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Strategic Workforce Planning Lead

UK Research and Innovation - Human Resources

Location: Oxford, Swindon
Salary: £50,702 per annum/pro rata
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 24th September 2021
Job Ref: 210000Q6

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, w hich 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’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 Strategic Workforce Planning Lead, who will create workforce plans that sustain the current and future delivery of UKRI services and adheres to national statutory requirements and correlates to the relevant strategic, service and financial plans. This role will also provide workforce research and analysis expertise to major change programmes and manage a range of strategic workforce planning projects.

The position

In this role, you will identify and make recommendations to address both current and potential future workforce issues at UKRI and Council/Department level, through provision of expertise, data, models and advice to support leadership decision making.

Skills, knowledge and ex perience required

  • University degree in HR/equivalent relevant professional experience
  • CIPD membership and/or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • In depth knowledge and experience of successfully developing and implementing strategic workforce planning in a complex organisational environment/diverse and specialist staff groups
  • Demonstrable collaboration skills, and experience of influencing stakeholders and decision makers
  • Experience in using data and analytics to bring new insight, demonstrate impact and return on investment
  • Strong communication skills (in writing, presentation etc) and able to communicate complex information concisely and clearly
  • Demonstrable experience of managing/prioritising multiple change and project management workstreams.

Additional Information

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclus ion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible 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.

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2021.

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