Senior Workforce EDI Manager

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 28 Nov 2021

UKRI, Swindon/Hybrid working options available
Contract: Open Ended/Full time or Part time considered

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the leading funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we operate across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion and 7,500 employees. UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England; and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For more information please visit


Our HR function plays a pivotal role in achieving UKRI’s vision. Following a comprehensive review and in full consultation with all key stakeholders, we are implementing a new HR Operating Model to transform the way we work, with a focus on strengthening our strategic business partnering capability, modernizing HR operational services and building up our expertise in areas such as careers and talent management, EDI, and leadership development.

The Position

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Workforce EDI Manager, who will contribute to the development of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies, frameworks and initiatives for UKRI and its Councils to support the creation of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In this role, you will act as an ambassador for EDI within UKRI. You will support the Head of Workforce EDI in developing and embedding the EDI strategic framework, as well as provide EDI related advice to staff, managers and HR colleagues as required. You will support development of EDI guidance and interactive toolkits to build UKRI EDI capability, while collecting and reviewing data against success measures to drive continuous improvement on embedding UKRI’s EDI HR plan.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

  • Experience working in an EDI team within a large, complex organisation
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring EDI interventions
  • Experience in a complex public sector/government organisational setting (desirable)
  • Excellent relationship and stakeholder management skills
  • Up to date knowledge of legislative EDI requirement, employment law, EDI practices and their role in business success and national EDI trends/agenda.
  • Strong analytical skills to develop insights and trends
  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and an ability to communicate complex information concisely and clearly
  • Human resources qualification or relevant professional experience.

What We Offer

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board.

Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.

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