Senior Research Portfolio Manager – Economics
ESRC
Swindon
2d ago

Brief Description

Salary : £38,318 (pro-rata for part-time)

Grade : E

Contract Type : Open-Ended

Hours : Full Time / Part Time (minimum 0.8FTE)

Closing Date : 14th July 2020

Interview Date : W / C 3rd August 2020

The role and its purpose

You will bring leadership to the ESRC’s Economics portfolio. You will have (or show the potential to quickly gain) a sound understanding of Economics as an academic discipline and of the major political debates and societal issues that concern micro and macro economies.

You will be regarded by others in the organisation as a lead for Economics and as a source of retained expertise concerning this field for the ESRC.

At the ESRC, Senior Research Portfolio Managers lead and take personal accountability for a strategic research portfolio.

They engage with a wide range of academic and broader stakeholder communities to catalyse research ideas in those portfolios, driving forward their development and delivery and to ensure that outputs, outcomes and impact are captured and optimised, with lessons learned for future funding calls.

The role is a key influencer, both internally and externally, working with strategic research / portfolio leads, other senior ESRC staff, academic stakeholders, strategic partners and key networks.

You will establish a strong working relationship with key ESRC investments within assigned portfolios, such as the Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) and the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP).

Internally the role will help to drive a culture of high-performance teamwork across the ESRC.

You will be a key member of the team identifying opportunities, commissioning activity, and enhancing impact of ESRC’s economics research including both national and international activities.

The role will involve building effective relationships with stakeholders within the research community and in the policy and practice space, both in the UK and internationally.

The post will require a significant level of national travel, as well as some international travel in order to engage with and manage the portfolio of work, as well as sometimes being required to work outside of standard office hours

Position within the organisation

Senior Research Portfolio Managers are the key link between ESRC and the research and activity that we fund. Situated within one of 5 Research Portfolio Teams (overseeing areas such as health, human behaviour, economics, politics, security, work, education, the environment and international development research), Senior Research Portfolio Managers work closely with the Strategic Leads for the Research Portfolio Teams and Deputy Directors for Research to oversee a portfolio of research activity.

  • As the Senior Research Portfolio Manager for Economics, you will be in the research team that has responsibility for ESRC’s research portfolio in economics;
  • public services; crime, justice and security; and politics.

    Key responsibilities

    The Senior Research Portfolio Manager will be accountable with respect to achieving the following outcomes :

  • Work to deliver the ESRC’s vision for social science and specific Delivery Plan goals within portfolio areas
  • Working with senior colleagues and ensuring effective collaboration with other councils and external strategic partners (academic experts / advisors, research users, etc) to develop new initiatives in assigned or related portfolio areas
  • Responsible for overall portfolio management of all investments within assigned area, including ensuring outputs, outcomes and opportunities for impact are optimised, and risks identified and managed as appropriate
  • Responsible for catalysing relationships across investments within and across portfolios (e.g. relevant data, methods and skills investments)
  • Working across UKRI to identify and co-develop cross-cutting programmes to ensure a strong social science presence
  • Leading commissioning of new research activities, including scoping, panel management, funding decisions and stakeholder engagement (as appropriate)
  • Responsible for developing and exploiting appropriate international links to maximise quality and scientific impact of portfolios
  • Line Management, including recruitment and performance management (not all roles will involve line management, though all will involve some activity and performance oversight)
  • Deputise for strategic research / portfolio lead as appropriate
  • Manage resource planning within team.
  • Key relationships :

  • ESRC Strategic Leads
  • Deputy Directors for Research
  • Grants Delivery Team colleagues
  • UKRI colleagues
  • Key senior academics and advisory networks
  • Other external stakeholders, including Research Organisations and intermediaries, the academic community and policy makers.
  • Organization Description

    UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

    More information can be found at .

    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s leading research agency for funding research and training in the social sciences.

    Investing over £200 million a year every year our mission is to support world-class research designed to advance the frontiers of social science and contribute to a more prosperous economy, more effective public services and a more sustainable, healthy, secure society.

    Further details can be found at : .

    Shortlisting and Interview criteria

    Essential skills

  • Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrable experience of and enthusiasm for the application of social science to the portfolio area, and experience of interdisciplinary working
  • Demonstrable emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and to form good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels of seniority
  • Experience of effectively running / delivering programmes of research / innovation projects
  • Financial / budget management skills
  • Planning and organisation / prioritisation skills, with experience of balancing and responding to different demands, and the ability to deliver at high quality and pace against multiple priorities
  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) skills with the ability to produce clear, concise and accurate presentations and written to a wide range of audiences
  • Leadership and stakeholder management / engagement skills including an ability to provide a clear vision and to pull people together to deliver it and ability to influence, negotiate and engage others to ensure objectives are met
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis and problem-solving skills, including the ability to show initiative, cope with ambiguity, and operate independently
  • Up-to-date and broad-based knowledge of research / innovation, KE and impact in the research / portfolio and the wider HE landscape including the role of UKRI
  • Ability to think and act strategically
  • IT competency.
  • UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research.

    Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

    To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI.

    This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

    Limited parking subject to waiting list.

    Employee Benefits

    UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability.

    The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

    Developing Talent

    We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences.

    We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

    Equal Opportunities

    We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

    As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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