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 strategic partnerships directorate, working collaboratively across NERC to foster existing partnerships, including with our Research Centres, and to create new partnerships with institutions that have a track record of bringing research and innovation breadth and depth together with business acumen and local communities. A key part of this role will be to ensure that NERC brings its considerable role as a convener to bear to identify and foster the best interdisciplinary talent, and create leaders with the foresight to tackle interdisciplinary challenges, whilst demonstrating the key role of environmental science in delivering against key priorities such as clean growth. The appointed candidate will be central to delivering the new NERC strategy.
The new Director of Strategic Partnerships will lead good practice, driving forwards knowledge sharing with key partners including HEIs, Research Centres and other stakeholders. They will ensure that NERC’s national capability commissioning is of the highest quality, to maintain NERC’s ability to support leading edge science and innovation and will ensure effective policy, planning and delivery of capital investments, whilst also strengthening programme management of cross-Council and strategic funds, including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The appointed candidate will also contribute to the corporate management of NERC as a member of an active and collegiate senior leadership team, and 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 £110M of UKRI’s budget and will be directly responsible for a staff of c75 scientific administrators and £135M of NERC’s directly allocated budget.
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 KXGAB. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon Wednesday 3 July 2019.