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Lead for HR Business and Project Management

UK Research and Innovation - Human Resources

Location: Swindon
Salary: £50,702 per annum/pro rata
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd September 2021
Closes: 19th September 2021
Job Ref: 210000Q8

UKRI, Swindon/Oxford/Hybrid working options available
Contract: Open Ended/Full time or Part time considered

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the leading funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we operate across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion and 7,500 employees. UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England; and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For more information please visit

Our vision is to create an outstanding research and innovation system that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout the last year UKRI has played a central role in convening and catalysing efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting hundreds of projects to address the challenges and helping innovative businesses. Now is an exciting time to join our team.


Our HR function plays a pivotal role in achieving UKRI&# x2019;s vision. Following a comprehensive review and in full consultation with all key stakeholders, we are implementing a new HR Target Operating Model to transform the way we work, with a focus on strengthening our strategic business partnering capability, modernizing HR operational services and building up our expertise in areas such as careers and talent management, EDI, and leadership development.

We are seeking to recruit a Lead for HR Business and Project Management, who will lead HR’s annual business planning cycle and budget-setting in consultation with budget holders and Finance and provide modelling on future financial projections and scenarios to assist with agreeing plans and budgets.

The position

In this role, you will monitor and coordinate commercial and internal budgeting activities across the HR function and to establish and exercise control over a large HR project and programme portfo lio. You will also develop an HR project management capability/PMO and establish a governance framework, aligned with the corporate approach, to enable the effective management, reporting and delivery of projects to ensure the maximum business impact for the investment made

Skills, knowledge and experience required

  • Degree in business studies or relevant equivalent professional experience
  • Project and Programme management experience
  • Strong understanding of HR organisation, policies and processes
  • Experience in complex public sector/government organisational settings
  • Stakeholder management skills
  • Able to communicate complex information concisely and clearly in reports.

Additional Information

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and access ible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 19th September 2021.

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