Vacancy Type/Job category
Management & Professional
Research & Impact Services
£53,353 - £61,823 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Fixed-term contract until 3 May 2024, 36.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE).
Research at the University of Warwick is internationally leading, transforming lives and communities, and addressing the global challenges of today and the future.
Social Sciences researchers at Warwick produce and translate scientific knowledge to address global challenges, support economic and social development, and educate students to be global citizens who are inspired to change the world for the better
An exciting opportunity has arisen that provides the opportunity to work at the heart of a dynamic research environment, alongside inspiring researchers in a forward thinking and ambitious University.
The successful candidate will work alongside senior academic and professional services colleagues to support the Faculty's research strategy, by leading on the delivery of pre-award research support and bid development and providing strong links to key external partners and funders.
A proven ability to support research performance through the provision of highly insightful funding and policy insights is essential, as is a track record in the development of large, inter-disciplinary research applications to prestigious funders.
Previous experience of working for a major research funder would be highly advantageous.
Please direct informal enquiries to Dr. James Green at [email protected]
Interview Date: TBC.
The Research Strategy & Development Manager works alongside senior academic colleagues to develop and deliver a strong and sustainable research strategy for the Faculty of Social Sciences and for each of its constituent departments and research centres. This involves providing leadership and expert practitioner support to the development and delivery of research funding applications and partnership opportunities in priority areas, working in this regard with senior academics including the Vice Provost, the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Research), Directors of Research and Heads of Department. The role also involves the provision of leadership and direction to colleagues from across the Administration, in order to ensure that the Faculty receives support for its research objectives in an integrated and effective fashion.
The development of external partnerships at regional, national and international levels is a key objective, as is the management of key internal processes such as the Faculty's Research Development Fund, and the engagement of the Faculty with institutional programmes including GCRF. In this respect, the Research Strategy & Development Manager will provide senior level advice and guidance to the Faculty on the development of an effective and stimulating research eco-system, that provides support and guidance to researchers at every stage of their research career.
Pro-active advice and guidance to senior academic colleagues regarding research performance management is essential. The Research Strategy & Development Manager will take responsibility for the regular analysis and interpretation of research performance management data, reporting this to the Vice-Provosts, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and other senior academic leaders, and also providing advice as regards future direction. This should include insight into potential funding stream and partnering opportunities.
The role brings with it a strong element of leadership within a matrix management context – the Research Strategy & Development Manager is a senior role within Research & Impact Services and will work alongside the Faculty Research Support Manager, to provide a high quality research support service to all departments and research centres in the Faculty.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide leadership, support and guidance to the development of detailed strategies and business plans for major externally-funded research initiatives, proactively seeking new funding opportunities and multidisciplinary projects, developing relationships with research partners and key strategic external funding agencies – UKRI, Research Councils, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, charities, commercial organisations, Government and European Commission.
2. Be instrumental in developing and shaping the Faculty's research and impact strategy, liaising as necessary with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Vice- Provosts, Heads of Departments, Directors of Research Institutes and other key stakeholders within the Faculty.
3. Provide dedicated research development support where required, in a pro- active and targeted manner and as defined by Faculty need; advise, brief and support senior academic staff, researchers and managers on new research funding opportunities from UK and international funding agencies including the coordination and preparation of major project proposals in response to funding initiatives as required.
4. Run training sessions and workshops aimed at increasing high quality applications to targeted funders and schemes across the Faculty
5. Contribute to the delivery of contracts and agreements for research projects and activities including costing and pricing of activities and compliance with regulatory, ethical, insurance and indemnity issues.
6. Provide expert practitioner support to the University's internal research income planning processes and to REF submissions.
7. Provide research updates and advice at a number of departmental and Faculty bodies such as departmental research and impact committees, the Faculty Heads of Department forum, and the Faculty Board
8. Support the development and implementation of Faculty and University-level external research partnerships, working closely with the Chair of Faculty, Directors of Research within the Faculty, and the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research.
9. Develop and maintain a network of senior contacts within the Faculty, administrative Departments (e.g. Doctoral College, Development Office, Warwick Innovations) the wider University and externally, for example with key funding agencies and peer Institutions, and to exploit these networks to maximum benefit for the Faculty and University.
10. Provide advice and support for internal discussions on research policy and strategy including at Steering Committee and Research Committee as required;
11. Provide advice and guidance to senior members of the Faculty on matters pertaining to research performance, including research applications and awards, research publication and citations, and research impact, including the provision of advice and guidance to senior Faculty members;
12. Support the Director of R&IS on the delivery of cross-faculty research initiatives including being the lead RSDM for the University's programme of Global Research Priorities and having a key role in the support of Faculty based Research Centres.
13. As a member of the senior team within Research & Impact Services, to contribute to the growth and development of University and Faculty and to contribute to the effective management of research activities both within R&IS and the wider University.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
An honours degree or equivalent. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Senior administrative experience, with experience of a research development or support role, within a HE environment. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 3
Strong track record of developing and maintaining research-based partnerships with key stakeholders. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 4
Proven leadership qualities and strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 5
Strong background and experience of research and research related matters with ability to interact effectively with high level staff in Universities, companies and public sector organisations. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 6
Highly developed negotiation and influencing skills and a track record of effective delivery of projects and proposals to deadline. Managing a diverse portfolio of large projects. (a, b, c)
Essential Criteria 7
Detailed experience of bid writing for innovative projects and actions, including understanding of funders' terms and conditions and the objectives of such funding sources. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 8
An up to date and detailed knowledge of the research funding landscape including Research Council, Government, Charities, EU and other key funding agencies and opportunities. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 9
A detailed knowledge and understanding of University operating procedures and cultures. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to read and interpret complex data and to interpret this data for senior colleagues in order to support future delivery of high level objectives. (a, c, d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Postgraduate qualification, or equivalent, in a relevant field, area or discipline. (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Positive experience of driving research performance at a senior level within a research organisation. (a, c, d)
Desirable Criteria 3
Understanding of research contracts and the key issues/challenges in the negotiation and delivery of research agreements. (a, c)
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