UKRI seeks new Director of International

13 Oct 2021 | Jobs

Job Title: International Director 
Area: UKRI Corporate Hub
Band: X - £83,000 minimum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Open ended contract 
Location: Flexible

About UKRI:

UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Launched in April 2018, our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The Government launched its Research and Development Roadmap in July 2020 setting out the UK’s ambition for science, research and innovation, including to reach 2.4% of GDP by 2027.  The 2020 Spending Review reconfirmed R&D as a key priority to cement the UK’s future as a scientific superpower and to drive economic growth, providing almost £15 billion for R&D for 2021/22; and the UK’s Integrated Review sets this vision within an international context. A significant proportion of this public investment will be channeled through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to deliver our vision for an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. To achieve this, we convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good. By bringing together nine organisations with great depth and breadth of expertise, we can connect research communities, institutions, businesses and wider society, in the UK and around the world. 

Key Purpose of the role and key responsibilities:

You will be accountable to the UKRI International Champion for leading UKRI’s International Shared Capability in: 

  • Overseeing the development and delivery of a collective International strategy, ensuring alignment with and influence on the Government’s broader international strategy for research and innovation
  • Championing international engagement at the heart of strategic and programmatic functions, bringing intelligence about overseas research and business partners’ strategies and ensuring that opportunities for the UK in the international arena are understood and acted on
  • Ongoing development and delivery of current UKRI international work, including with the UKRI overseas offices (India, China, USA) and with UKRO in Brussels, and the Innovate UK Brussels office; and for developing a strategy and plan for the future integration of current overseas offices, their staff, strategies and activities within the UKRI context
  • Leading on work with the European Union and fellow European research and innovation partners including with UKRO, to ensure the best outcome possible for science, research and innovation since the UK withdrawal from the EU
  • Overseeing the thinking and planning for, and development of any future policies, mechanisms and functions which may become necessary as a result of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU
  • Building and strengthening relationships with all current high-level external stakeholders, including the UK Government, universities, research institutions, innovation bodies and businesses, learned and professional bodies, global Foundations, overseas Governments and institutions to enable outcomes to be delivered in a sustainable way
  • Leading the development of new strategic partnerships in pursuit of the UK’s international mission and objectives
  • Working closely with all parts of UKRI including central strategy; policy; analytical and comms functions, and supporting operational alignment to UKRI priorities, to develop a coherent and compelling international strategy, communications and engagement approach which showcases UK strengths and strengthens relationships and understanding
  • Line managing the UK based International teams’ delivering shared capability for RCs, RE and IUK; staff and pastoral/task leadership for overseas staff and offices
  • Working with the International Shared Capability COO to ensure good governance, efficient processes, and sound monitoring and evaluation
  • Providing expert advice and support to the CE champion/Executive Chair and senior governance as necessary.

Corporate Responsibilities and relationships 

  • Taking individual and collective professional responsibility for championing broader collective agendas; actively championing equality, diversity and inclusion policies and practices; and other policies which support the overall mission
  • Working at all times with integrity and to the highest professional standards
  • Building co-operative team-based relationships with colleagues across and outside all the constituent parties coming together to make up UKRI both through formal governance arrangements and informally
  • Acting as a member of the senior management team within the functional area.

This Job Description sets out current duties of the post that may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility entailed.

Other Requirements:

There will be a requirement for travel both across the UK and overseas; staying overnight as and when necessary.

There is a requirement for the holder of this post to be SC cleared at minimum. Please see this link for information on this clearance. 

National security vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and engagement skills, with a proven track record of successfully building and keeping strong relationships beyond hierarchical structures and across organisations
  • Ability to develop and communicate a strategic view and then drive its practical delivery with multiple stakeholders within and beyond the organisation
  • Sound ability to analyse and make sense of complex detailed information, to take a broad view across issues and priorities
  • Comfortable with providing authentic leadership in an ambiguous and changing environment and with fostering an organizational culture of collaboration and positive about change
  • Political nous and the ability to work constructively within the wider public funding environment in which the international programmes operate; the ability to make decisions in a transparent, objective and impartial basis; the ability to read situations correctly and respond rapidly and appropriately
  • Strong emotional intelligence, excellent listening, negotiating influencing skills, with an ability to reach out and build trust and collaborative working with academic and business partners; with the strength in stakeholder management to enable the building of effective relationships which enable different perspectives to be reconciled for overall benefit
  • Excellent understanding and preferably experience of international engagement and/or working with EU institutions and partners
  • Good understanding of the research and innovation funding systems in the UK.

SCS competencies

The Civil Service Competency Framework applies to this role.

The key competencies required are:

Setting direction
Seeing the big picture
Making effective decisions

Engaging people
Leading and communicating
Building capability for all

Delivering results
Delivering value for money
Delivering at pace

Additional Information

UKRI is committed to continuing to make a success of flexible working, learning from our experience of the past few months, so would welcome applications from exceptional candidates based anywhere in the UK or seeking flexible working patterns – including part-time working or job-sharing.  

The successful candidate will however want to be visible with their teams in both Swindon and London, and with Ministers and senior Government officials in London, when it is safe and responsible to do so.

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

Recruitment Process and Timeline

Deadline for applications: 12th November    
Shortlisting: 22nd November            
Interview date: 7th December    
        
*Please note these dates are subject to change

How to apply

For queries or more information please contact [email protected]

About UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Together we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org


How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’


Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

 
How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

 

Primary Location

 England-Wiltshire-Swindon

Other Locations

 England-Wiltshire-Swindon

Job

 Professional

Organization

 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Contract Type Open Ended

Unposting Date

 13-11-2021

Hours Full-time / Part-time

Salary (Pay Basis)

 Pound Sterling (GBP)83,000.00

Band UKRI UKRI-X

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