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Team Head - Work, Education & Skills

Economic and Social Research Council - ESRC

Location: Swindon
Salary: £50,702 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 31st January 2022
Job Ref: 22000000R

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UKRI

We are seeking a Team Head to lead ESRC’s Work, Education & Skills Team, developing and delivering an outstanding portfolio of research on employment, labour markets, skills, education, and technology.

ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research in the social sciences. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on the public sector, business, and civil society. The ESRC is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)—a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering and managing thematic research investments and programmes relating to different aspects of work, education, and skills
  • Working closely with the ESRC’s academic Education Research Director, Dr Gemma Moss, in delivering the new £5m interdisciplinary Education Research Programme for 2022
  • Building strong links with academic, policy, business, and research funder communities—both within the UK and internationally—to catalyse research ideas and drive forward their subsequent development and delivery
  • Leading a small team (approximately six people) with direct line management of approximately three staff (Grade E).

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • Knowledge of the landscape of social science research in employment, labour markets, education, and skills—or a demonstrable ability to acquire this rapidly
  • Strong track record of project and programme management
  • Excellent collaboration and influencing experience, including building a diverse network of key contacts and potential partner organisations
  • Experience working and delivering in a fast-paced research or research funding environment
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and present compelling arguments and recommendations to a range of internal and external audiences
  • Excellent numeracy skills, with experience of handling budgets and exercising financial control

Please be aware that this is an office-based contract, however we are trialing hybrid office-home working. We support flexible working, and all working arrangements will be considered.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please click apply.  Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2022 and interviews will the w/c 14th February 2022. 

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