Head of Visual Communications - Operations Group - Kevin Moreton - LMB 1443

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Deadline: 22 Jan 2021

View Vacancy -- Head of Visual Communications - Operations Group - Kevin Moreton - LMB 1443
Open Date
11/12/2021, 11:00
Close Date
22/01/2021, 23:55

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at www.ukri.org

MRC - 2


£51,927 to £64,198 per annum (A higher starting salary may be considered for exceptional applicants)


Administration & Management

Full Time

Overall purpose:

The Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB) has a strategic ambition to promote understanding and engagement of its world class science to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. The Head of Visual Communications is key to helping achieve this aim and is accountable for creative visual output through media such as the 3D animation, graphic design, video, photography and illustration, which will enable the LMB to tell its science stories in the most compelling way.  The Head of Visual Communications is also responsible for the development and management of LMB’s website.

Main duties / key responsibilities:

To lead in the development of a vision and strategy that delivers a best in class visual communications service that best supports LMB’s science and engagement objectives to internal and external stakeholders.

To lead, develop and motivate team members ensuring that they have the capabilities, processes, tools and technologies to provide high-quality services that meet needs of LMB users.

To keep abreast of technology and other developments in the visual communications field.

To manage the department’s annual programme of work ensuring the successful delivery of a range of projects on time, to high quality standards and within budget.

To lead relevant major Institute wide projects such as the development of a new innovative website for the LMB.

To provide expert design and creative advice to senior management and scientists to support their project from the initial brief to the production of the final output.

To develop strong and open relationships with key stakeholders at the Institute in order to continuously review and evolve the services provided by the department, to ensure they meet the current and future needs of the Institute.

To develop a network of external contractors that deliver high quality work at reasonable rates to support the team with peaks in workload and for projects requiring specialist skills.

To be an ambassador for the department championing its services and promoting its work.

To engage with other senior managers in LMB, MRC, UKRI and partner organisations to plan or align activities, share best practice, and/or collaborate on projects.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Chief Operating Officer and be part of the Operation’s Group senior leadership team.

You will work with senior scientists and management across LMB to support their communications projects through all stages, from initial brief to the production of the final output.

You will also work with senior colleagues at MRC Head Office and UKRI.

Additional information:

The above lists are not exhaustive and you are required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC. 

Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: Degree level or equivalent qualification preferably in mass communications, marketing or a related field.  

Desirable: A postgraduate or equivalent qualification.

Previous work experience required:


Highly developed specialist knowledge and understanding of visual communications.

Strong experience of leading, developing and managing a team of expert specialists.

Strong experience in developing and delivering a successful visual communications strategy.

Track record of successful delivery of a high-profile programme of visual communications projects.

A proven track record in delivering successful change management projects. Experience of developing and managing a complex, high profile website.

Experience of developing and managing a budget.

Desirable: Experience of working in a scientific or research organisation.

Knowledge and experience:

Creativity and initiative:


Ability to analyse, interpret and present complex science in a creative way to a diverse range of internal and external audiences.

Ability to provide creative solutions to ensure the communications brief meets the needs of the audience.

Ability to think and plan strategically and to take the initiative.

Independent working:


Resilient, able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrable ability to multi-task and deliver to deadlines.

Able to work autonomously and take responsibility for making decisions to ensure work is prioritised and delivered.

Verbal and written communication skills:


Excellent communication, presentation and influencing skills to engage senior stakeholders.

Excellent writing and editing skills.

Strong interpersonal skills to lead, motivate and inspire others with an open, honest and engaging approach.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:


Proactive and driven, with a passion for delivering high quality work.

Able to develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Ability to resolve challenges in a positive and constructive way.

Excellent organisational skills with the ability to be responsive and adaptable to changing circumstances.

Ability and willingness to actively contribute and take the lead in projects as part of the wider leadership team.

Keeps up to date with the latest trends and technologies within the visual communications field.

Additional information:

A key aspect of this role is to be self-starting and be able to shape and deliver a programme of work to meet the LMB’s ambition to promote its science.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.
Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.
Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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