Director - Research Operations

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Competitive
27 Nov 2023
12 Jan 2024
1991
Permanent

ABOUT THE ROLE

This role will lead on Northumbria University’s ambitious plans for external research grant funding, implementing mechanisms to improve the amount of externally funded research supported in the university, development of a rewarding and compelling research culture and ensuring efficient and compliant delivery of funded projects.

The post holder will be expected to drive collaborative working across Northumbria University and with external partners to promote the development and delivery of new initiatives and leverage investment to the University. The postholder will actively influence organisational and partner strategies ensuring alignment of external and internal foci and supporting the prioritisation of opportunities. 

As a member of the RIS Executive Team the post holder will support the Executive Director to lead and manage the service. Further information is available in the job description.

ABOUT THE TEAM

Based at Northumbria's City Campus, the Director of Research Operations will support the Executive Director to lead and manage the Research and Innovation Service and have direct responsibility for research development, delivery and policy.

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides dedicated, specialist support to Northumbria’s research community throughout the research grant lifecycle to help sustain Northumbria’s position as a research-intensive modern university.

Support includes sourcing potential funding; aiding proposal development; providing guidance through the authorisation process; monitoring project spend; and assisting production of the final report.

RIS designs and administers research-related training programmes for staff, offers support for the commercialisation of research, co-ordinates the University’s ethical procedures and works with senior colleagues to ensure the delivery of coherent research-based policy and strategy.

The Service also supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and co-ordinates ways in which the benefits and impact of Northumbria's research are shared with the wider public.

RIS provides professional support for strategy, policy and academic delivery of research and innovation; through a combination of central and Faculty-aligned provision, it supports senior, academic colleagues and post-graduate research students.

ABOUT YOU

To be successful in the role you will have extensive knowledge of the UK Higher Education environment, including national policy for research and knowledge exchange and the associated funding landscape. You will have practical experience of research operations and the implementation of funding strategies as well as a knowledge of research culture and REF approaches.

Further information is available in the person specification.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jenny Taylor, Executive Director of Research and Innovation Services, at jenny2.taylor@northumbria.ac.uk.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now'.  Your application should include a covering letter and a CV.  

ABOUT US

At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create, and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold.

Awarded the title of University of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, Northumbria University is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now ranked top 25 for this measure.

One of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries, filled with world-leading research, award-winning partnerships, and students at the heart of an outstanding experience, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university. Discover more about us.

Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance. We offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more

Our Northumbria Values are guiding principles that define who we are, what we do and what is important to us. Our Values are: Academic Excellence; Innovation; Inclusivity; Collaboration; and Ambition.

Our Behaviours describe how we do things and how we work together at Northumbria, reflecting our culture and our decision-making. Our Behaviours are: We listen and learn, we support one another to success, we respect everyone and their contributions, we trust in ourselves and each other and we are bold.

Our Behaviours were co-created by colleagues from a range of roles across the University, who worked collaboratively to consider what it feels like to work for Northumbria, and where we need to continue to transform together to achieve what’s important to us.

Please visit Our Values and Behaviours page to find out more.

We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager.  Our campus locations include City Campus Newcastle and Coach Lane Campus Newcastle.

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Leader, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.

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