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Head of Infrastructure Fund Programme

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Hours: Full-Time or Part-Time (minimum 30 hours per week) (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, technicians and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society. The infrastructure that we deliver underpins our ability to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world.

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity. 

We are looking for a Head of Programme to join the UKRI Infrastructure Team and support the delivery of UKRI’s Infrastructure Fund. We are a cross-UKRI programme established in 2020 to deliver the UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap (published in 2019) and have since prioritised and began delivery of a portfolio of investments valued at over £1.7 billion.

This new role offers the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in research policy and delivery, supporting the prioritisation of our major investments. This role will work closely with colleagues across UKRI and requires regular interaction with senior leaders. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing an understanding of, and communicating, how our work aligns with and supports key national policies
  • Leading a major Infrastructure Roadmap communication and event to demonstrate the UK’s progress and impact to national and international audiences
  • Supporting the evaluation and prioritisation of major infrastructure investment opportunities
  • Maintaining and improving our understanding of the research and innovation landscape
  • Growing Infrastructure Fund stakeholder relations and leading on engagement plans
  • Driving working level relationships with infrastructure leads in government
  • Horizon-scanning & international benchmarking of the Infrastructure Fund.

About the Team
The infrastructure team is a small team of 12. We are responsible for leading and delivering UKRl's strategic approach for investment in step-change infrastructures and managing these as a portfolio via the UKRI Infrastructure Fund and the Digital Research Infrastructure Programme. We work across UKRI and government to influence and support colleagues on issues important for a thriving R&I ecosystem. We're building on UKRl's understanding of the infrastructure landscape and horizon scanning for emerging areas of interest to keep up to date following the Infrastructure Roadmap programme.

The team is recently formed by merging the Infrastructure Fund and the Digital Research Infrastructure Programmes and you’ll be joining us at an exciting time as we establish and embed our new structure. You will report to the Programme Director and will have direct line management of one senior policy manager and senior management of two others. The team has a flexible and agile working style and individual responsibilities will evolve and develop as infrastructure priorities evolve.

You will be encouraged to explore your curiosity, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another.

Person Specification
The following criteria will be assessed at either Shortlisting (S), Interview (I), or both (S&I)

  • Degree, or equivalent experience, that enables some understanding of the importance of/operation of infrastructure in research or innovation (S)
  • Demonstrable ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, think strategically, prioritise effectively and to balance a fast paced and varied workload (I)
  • Track record of leadership and people management, or a proven ability to motivate, empower and inspire others to work effectively to deliver team and personal objectives (S, I)
  • Well-developed influencing and interpersonal skills. Ability to build and sustain productive working relationships internally and externally, at all levels of seniority and across academic, policy and wider sectors. Able to work both individually and as a member of a team (S&I)
  • Experience of managing and delivering policy and/or funding projects, with use of appropriate tools and systems. (S&I)
  • Ability to gather and analyse evidence, tackle issues, think creatively, and make effective decisions, sometimes in a complex environment due to the nature of a distributed programme with multiple collaborators (S&I)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to interpret complex information, communicate in an engaging, convincing and succinct manner, and produce publications that are straightforward and clearly articulated (S&I)

Additional information
You should be willing to travel and work away from the office and/or normal working hours on an occasional basis.

The role is based in Swindon and flexible working is supported. The role is full time, but part time applications (0.8FTE minimum) will be considered.

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn – about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. Join us and discover what’s possible. 

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2023.

Location: Swindon
Salary: £51,716 to £57,463 Band F / pro rata if applicable
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 31st December 2023
Job Ref: 230001FH
   
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