Senior Portfolio Manager - International

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Swindon, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 May 2021

Role Description

BBSRC is currently seeking to recruit a Senior Portfolio Manager-International to join our Research Strategy and Programmes, International Relations Unit. Our aim is to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the biosciences, and that academic research, industrial R&D and the UK economy benefit from the increasing scientific activity across the globe. We promote international links at the policy level and between researchers, and we work in collaboration with Councils in UKRI and other UK stakeholders in many of our international activities.

We particularly welcome interest from applicants who have a breadth of understanding of biosciences and knowledge/experience relevant to international research collaboration.

Main job activities

  • Engage with key stakeholders and work with senior leaders in UKRI-BBSRC and international counterparts to maintain current and establish new strategic partnerships, through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms;
  • Provide evidence and analysis to develop strategy and identify future challenges and areas of collaborative work in research-intensive countries where UKRI-BBSRC engagement and investments can best contribute to serve our strategic objectives. This will be in collaboration with other IRU colleagues, aiming to support the development of country engagement plans and their implementation;
  • Provide inputs on the evidence and analysis for the effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of current UKRI-BBSRC international investments;
  • Prepare UKRI-BBSRC mission visits to key strategic partners overseas and produce briefing materials on BBSRC International
  • Support BBSRC participation in international programmes currently including: The Wheat Initiative and The International Wheat Yield Partnership and its related steering committees/expert working groups and collaborate with other member countries and international research organisations within these
  • Represent UKRI-BBSRC on various bodies, cross-UKRI groups, external meetings and UK delegations overseas plus hosting and presenting to delegations visiting UK
  • Ensure effective collaboration with other UKRI partners and with the UK Government’s Science and Innovation Network
  • Line management of Band D, International Portfolio Manager.

Shortlisting and Interviews criteria

  • Degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant experience
  • A demonstrable interest and understanding of the aims and objectives of BBSRC, including how bioscience research contributes to delivery of wider benefit and impact
  • A demonstrable interest and understanding of the purpose of international collaborations in bioscience
  • A demonstrable ability to work with and influence internal and external stakeholders at different organisational levels
  • Strong liaison, networking and negotiation skills ability to anticipate stakeholder reactions and deliver communication needs
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to present complex information concisely under tight deadlines
  • Able to plan and prioritise own work area and the work of others, contribute to wider team activities and priorities as required.


UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and provides a rewards and benefit package including a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to apply

To see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Applicants are required to provide a CV and Cover Letter providing evidence of how they meet each of the essential criteria.

The Closing date 30th May 2021

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