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Interview Date: W/C 3rd August 2020

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.

You will liaise directly with a wide range of key stakeholders in the UK and overseas to manage strategic partnerships across research-intensive countries; ensure UKRI-BBSRC’s representation in international programmes; and foster new opportunities for international engagement that meet UKRI-BBSRC’s priorities.

We particularly welcome interest from applicants who have both a breadth of understanding of bioscience and knowledge/experience relevant to international research collaboration. We also welcome interest from applicants with bioscience-relevant expertise and experience that may extend into biomedical, chemical, engineering, environmental, physical, social or economic research, and/or with research user perspectives from industry or policy.

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; and to develop common understanding, joint programmes and activities that support UKRI-BBSRC’s strategic priorities and long-term goals
  • Working with IRU and other colleagues, 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 and support in 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
    Preparation of UKRI-BBSRC missions to key strategic partners overseas and production of briefing materials on BBSRC International activity to BBSRC Executive plus other stakeholders
  • Work with senior colleagues in International and RSP to 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
  • Ensure BBSRC strategic objectives are reflected in future and planned international programmes in liaison with colleagues across UKRI-BBSRC and the wider science community
  • 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 (e.g. UKRI Offices in North America, Europe, Research Councils and Innovate UK) and with the UK Government’s Science and Innovation Network
  • Line management of Band D, International Portfolio Manager.
  • Organization Description

    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, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

    About BBSRC

    The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

    Funded by Government, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

    For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see:

    For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see:

    Shortlisting Criteria (S) Interview Criteria (I) or both (S&I)


  • Degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant experience (S&I)
  • A demonstrable ability to work with and influence internal and external stakeholders at different organisational levels (S&I)
  • Able to plan and prioritise own work area and the work of others. Contribute to wider team activities and priorities as required (S&I)
  • Strong liaison, networking and negotiation skills. Ability to anticipate stakeholder reactions and deliver communication needs (S&I)
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to present complex information concisely under tight deadlines (S&I)
  • Understanding the aims and objectives of BBSRC (I)
  • Willingness to travel in UK and abroad, including occasional overnight (or longer) absences. (I)

  • Desirable:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant professional experience. (S)
  • Experience in international research and working with counterpart agencies overseas (S&I).
  • 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.

    To enable us to hire the very best people 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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    Employee Benefits

    UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

    Developing Talent

    We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

    Equal Opportunities

    We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

    As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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