• Industry Programme Officer (Fixed-Term)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 7 days ago(11/07/2018 16:09)
    Job ID
    Industry Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £29,376.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The Royal Society is the National Academy of Science in the UK and plays a key role in promoting science and the value of science around the world. In its five year strategy the Society has set out to ensure that science plays a central role in cultural and economic life. The Science and Industry programme is committed to reintegrating science and industry at the Society and to promote science and its value by connecting academia, industry and government. The programme is overseen by the standing Science, Industry and Translation Committee, which brings together leading scientists and innovators from academia and industry in the UK, including Fellows of the Royal Society. 


    The Society is looking for a Programme Officer to support the programme’s activities, in particular communicating and disseminating the outputs and findings from its work, through conference reports, case studies on industrial and innovative science, policy briefings and committee minutes.


    We are looking for an enthusiastic team worker with an interest in science communication and writing and the ability to communicate across different stakeholder groups including industry, academia, the public and government. The post holder will need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills and an interest in science. The role will also involve supporting the team in the planning and delivery of other work in the programme and the post holder will need to work effectively with members of the Society’s committees, Fellows, and high profile scientists from industry and academia. They will be a self-starter, with a common sense and pro-active approach and an eye for detail, deadlines and delivery.


    Reports to: Industry Programme Manager

    Line manages: None

    Location: Carlton House Terrace

    Hours: 35 hours per week; fixed-term contract until 31 March 2019

    Pay Band: C

    Salary: £29,376 per annum

    Secondments will be considered.


    Closing date for applications: 24 July 2018

    Interviews to take place week commencing 30 July 2018.



    • Working with the Industry Programme team to create written materials in support of the aims of Science and Industry programme, including conference reports, case studies, policy briefings and meeting summaries.
    • Supporting the successful delivery of the Science and Industry programme’s activities on time, to budget, and to the agreed scope. This includes;
      1. Supporting the delivery of events, including conferences, workshops and meetings;
      2. Drafting a range of written materials for speakers and organisers of meetings.
    • Working effectively with the Science, Industry and Translation Committee members and other senior Royal Society figures, such as conference organisers and speakers.
    • Using internal relationships across the Society so that the reports and findings from the Programme’s activity help and support other teams’ work.
    • Helping evaluate Science and Industry programme activities, include the impact of our outputs.
    • Contributing to other activities as required.

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required




    Graduate calibre with an interest in science communication




    Knowledge/ skills/ abilities


    Skilled oral and written communication with a range of audiences


    Has knowledge of office systems and procedures and good IT skills


    Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneously


    Good awareness of and interest in a broad range of scientific issues


    Excellent networking skills and familiarity with industrial science and

    the broader industry sector

    Managing corporate communications, including newsletters, webpages and contact databases








    Working in a team environment


    Producing promotional and support materials for a variety of media


    Writing, editing and disseminating briefings and reports


    Events management






    Able to be flexible about working hours, including working evenings,

    and to travel on occasion






    ·        Works unsupervised and can motivate self

    ·        Produces results under pressure

    ·        Can manage in stressful situations

    ·        Pushes for the best results



    Working with others

    ·        Contributes ideas and identifies opportunities to work with others both within the team and across the organisation

    ·        Willing to provide feedback to sectional colleagues when requested

    ·        Produces succinct presentations and papers for senior colleagues

    ·        Understands when to seek senior advice on potentially delicate negotiations

    Resource management

    ·        Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society

    ·        Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors

    ·        Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets.

    ·        Focuses on both short and long-term goals


    Critical thinking

    ·        Determines and clarifies the exact requirements of any situation

    ·        Checks information for accuracy and raises concerns if information is inaccurate

    ·        Extracts the key points succinctly, clearly and accurately

    ·        Puts forward suggestions for improvement concerning current processes or systems

    ·        Tries different ways of doing things to get the best results



    ·        Overcomes obstacles and is not deterred by setbacks; checks assumptions and first principles and works out alternative approaches

    ·        Reacts proactively to new challenges and works in a flexible manner to produce solutions

    ·        Provides feedback and participates in discussions surrounding new ideas approaches or projects


    Managing people and relationships

    ·        Delegates effectively, setting clear expectations and authority

    ·        Monitors results and feedbacks to team on a regular basis

    ·        Recognises others’ contributions and acknowledges their limits

    ·        Helps others to identify ways to improve their performance

    ·        Prioritises supervisory responsibilities and carries them out in a timely fashion

    ·        Understands and can identify client/stakeholder/staff needs and looks for opportunities to improve their experiences



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