ISP Programme Manager
Post Details
Job Title
ISP Programme Manager
Post Number
1004667
Closing Date
29 May 2024
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£34,950 - £43,750
Hours per week
37
Project Title
N/A
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

This is an exciting, dynamic and highly varied role for a Programme Manager to support two BBSRC Institute Strategic Programmes (ISPs) at the John Innes Centre (JIC) - Advancing Plant Health (APH). (https://www.jic.ac.uk/research-impact/our-strategic-research-programmes/advancing-plant-health/) and Delivering Sustainable Wheat (DSW) (https://www.jic.ac.uk/research-impact/our-strategic-research-programmes/delivering-sustainable-wheat-dsw/).

The position will be based at the JIC, which is the lead for both ISPs. The APH programme is joint with The Sainsbury Laboratory and DSW is a cross-institutional programme with nine partner organisations. Working with research leaders, the Programme Manager’s principle aim is to support both short-term and long-term delivery of the ISP objectives. Primary activities will include co-ordinating people and resources, planning a wide variety of activities (internal and external meetings, dissemination (e.g. public engagement), impact tracking and reporting, providing strategic guidance, and aligning research and reports to overall scientific goals. Experience of scientific writing would be a significant advantage.

The successful applicant will work independently, but closely work with the scientific leads of the two ISPs. In addition, they will work with scientists at all stages of their careers and colleagues within the administration teams at JIC and beyond to facilitate ISP activities. Therefore, excellent communication (verbal and written) is essential, as suited to complex research environments. Further, exceptional time-management and organisational skills are critical as part of the role, along with other administrative support, to ensure efficient delivery of high-level meetings and events/conferences with respect to calendar management, room booking and budgets. Skills in scientific writing may be leveraged to support applications for additional funding, relationships with industry and other stakeholders, and public engagement. The cross institutional and collaborative nature of the ISPs and interaction with stakeholders (for example plant breeders) means willingness to travel is essential.

The successful candidate will be motivated to familiarise themselves with the research of the programmes, and be proactive in seeking out new opportunities for continuous improvement in project management and culture. Experience of working in a research environment is desirable as an understanding of the research process, an ability to interact with scientists, and how impact is achieved are important for the role.

Key Relationships

The position will be line managed by the ISP Leaders of the APH and DSW programmes. Inside the organisation, the postholder will work with staff at all levels. They will also work closely with other ISP Programme Managers and Science Support Administrators to ensure coverage, continuity and best practice, and with JIC senior management and NBI administrators to deliver effective and efficient support to ISP and JIC science projects.

Outside of JIC, relationships with key stakeholders that may be located nationally or internationally and may be other scientists, politicians, members of commercial organisations, or members of the public. Specific relationships will include with institutional representatives from collaborating partners within the ISPs (and associate members), funders (mainly the BBSRC, there are specific individuals liaising on the ISPs), commercial breeders, administration teams, wider stakeholders (farmers, millers, producers, agronomists, agrochemical industry, public interest groups).

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Assist the ISP Leaders to manage cross institutional ISPs including strong interactions with a number of partner institutions (The Sainsbury Laboratory, Rothamsted, Quadram Institute, Earlham Institute, NIAB, University of Nottingham, University of Bristol, and EBI).
10
Establish and nurture relationships with researchers and administrators at JIC and within the NBI Partnership (e.g. Finance, Human Resources, Contracts, KEC and C&E teams) vital to the success of the ISP.
10
Coordinating industrial collaborations, particularly with wheat breeders.
5
Liaise with all stakeholders in the ISP and other projects when required, including supporting external collaborative activities of the ISP Leader and ISP Group Leaders.
5
Work with the ISP Leader and Group Leaders to develop and execute projects that maximise the impacts of the ISP’s research.
5
Assist in the production of strategic plans, annual reports and other documentation liaising with other support services and suppliers to coordinate design and layout.
5
Assist the ISP Leader to plan, schedule and track project milestones including research objectives, KEC activities, impact plans, and timelines and deliverables using appropriate reporting tools.
5
Capture information for ISP reporting and coordinate preparation of draft reports and responses to information requests
5
Compile ISP-associated communications documents, reports and presentations.
5
Liaise with Finance and HR to generate and manage information relating to accounting and staffing issues, such as Scientific Services Accounts (SSA).
5
Liaise with other ISP Project Managers and other administrative staff to coordinate joint responsibilities.
5
Help the ISP Leaders to communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear manner.
5
Work with Communications & Engagement, the ISP Leaders and Group Leaders to maintain and update relevant scientific and public-interest web pages and other ISP communications or recognition schemes.
5
Organise internal and external meetings for ISP and other large projects and activities, including liaising with delegates, planning programmes, circulation of minutes, and tracking meeting outcomes.
5
Help coordinate annual ResearchFish reporting for the ISP.
5
Provide support for establishing new ISP proposals, arranging meetings, collating information, writing up and formatting.
5
Organise ISP meetings.
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Degree (or equivalent experience) in relevant subject
Essential
PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams
Essential
Strong critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills
Essential
Knowledge of a research environment
Essential
Experience of Programme/Scientific project management
Desirable
Web site management skills
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience of proactive, independent, and responsible work patterns
Essential
Have an understanding of research planning, execution and reporting
Essential
Experience of research project management
Desirable
Experience in web authoring
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to take administrative decisions independently
Essential
Dedication to continued personal development and acquisition of relevant skills
Essential
Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to liaise with individuals at all levels
Essential
Ability to work on own initiative and to work effectively as part of a team, requiring flexibility, versatility and adaptability
Essential
Excellent scientific communication skills - written, web-based and verbal
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workload and manage competing demands effectively
Essential
Self-motivated and proactive
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Embraces the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Some travel may be required for the purpose of attending scientific meetings with stakeholders, or off-site ISP Research Leaders, that may require overnight stays
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard hours when required
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

Department

Biochemistry and Metabolism

Researchers within the Department of Biochemistry and Metabolism investigate the structure and function of biological macromolecules and fundamental aspects of plant and microbial metabolism. They aim to understand the mechanisms underpinning metabolic diversity and how to manipulate proteins, carbohydrates, small molecules and DNA, research which is facilitating advances of agricultural, environmental, medical and industrial importance.

Group Details

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Living in Norfolk

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ISP Programme Manager
Salary:            £34,950 - £43,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        Indefinite, full time
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date: 29 May 2024
Reference:     1004667

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ISP Programme Manager to support the cutting-edge science programmes led by the John Innes Centre.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally. 

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

Background:

The John Innes Centre is seeking a Programme Manager for two of its Institute Strategic Programmes (ISPs), Advancing Plant Health (APH) and Delivering Sustainable Wheat (DSW). ISPs run over five-year cycles and are funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Advancing Plant Health, led by Professor Mark Banfield, aims to understand the molecular interactions between plants and microbes/pests, establishing how they communicate with each other and how they have evolved together. The programme is a partnership with The Sainsbury Laboratory.

Delivering Sustainable Wheat is led by Dr Simon Griffiths at JIC and spans nine research institutes and universities with the joint aim of developing new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits.

The role:

The position will be based at the JIC, which is the lead for both ISPs. The APH programme is a joint programme with The Sainsbury Laboratory and DSW is a cross-institutional programme with nine partner organisations. Working with ISP leaders, and other research leaders, the Programme Manager’s principal aim is to support both short and long-term delivery of the ISP objectives. Key activities will include co-ordinating people and resources, planning a wide variety of events (e.g., internal and external meetings with a wide range of stakeholders and public engagement), impact tracking and reporting, providing strategic guidance, and aligning research and reporting to overall scientific goals.

The ideal candidate:

You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject and have knowledge of general project management, knowledge of scientific project management is advantageous.

The successful candidate will be motivated to familiarise themselves with the research of the programmes and be proactive in seeking out new opportunities for continuous improvement in project management and research culture.

Experience of working in a research environment is desirable as an understanding of the research process and how scientific impact is achieved is important. An ability to effectively engage with our scientific community is an important factor for this role.

Excellent communication (verbal and written) is essential, and experience of scientific writing would be a significant advantage. Exceptional time-management and organisational skills, to sit alongside other strong administrative support, will be critical to ensure efficient delivery of the role’s goals.

Additional information:

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.