Body: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Science & Technology
Location: London, although some travel to other locations may be required
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 9-12
Remuneration: UKRI Board Members will receive an annual remuneration package of £9,180 per annum for this commitment. Any additional days worked will be compensated at £459 per day.
Time Requirements: UKRI Board Members will be expected to work 20 days per year. It is expected that both the Innovation Champion and the Chair of the Audit Risk and Assurance Committee will be required to commit between 20-35 days per annum to UKRI work.
The UKRI Board will be expected to support the set-up of the organisation, providing clear strategic direction and oversight, promoting the importance of UK Research and Innovation and supporting the senior leadership team of the organisation to embed new ways of working across UKRI. The time commitment of UKRI Board Members is expected to be 20 days per annum. As well as the above requirements which would be expected for all UKRI Board Members, there are specific roles on the Board that will require additional expertise, and a larger time commitment to UKRI, expected to range between 20-35 days per annum. These additional roles include both the Innovation Champion and the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee.
Audit Risk and Assurance Committee Chair
The Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee Chair will require experience in managing risk and assurance programmes within organisations either in the public or private sector, having experience of prioritising risk and putting in place effective and timely assurance and contingencies.
UKRI Innovation Champion
The government is committed to ensuring that the business facing character of Innovate UK is preserved and that innovation is embedded across UKRI. In order to help UKRI’s Chair and CEO deliver this commitment, one member of UKRI’s Board will be asked to lead on promoting and championing innovation and business interests. Specifically, this person will:
In addition to being a UKRI Board Member, sit on the Council of Innovate UK to ensure a senior voice for innovation within UKRI and provide strategic support to Innovate UK’s Executive Chair. This will account for approx. 7–15 additional days compared with other UKRI Board Members.
Support Innovate UK and the UKRI Board in embedding innovation throughout the organisation.
Ensure that in all its activities, UKRI considers the opportunities for business innovation.
Be an authoritative voice in communicating to the business community.
Provide independent advice to ministers on innovation issues, as required.
The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint a Board which demonstrates a range of relevant knowledge and skills to deliver the strategic leadership over the government’s investment in research and innovation of over £6bn p.a., and is looking to recruit 9-12 Non-Executive Members who would ideally have the following experience:
Appropriate, senior management level experience in at least one of the following:
experience of research into science, social sciences, technology, humanities, the arts and new ideas;
experience in industrial, commercial and financial matters relating to innovative business sectors, or in the science and technology sector.
Members should be able to reflect and express authoritatively the perspective and views of stakeholder communities, while contributing corporately to UKRI’s successful pursuit of its mission (Essential).
Ability to develop and drive forward a clear and strategic vision for the organisation (Essential).
Understanding of change management and evidence of having led the successful implementation of significant cultural change and organisational development within a large organisation that has both national and international visibility (Desirable).
Significant commercial acumen, business knowledge and a strong understanding of financial management (Desirable).
We welcome applicants with a range of experience from within the different nations of the UK, the charity sector, and with international experience.
The Non-Executive Members will be appointed for a term of 3– 5 years, with the potential for extension/renewal at the discretion of the Secretary of State.