Senior Portfolio Manager

BBSRC provides a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class bioscience research and innovation. The Research and Innovation Funding Delivery (RIFD) Team is responsible for the management, peer review and awarding of BBSRC’s research and innovation grant applications, awards to students and research fellows and research infrastructure. The annual funding budget is ~£500 million.

As Senior Portfolio Manager, you will provide leadership and support within a large team of approximately 50 staff who manage the assessment of pioneering research applications from the academic community that help tackle major bioscience challenges.

As a result of increasing budgets to meet government research challenges, a vacancy has arisen within the Research and Innovation Funding Delivery Team for an additional Senior Portfolio Manager to join the Senior Leadership Team. We are seeking individuals who have an understanding of Life Sciences and an interest in working with universities, research organisations and businesses in a UK and International context. You will work with some of the major advances in contemporary bioscience and interact with nationally and internationally recognised experts across all areas of bioscience.

By developing and utilising knowledge on the work of BBSRC, and the research and innovation it supports, your main job roles will include:

Providing effective leadership, management and support to the Research and Innovation Funding Delivery team to ensure that it has the capability and capacity to deliver its objectives
Leading and managing the RIFD team in the co-ordination of BBSRC’s research and innovation investment activities and projects
Leading, supporting and guiding the personal development of team members, particularly in relation to the opportunities and challenges presented by the move towards UKRI and the new ways of working this will require
Collaborating with a large and diverse range of stakeholders, including academia, government, business and BBSRC/UKRI colleagues in the development and creation of new funding calls
Representing BBSRC at its peer review meetings throughout the UK, providing strategic and policy input and ensuring that decision making is fair and robust
Sharing intelligence gained from the peer review meetings and interactions with colleagues, the BBSRC research community and wider stakeholders to inform the design of future funding activities and strategy development
Working with internal and external stakeholders to embed equality, diversity and inclusion across BBSRC activities and projects to shape a dynamic, diverse and inclusive system of research and innovation in the UK that is an integral part of society, giving everyone the opportunity to participate and to benefit
Ensuring that ongoing continuous improvement activities are embedded into all processes through the assessment and awarding of research and innovation funding
Contributing to a programme of outreach and workshops aimed to educate and support the research community in grant application, funding policies and award processes.

This role is aimed mostly at postdoctoral level candidates, though particularly well placed PhD graduate might want to apply This is the most senior grade that does not by default include team leadership.

Salary: £39,748

Closing date: 04/07/2021

Further information can be found here.