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Associate Director of Insight and Engagement

Research England - Research England, UK Research and Innovation

Location: Bristol
Salary: £59,023
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th August 2019
Closes: 9th September 2019

Fixed Term 1 year

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Research England has been established as a new council within UKRI whose aim is to create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Insight and Engagement Team as an Associate Director.

About the role

The Associate Director of Insight and Engagement is a key role for Research England (RE) involving a high degree of strategic understanding, external visibility and autonomous working. As well as maintaining overall responsibility for our Insight and Engagement functions, this role leads on emerging issues relating to RE’s role and relationships, responding to risks and opportunities to ensure that we are well-placed in a changing policy and funding environment.

As well as providing strategic direction and leadership to ensure that we are well positioned with stakeholders, you will also make sure that RE understands and responds to stakeholders’ views and context particularly on university issues. You will be defining and developing Research England’s strategic partnership with the Office for Students as well as leading on university engagement to provide routine and effective two-way channels of communication with English universities. 

About you

You will have proven experience of creating and leading strategic engagement across multiple partners along with a diverse stakeholder base. With an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the UK research and higher education policy environment, including experience in research or knowledge exchange policy, you will have the ability to operate with political understanding. You will have a demonstrable skill to adapt, reach out and build trust and collaborative working and the ability to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others. Excellent listening, influencing and negotiating skills are essential along with the ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging and convincing way.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with experience of working in the higher education sector or from candidates who would like to pursue a secondment from their university. 

Benefits

UKRI recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance as well as other benefits.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide an up to date CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role. Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc250579_9806.aspx. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 9th September 2019

   
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