Closing Date: Noon on Wednesday 3 July 2019
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science. We work with research centres, higher education institutions, government, civil society and business to shape the direction of environmental research and innovation. We fund cutting edge discovery science and strategic research, whilst providing the training, skills and infrastructure the UK needs to remain at the forefront of environmental science.
We are advertising this role at a time of unprecedented change. People are impacting the planet and driving environmental change on a scale that is unique in Earth’s history. This role will lead NERC’s research and skills directorate, and work collaboratively across NERC and our partners, to commission world-class environmental science.
The Director of Research and Skills will demonstrate NERC’s leadership and drive by developing, implementing and championing the research and skills aspects of NERC’s Strategic Delivery Plan. The successful candidate will lead good practice, sharing learning from inside and outside NERC, including with key Government stakeholders including BEIS, Chief Scientific Advisers and other Government departments. They will ensure NERC processes are of high quality and integrity, thereby maintaining the confidence of NERC, and the wider community, in assessing and deciding upon science investments, in order to ensure scientific excellence across the NERC domain.
The appointed candidate will contribute to the corporate management of NERC as a member of an active and collegiate senior leadership team. They will be expected to represent and speak on behalf of NERC and UKRI more broadly to a wide range of communities and stakeholders at senior and working levels. The post-holder will have delegated responsibility for the delivery of £150M of UKRI’s budget and will be directly responsible for a staff of c75 scientific administrators and £64M of NERC’s directly allocated budget. Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification, and will be able to demonstrate significant credibility with senior members of the research community and NERC stakeholders.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Natural Environment Research Council on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference KXGAA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 3 July 2019.