This new post forms part of a recently expanded Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity team.
International collaboration forms a major part of King’s College London’s research portfolio, and with such internationalisation we need to ensure that this activity is carried out to the highest standard of integrity and in compliance with relevant legislation such as the Export Control Act 2002 and the National Security and Investment Act 2021.
The post holder will work with researchers to identify, mitigate and manage the risks associated with international collaboration including reputational, operational, regulatory, and security-related, developing systems and policies for assurance and compliance in relation to relevant UK and international policy.
The post holder will be the institutional lead on export control regulations, managing the licence application process, and developing systems, policies and processes to appropriately manage activities that fall within the scope of such regulations, working with key departments within the university to identify key risk areas, and supporting those departments with compliance.
The post holder will have, and continue to develop, expertise in UK export control regulations and sound knowledge of compliance and risk management in HEI or business setting. They will have significant experience in developing policy and processes and networking with key stakeholders at a senior level, both within the research community and in professional services, most notably our Deputy College Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Research Grants and Contracts.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Research Governance and Ethics and report to the Director of Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity. There are currently no line management responsibilities attached to this post.
The university currently has a hybrid working model. When in the office the post will be based at the Waterloo campus.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent
- To act as the Institutional lead for Export Control, providing advice on compliance with export controls and classification of goods and technology and developing and managing systems for the assurance of compliance with the requirements of both the UK export control regulations and the USA Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
- To act as the lead support for researchers in obtaining UK export licenses, including Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) and Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) for both Dual Use and Military Goods. Ensure the correct use of Open General Export Licences (OGELs) and apply for Control List Classifications and submission of the application through SPIRE, the Export Control Organisation’s online export licensing system.
- To act as the lead support for researchers in obtaining US export authorisations and re-export licence applications from the US Department of Commerce, ensuring submission of the application through SNAP-R, the US Department of Commerce’s online export licensing system.
- To be the named KCL lead for liaison with the Export Control Joint Unit and other parts of UK government.
- To work directly with researchers to identify the potential need for a licence and ensuring the complete and timely submission of licences, briefing researchers fully on their obligations under granted licences and developing a proactive and appropriate monitoring and assurance programme for active licences.
- To lead on the active monitoring of incoming international grants in worktribe (ensuring that any relevant high-risk research is flagged and risks appropriately mitigated) and potentially problematic publications through SciVal, working with colleagues within the relevant departments of the Research Management and Innovation Directorate (RMID) as required.
- To act as the lead institutional adviser and central point of contact for the research community in relation to risk and regulatory issues as they relate to international research collaboration. This includes keeping under regular review, and up to date with, national and international developments, government legislation and regulatory requirements, funder expectations, and sector-wide best practice.
- To lead on the development, provision and delivery of training and training material with respect to international collaboration risk and specifically for export control.
- To lead on the development of policies and procedures for the University related to international collaboration and export control.
- In consultation with senior colleagues within RMID, Business Assurance and the International Office to develop an outreach programme to the research community to increase awareness and improve understanding of the risks associated with international collaborations.
- To develop and embed a network of champions across faculties as local sources of guidance and expertise, providing a central lead/steer and acting as the point of escalation for complex queries.
- To lead on and coordinate the convening of any appropriate Committees or working groups, gaining executive level sponsorship, recruiting appropriate members, shaping the business process, and leading on the implementation of any recommendations.
- To ensure KCL has a leading role in shaping national and international policy and setting best practice across the sector on KCL’s behalf including building appropriate networks and leading on responses to consultations.
- Representing the University at a national and international level through meetings of professional bodies and networking groups (such as the Russell Group Export Control Forum and Higher Education Export Control Association).
- To lead on HMRC and Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) audits, in collaboration with the Director of Research Assurance.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Either: Professionally qualified with a relevant degree/postgraduate qualification, plus a broad management experience in similar or related roles.
Or: Substantial vocational and relevant management experience demonstrating management ability in an appropriate professional or specialist area, and success in similar or related roles, supported by evidence of significant appropriate specialist knowledge.
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