Interim Director - Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), 2019
Deadline for applicants: 14 Jul 2019
Provide management and leadership for the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) for 10 months as Interim Director.
Main duties / key responsibilities:
Provide management and leadership for the RCaH with the aim of maximising international quality scientific delivery, output and outcomes.
Ensure that synergies and cross-disciplinary activities are developed and delivered within the RCaH and with the major user facilities on the Harwell site (including Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility, the Rosalind Franklin Institute and the Faraday Institution).
Ensure that the RCaH operates efficiently to the greatest benefit of stakeholders and meets the needs of the UK academic and business community.
Contribute to the identification of ways to improve interactions with industry and to attract a greater number of industrial users to RCaH.
Provide a high-quality training and development environment in RCaH, working towards improving inclusivity, diversity and support for early career researchers working in the RCaH.
Plan and manage all resources including staff, finance, capital assets and management information systems in an effective and efficient manner, ensuring adherence to MRC’s policies and security of assets and records and in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation and Harwell’s health and safety policies and guidelines.
Promote the RCaH objectives relating to public communications and international relations and in particular ensure maintenance of the RCaH website to support and promote access for potential new users from the academic and business community.
Ensure that all direct line-management reports have a clear statement and understanding of their areas of responsibility and accountability.
Provide an effective and regular process for staff communication and consultation across all levels within the RCaH.
Participate fully in strategic and scientific reviews being undertaken that are relevant to RCaH and engage in the implementation of recommendations and outcomes.
Education / Qualifications / Training required:
PhD in an appropriate science subject.
Experience in the successful management of cross-disciplinary science activities or management of facilities that support cross-disciplinary science activities.
Previous work experience required:
A proven track record (preferably), or a strong interest in providing leadership to empower, motivate, inspire and challenge teams, staff and external users of a facility/organisation to contribute to effective operation.
Experience in building, strengthening and sustaining positive collaborative and external / stakeholder relationships and networks.
The ability to work across the breadth of biological, environmental, life sciences and engineering and physical sciences or a strong interest in doing so.
Knowledge and experience:
Experience in the management and oversight of relevant programme and administration budgets including active and effective management of finances, programmes, people and risks, ideally within a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
A track record as an effective communicator with an ability to influence and persuade others, and to work with people of all levels internally and externally to an organisation, ideally both nationally and internationally.