Research Strategy Business Partner

Bath, Somerset (GB)
21 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
16 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Salary: Starting from £44,414, rising to £52,841

Closing date: Sunday 16 April 2023

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint four outstanding individuals with a high degree of professionalism to the Research Development Team, within Research and Innovation Services at the University of Bath.

This is an excellent opportunity to play a fundamental role in enabling the University to embed strategic changes, driven by its ambitious 2021-2026 Strategy.

About the role

This new opportunity will require enablers, who can bring together ideas, people and opportunities; the roles are essential in realising our bold research strategy. Our mission is to provide excellent support to our academic Faculties (Science, Engineering and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences) and School of Management.

Research Strategy Business Partners will make a significant contribution to the successful realisation of the University’s research strategy, focusing on specific objectives within the Faculty and School implementation strategies.

You will support a range of pivotal initiatives for continuous improvements in research performance and research support. You will provide expert advice and guidance to support the preparation of research grants, including major or strategic Faculty bids. Working collaboratively with colleagues across schools and professional services, you will be an enabler for change.

To facilitate the best quality advice and identification of key opportunities, the post-holder will be expected to develop a strong network of contacts within funding bodies and to be able to provide insights for academic colleagues to link their bid to key priorities of the funder.

These roles are offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) permanent basis.

About you:

  • Possess a good understanding of research in higher education, the research funding landscape and the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector.
  • Have experience leading strategic projects.
  • Be able to work collaboratively, have a strong ability to influence decision making as well as strong demonstrable problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in supporting colleagues to develop key relationships.

For an informal discussion, please contact the Head of Research Development, Dr Kate Charles or Richard Hocking, Head of Post-Award & Project Management. Please note that all applications must be submitted online via the University of Bath jobs website, applications via email are not accepted.

Interviews to be held on the 26th and 27th April.

What we can offer you:

  • A very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • Generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • We are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • An excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • A wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • A number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Visa information

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK, you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain - please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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Other organisations may call this role Research Strategy Officer, Research Strategy Executive, Strategic Business Partner, University Business Partner, or Education Research Strategy Business Partner.