Deputy Challenge Director – Healthy Ageing 

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£50,899 - £81,122 gross per annum (plus bonus of up to 15% of salary per annum)
16 May 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Deputy Challenge Director – Healthy Ageing 
Innovate UK (part of UKRI)
£50,899 - £81,122 gross per annum (plus bonus of up to 15% of salary per annum)
Field Based

*This position also includes up to 15% annual Performance Related Pay

Innovate UK is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation:
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 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.  

UKRI’s ISCF Portfolio of work is hosted by Innovate UK, therefore the role holder will operate within the Innovate UK Healthy Ageing Team which is part of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Industrial Strategy – Healthy Aging Challenge
The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time and is being delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Challenge programmes delivered by the fund will be industry-led and powered by multi-disciplinary research and business-academic collaboration. The ISCF provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers. The fund is part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over 5 years.  

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Job purpose:

The Deputy Challenge Director is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of the Challenge, including management of the competition portfolio, cross-Government liaison, and the day to day operations of the Challenge team.

The Deputy Challenge Director reports directly to the Challenge Director and is a member of the Challenge Director’s senior leadership team. The Deputy Challenge Director carries responsibility for integrating the Delivery Plan for the Challenge with the day to day operation of the team, including wider UKRI support and ensuring that an evaluation and benefits realisation framework is in place to assure delivery of the business case. The Deputy Challenge Director is expected to act in the absence of the Challenge Director and will deputise for the Challenge Director in external engagements including conference presentations. 

Experience required:

  • Experience in a strategic role in the delivery of a complex, public sector programme delivering policy-led change, preferably at a national scale.;
  • Experience of working extensively with external partners in a range of fields associated with this domain which are likely to include care providers, technology service providers, utilities, third sector, investors, local partnerships and academia;
  • Successful management of multiple senior and executive stakeholders with conflicting demands and priorities;
  • Effective management of significant budgets, implementing cost-control and forecasting in a tightly-controlled environment
  • Managing programmes and delivering a broad range of benefits, across the Public and Private sectors
  • Leading a high-performance multi-disciplinary programme team across multiple locations to deliver exceptional results

UKRI Benefits include the following:

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 privilege and public holidays
  • Enrollment to the Civil Service Pension Scheme

For full details of this post and to complete an online application, visit An updated CV and covering letter will be required for the online application. 

Closing date: Midnight 2nd June 2019     

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