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Head of Translational Partnerships

Natural Environment Research Council - NERC

Location: Swindon
Salary: £54,043 to £60,048 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience). UKRI - Band F
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 230001H3

Location: Polaris house, Swindon 

Hours: Full-time / 0.8 Part Time

You will play a key leadership role in driving the implementation of NERC's Green Finance agenda, contributing to portfolio development, long-term strategy, and partnerships. This role is situated within the Interdisciplinary, Programmes, Design & Management (IPDM) team, within NERC’s Strategic Partnerships Directorate.

Your responsibilities will also encompass overseeing the delivery and post-award management to achieve planned outcomes for NERC's £40M Changing the Environment programme. As well as various translational research initiatives, with a primary focus on the emerging ‘green finance’ portfolio and the Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme. Collaborating with the Associate Director (AD) for IPDM you will support the development and implementation of the strategic partnerships with the four Changing the Environment Higher Education Institutions (CtE HEIs), managing NERC's relationships with these new partners. In this collaborative environment, you will work closely with colleagues across the Strategic Partnerships Directorate and other key roles, including Heads of Clean Growth, Business Partnerships, Policy Partnerships, and Community Engagement. Reporting to the AD, Interdisciplinary Programmes, Design & Management, this role also involves line management responsibilities for up to two staff members. 

Leadership responsibilities

You will provide individual and collective leadership within the team, Strategic Partnerships (SP) Directorate and more widely across NERC, UKRI, and external partners.

Delivery responsibilities

You will be responsible for the planning, delivery and resourcing of relevant UKRI/NERC priorities and outcomes, and for providing evidence of successful delivery. Your authority will derive from your portfolio knowledge, including broader understanding of environmental science and key partners.

PERSON SPECIFICATION: 

Essential Criteria

  • Domain expertise: Knowledge of environmental research, and/or applied environmental research, partners and emerging opportunities in environmental science
  • Able to build and maintain strong partnerships and working relationships with a range of stakeholders at all levels; and able to thoughtfully navigate complex organisational and stakeholder landscapes
  • Confident in using a solution-focused approach to create positive outcomes where no precedent exists
  • Proven skills and experience in monitoring and evaluation to inform strategic decision making and demonstrate impact
  • Experience of commissioning and delivering funded research and innovation programmes in partnership with public and private sector organisations
  • Able to produce concise, high quality, successful strategic investment cases, ideally with experience of HM Treasury and BEIS guidelines
  • Able to provide high quality written and verbal advice suitable for use by executive and senior level decision makers
  • Demonstrable experience of sound budget management and planning
  • Experience of line management through times of ambiguity and uncertainty to deliver effective outcomes

Benefits

  • An outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • 30 days' annual leave in addition to 10.5 public and privilege days (full time equivalent)
  • Employee discounts and offers on retail and leisure activities
  • Employee assistance programme, providing confidential help and advice
  • Flexible working options

Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

How to apply:

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Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role. 

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