertake some international travel.

About You

You will have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, or the ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and skill. Also, you will need experience of working with external stakeholders and a demonstrable ability to influence and persuade others, to work with people of all levels and to build good relationships with them.

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills and have sophisticated analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills, including the ability to broker solutions to complex situations.

You must be able to develop a range of written documents, including drafting crisp and concise briefing material and to produce clear papers and minutes and have general PC skills, including a good working knowledge of MS Office packages (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email and use of the internet as a search tool are essential for the role.

Experience in working with policy/government and having some foreign language skills would be desirable as well as experience of working with external stakeholders, notably senior academics, policy makers and practitioners.


EPSRC are offering you a benefits package which includes a generous pension, 30 days annual leave plus privilege days and bank holidays, flexible working hours, cycle to work scheme and private health screening.

How to Apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. For further information and to apply please visit http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc243403_7747.aspx and upload a CV and cover letter. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000 and quote IRC23403.

Closing date for this vacancy is 14th December 2017.
Interview date is 9th January 2018.

EPSRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening