UKRI is a new, independent, non-departmental public body, bringing together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. The new body seeks to maximise value from government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per annum by 2020. It will lead the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding in the UK, pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through research, and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research and business-led innovation. The Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England will continue to provide strategic direction to their disciplines and thematic areas and continue to control their own delegated budgets and manage institutes and facilities.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, with our National Laboratories providing world-class research facilities and capabilities operated as a national research resource.
We combine world-class research facilities including the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source and the Vulcan Petawatt Laser, with support for major high-profile science activities, such as the Diamond Light Source and the UK’s participation in international facilities such as CERN. We also operate important technology centre’s including the Hartree Centre, RAL Space and the National Satellite Test Facility, run by some of the world’s most talented staff, operating at the frontiers of advanced science and technology.
With sites including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Daresbury Laboratory at the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus in Cheshire and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, all of which are developing communities of innovative businesses working within the research programmes, we are positioned to deliver advance scientific understanding and generate a remarkable variety of real-world benefits which shape societies and transform lives.
STFC’s Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) connects STFC’s facilities, research and technology program’s to business and the wider economy, delivering UK economic growth through spin-out companies, growing the research and innovation campuses, attracting inward investment and collaborative industrial R&D.
About the role:
We have an excellent opportunity for an exceptionally skilled and experienced leader, who will provide visible and inspiring initiative of the Directorate across STFC.
The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for delivering a coordinated and embedded business and innovation strategy for STFC. In addition, will have shared corporate accountability for the delivery of our Vision, Strategy and Delivery Plan as a member of the Executive Board; overseeing development of future corporate strategy, policy and plans to optimise delivery of STFC’s goals, ensuring effective corporate governance, meeting our statutory obligations, and continuously improving STFC’s overall performance.
The role will also have specific responsibility for the provision of high caliber professional services to STFC departments to develop and exploit commercial relationships and business opportunities, and to support collaborative ventures and initiatives in order to increase innovation outcomes and secure external income.
- Acting as STFC’s strategic advisor on areas within the business, innovation and campuses portfolio
- Working with the Executive Director for Strategy Planning and Communications, to strengthen strategic relationships including those with the Campus stakeholders and key business partners
- Take a visible leadership role as a key member of Executive Board
- Share corporate accountability for the delivery of STFC’s Vision, Strategic Delivery Plan, oversee development of future strategy, policy and plans to optimise delivery of STFC’s plan, ensure effective corporate governance and meeting of our statutory obligations; and continuously improve STFC’s overall performance
- Act as a role model and champion for STFC’s organisational values, equality, diversity and inclusion code
- Act as a senior ambassador for STFC at international, national and local levels
- Work in close collaboration with other Executive Directors to:
- Provide strategic support to motivate our people performance
- Strengthen strategic relationships including those with key universities and overseas facilities
- Maximise the exploitation and impact of our science for industry.
- Reflect and enable the vision and aims of UK Research and Innovation
- Undertake leadership or support and other ad-hoc activities as directed by the Executive Chair.
- Work closely with the Department Directors, and STFC Business Partners to ensure that STFC and UKRI have:
- The necessary financial controls and reporting (reflecting Managing Public Money)
- The right people, in the right place, doing the right things, developing their skills and maximising their productivity in alignment with STFC and UKRI strategy
- Appropriate governance structures, assurance as to the integrity of activities, risks that are identified and mitigated, information that is accurate and secure
- A safe and healthy working environment for all staff, workers and visitors to all STFC sites and delivery of STFC’s environmental agenda.
What is UK Research and Innovation?
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.
Building on success
The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.
The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.
- Excellent leadership skills with an ability to motivate, utilise and develop capability within a large and diverse team, ideally within an advanced technical/multidisciplinary environment
- Able to operate at a strategic level with a record of translating organisational vision and strategy into operational requirements
- Excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence, build and maintain influential working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; collaborative and consultative, an excellent communicator
- Enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable and proactive with the ability to work flexibly in a changing environment
- Results-focused with an excellent track record of continuous improvement and making difficult decisions effectively
- Strong numeracy skills with the ability to interpret and scrutinise.
Interview Date: 27th April 2020
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.