Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement

University College London - Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Industrial strategy is gaining increasing traction in the UK and globally, and becoming a crucial part of public policy development and implementation. Universities have a central role to play in engaging with industrial strategy and public policy development, and ensuring that they are informed by academic expertise. UCL aims to play a leading role in taking this agenda forward, as both a contributor of knowledge to and convenor of debate on industrial strategy.

UCL Public Policy is the university’s institutional initiative to support academic-policy engagement. It seeks to bring UCL’s academic expertise to bear on crucial public policy challenges and enhance evidence-based policy development. The new UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), founded by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, plays a leading role in rethinking innovation and societal challenges, driving a mission-oriented approach and reshaping industrial strategy agendas on a national and global scale.

The new post of Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement will work with and support the Director of the IIPP and other Institute staff, the Director of Research Strategy & Policy and the Head of UCL Public Policy in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) [OVPR], and others with relevant expertise in UCL more widely, to enhance UCL’s academic engagement with and informing of industrial strategy policy.

In particular, the post supports a) the work of the IIPP related to mission-oriented innovation and industrial strategy and b) the work of UCL Public Policy to build academic-policy engagement and improve the use of evidence in policymaking around industrial strategy. A significant element of the role will involve reporting to and task management by the Director and Deputy Director of the IIPP and enhancing the impact of UCL’s research on industrial strategy policy and implementation. The role will build engagement between UCL academics and expertise to inform industrial strategy policy, and develop a communications, dissemination and knowledge exchange strategy for relevant research.

Knowledge of industrial strategy and public policy development in the UK and/or other national settings and excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills are essential.

Applicants should demonstrate: an enthusiasm for enhancing the public policy impact of research; experience of effectively communicating research expertise to policy stakeholders; the ability to independently manage projects and activities; meticulous attention to detail; and very strong written and verbal communication skills.

Flexibility, initiative, creativity and a positive attitude are important attributes. The ability to work calmly under pressure, to prioritise a demanding workload and to meet deadlines is essential.

Experience of working in a policy-focused organisation, an interest in public policy, experience with or awareness of industrial strategy, and a good academic track record would be advantageous.

UCL vacancy reference: 1714010       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For further enquiries, please contact Kelly Lawless, Institute and Strategy Manager at k.lawless@ucl.ac.uk .

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: Week Commencing 23 April 2018

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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