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- Policy and Strategy Officer - IRC242902, UK

Policy and Strategy Officer - IRC242902

BBSRC

Reference Number:IRC242902

Location:Swindon See on Map 

Salary:£30056

Closing Date:02 November 2017

Interview Date
23 November 2017

Corporate Policy and Strategy Group (CPSG) is looking to recruit a Policy and Strategy Officer to support BBSRC’s corporate evidence, evaluation and strategic planning functions. This is an exciting role which blends analytical expertise and strategy to provide a solid evidence base to support BBSRC’s high-level decision making.

As a publicly funded body, BBSRC must account for the funds it allocates and explain the achievements of the research it supports. The collection of outputs, outcomes and impact data is an important component of meeting this requirement, and BBSRC uses an online system (researchfish) to capture these data. The successful applicant will play an important role in analysing BBSRC’s researchfish data, reporting against it effectively, and developing the evidence base to inform decision making.

Key aspects of the role will include:
•supporting the development and implementation of policy, processes and systems for the collection of research outcomes data (via the researchfish system)
•supporting the analysis and use of research outcomes data, ensuring that research outcomes data contribute to wider BBSRC corporate evidence base
•representing BBSRC’s interests in the development of cross-Council policies and processes relating to research outcomes and the use of researchfish
•contributing to BBSRC’s annual performance reporting cycle, including coordination of the quarterly Chief Executive’s report to Council and inputs to the BBSRC Annual Report
•supporting other strategic planning activities of the group e.g. the management of BBSRC’s strategic partnerships with universities.

You will need to demonstrate excellent analytical skills and experience of working with large datasets. Strong organisational and team-working skills will be essential, as will an ability to progress multiple workstreams at the same time, prioritise work effectively, and meet deadlines. Working experience of SQL and VBA would be an advantage, although candidates without this experience will be considered provided they are willing to undertake training to develop their skills in these areas. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to synthesise and present information clearly and concisely are also essential.


Main Job Activities

Evidence and evaluation:

Support the development and implementation of policy, processes and systems for the collection of research outcomes data by:
•supporting the process for regularly updating BBSRC awards data within researchfish, liaising with BBSRC colleagues as required
•supporting BBSRC research community in the population of the researchfish online system, particularly during the annual submission periods 
•maintaining effective working relationships with other Research Councils and the researchfish central support team to ensure the system is being used consistently across the Research Councils and the research communities; this will include attending meetings and responding to queries
•monitoring researchfish submission rates from BBSRC-funded researchers, and assisting with the administration of  the sanctions policy for non-compliance
•representing BBSRC’s interests in cross-council discussion of researchfish and related discussions on the collection and use of research outcomes data
•coordinating input into cross-council development of external communications and policy relating to researchfish (e.g. sanctions policy, FAQs etc.)
•representing BBSRC at the researchfish Outcomes Support Group and other cross-funder groups, as required.

Support the analysis and use of research outcomes data, ensuring that researchfish data contributes to wider BBSRC corporate evidence base, by:
•checking and validating research outcomes data relating to BBSRC-funded investments, reporting and resolving anomalies
•developing methods to analyse and report on research outcomes data for use by BBSRC, to provide evidence of the outputs, outcomes and impacts arising from BBSRC’s investments in bioscience research
•carrying out analyses of BBSRC research outcomes data to produce standard reports that are ‘fit for purpose’ to inform various stakeholders internally and externally, liaising effectively with colleagues across the organisation to ensure alignment to user needs
•promoting the availability and use of research outcomes data across BBSRC, and supporting colleagues in accessing and using the data.

Contribute to the activities of the wider team in support of the monitoring and evaluation of BBSRC’s investments, and the development of impact evidence.

Strategy and planning:

Contribute to BBSRC’s annual performance reporting cycle by:
•preparing the quarterly CE’s report to BBSRC Council, coordinating inputs across a range of BBSRC’s activities
•working with colleagues across BBSRC to develop material for the performance section of BBSRC’s Annual Report and Accounts.

Contribute to the activities of the wider team in support of BBSRC’s corporate strategic planning, including strategic partnerships with universities.

Group and Office-wide responsibilities:
•attend BBSRC, cross-Council and external meetings and deputise for colleagues in the group as required
•draft briefings for the group Director and other senior BBSRC staff as required
•draft papers for BBSRC Council, Strategy Advisory Panels, Executive Group and other meetings, as required.


Job posted on 11 October 2017.

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