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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – Deputy Executive Chair

Deputy Executive Chair - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Recruiter: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Location: Swindon
Salary: Up to £95,000 FTE
Posted: 19 Jan 2021
Closes: 15 Feb 2021
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Science / Environmentfar

About Us

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

EPSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

About the role

As Deputy Executive Chair you will perform a pivotal role in developing and delivering a coherent research and innovation strategy which maximises economic and societal impact.

You will work to foster and further strengthen the roles of EPSRC, whilst enabling effective multidisciplinary collaboration across strategy and policy. You will work with the Executive Chair, Deputy Executive Chairs and Directors and Deputy Directors to champion and integrate the development and delivery of EPSRC and UKRI strategies, and the associated funds and programmes.

Key responsibilities

  • Act as an ambassador for the EPSRC in the academic and business communities
  • Ensure that EPSRC maintains its high reputation with the external stakeholder community and use expertise in developing and implementing policy internally
  • Contribute to designing and developing research and innovation strategies for EPSRC and UKRI working with the leadership of the nine Councils, UKRI centre and key external partners
  • Take a leading role in building an effective relationship between EPSRC and Innovate UK
  • On behalf of EPSRC, engage with, and lead aspects of, the UKRI agenda in commercialisation of university research
  • Support the Directors in providing the necessary oversight in cross-Council activities
  • Work with the Director of Cross-Council Programmes and the wider Senior Leadership Team in EPSRC to strengthen EPSRC engagement and leadership in cross-Council working
  • Act as SRO, representing the Executive Chair of EPSRC, on significant projects as required
  • Lead and oversee the development of policy from conception to implementation to improve the overall health and effectiveness of the research and innovation system
  • Design and own the overall strategic framework within which EPSRC develops and refines its strategic delivery plan, ensuring alignment with the overarching strategy
  • Present EPSRC/UKRI strategic and policy cases, associated with fiscal events, Spending Reviews and ad-hoc business cases, effectively influencing the total funding available for investment in world-leading research and innovation
  • Develop and deliver Research and Innovation strategy, engaging with and influencing stakeholders at the most senior levels across the organisation and in BEIS to build support and confidence in the delivery plans.

About you

  • First class track record of academic achievement in any branch of engineering or physical sciences and an excellent understanding of science and its applications
  • Recent experience serving at a senior level in a research-intensive university as Head of Department, Dean or Pro Vice-Chancellor preferred
  • Considerable experience of stakeholder management including the ability to work with partners to build effective relationships for mutual benefit
  • An understanding of business, innovation and commercialisation processes and drivers; the ability to deal effectively with industrialists and business leaders and to build strategic business partnerships and collaborations at board level
  • Ability to set up and direct programmes which address EPSRC’s longer term strategic goals and which draw support from other government agencies, industry, business and universities
  • Proven track record of strategic planning and policy development and an ability to take a broad view across the EPSRC portfolio in formulating future strategy and priority areas for future investments
  • Political understanding and the ability to understand and respond to the wider political environment in which EPSRC operates, and to work effectively within the particular governance framework for EPSRC
  • Strong emotional intelligence, excellent listening skills, good relationship and influencing skills and the ability to reach out and build consensus and trust.
  • Proven strategic and analytical skills
  • The ability to develop and deliver a financially viable vision and organisational strategy that encompasses the breadth of the science and engineering capabilities supported by EPSRC.

Desirable

  • A broad understanding of the research funding system in the UK, including knowledge of the activities and priorities of the other UK Research Councils
  • Experience either of working in an academic or industrial setting, or of working closely with industrial partners.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

For queries or for more information please contact seniorrecruitment@ukri.org

Recruitment Process and Timeline

  • Deadline for Applications - 15th February 2021
  • Interview Date - TBC

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