Deputy Executive Chair

Job Reference ADHB
Closing Date Tuesday 22 Feb 2022

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests to push back the frontiers of biology, and deliver a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future. We are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and are the largest public funder in the UK for non-medical bioscience. We support around 1,600 scientists and 2,000 research students to carry out research which has the potential to change the world.

We are now seeking a Deputy Executive Chair to support and champion our critical work, investing in world-class bioscience research and training. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in helping society to meet major challenges ranging from food security to green energy and enabling us to lead healthier, longer lives, while also underpinning important UK economic sectors such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

Reporting to the Executive Chair, you will provide highly respected academic leadership and insight across all our bioscience research and innovation interests. You will play a pivotal role in setting our overarching vision and long-term goals and bring intellectual leadership to the development and delivery of a coherent strategy for research and innovation. Working collaboratively with colleagues, you will advance bioscience research and innovation working across UKRI and connecting to the wider bioscience research and innovation community in universities, research institutes and across Government.

You will have a clear record of academic achievement in any branch of the biological sciences, have actively contributed to supporting the wider research system, and have an understanding of the broader discipline and its applications. With proven strategic and analytical skills, you will have the ability to analyse potentially conflicting information. You should have considerable experience of stakeholder management, as well as the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively in a range of channels and for a range of audiences. The role is envisaged as a part-time secondment opportunity at 0.6 FTE.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the BBSRC on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference ADHB. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 22nd February 2022.

BBSRC invests to push back the frontiers of biology and deliver a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future.