Head of Strategic Engagement

We are inviting applications for a new senior management position, created to reflect the importance we attach to strategic engagement

This new post sits at the interface between research done here and the “customers” for that research (in the broadest sense). The post-holder will be expected to develop, own and deploy the overall strategic and scientific narratives for the institute.

Our strategic vision of “Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet” sets out ambitious long-term goals for the game-changing impact of its science globally (to drive a step-change in agricultural productivity, to develop innovative new products from plants and microbes, and to ensure that agriculture is sustainable in the face of the climate emergency).

Achieving these goals will rely upon high-quality engagement with our research users and research funders.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for this post is a scientist with experience of working in or with government(s), businesses and/or research funding bodies.

They will have broad scientific awareness and an understanding of the research policy/research funding environment plus experience of engaging with government and its agencies.

Ideally, they will have a track record of success in attracting funding and will possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with experience of developing scientific stories for a range of non-scientific audiences.

This is a new role with the possibility of significant impact and visibility.

Closing dates and how to apply

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We are equal opportunity employers and actively support inclusivity and diversity.

The closing date for applications will be 27 July 2020.

Interviews will be held on 6 August 2020.

Applicants wishing to explore secondment into this post, for example from government, academia, learned societies or industry, are encouraged to contact the John Innes Centre.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact Human Resources, Norwich Bioscience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450149 quoting reference 1003908.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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