• Senior Manager (International Grants) GCRF

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 7 days ago(11/07/2018 17:05)
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £42,228.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    Reports to: Head of International Grants

    Line manages: Scheme managers

    Location: London

    Hours: 35 hours per week

    Pay Band: E

    Salary: £42,228 per annum


    Duration: Maternity cover appointment to March 2019 (or earlier should the post-holder return)

    Secondments will be considered. Interviews week commencing Monday 6 August.


    We are seeking a Senior Manager, International Grants, GCRF for a fixed-term, maternity cover appointment. The post holder is responsible for managing, administering and supporting the development of a portfolio of the Society’s international grants schemes, with a particular focus on international grants schemes established through the UK Government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). They will be responsible for line managing staff to support the delivery of relevant grants programmes. In addition, they will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key external and internal stakeholders. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of International Grants to ensure delivery against our strategic objectives.


    Management and Leadership


    • To manage and provide leadership to Grants Scheme Managers and support them in realising their potential and delivering funding schemes to the highest standards of efficiency and quality and customer care.
    • To oversee administrative systems to ensure that the application and review processes select and support the best candidates, selections are made in a robust, equitable and transparent way and follow policies and procedures agreed by the Royal Society’s Council. To support the Head of Grant Operations in ensuring robust governance in this process.
    • To take a lead within the Society on matters related to the delivery of a range of funding schemes and to ensure - in collaboration with the Head of International Grants - that these are relevant, meet the Society’s strategic priorities as well as the schemes’ objectives, and have maximum impact.
    • To recommend to the Head of International Grants and Director of Grant Programmes strategy, policy, and actions which will improve the delivery and the overall impact of funding schemes.

    Stakeholder Management

    • To manage strong and positive collaborations with funding partners and to liaise with key stakeholders on matters related to grant making and Official Development Assistance, including our sister Academies and UK Government Departments.
    • To be actively involved in identifying and negotiating new opportunities for collaborations with other funding organisations and potential sponsors.
    •  To be actively involved in the management of relationships with potential applicants, current award holders, and alumni.
    • To support the Royal Society’s Officers on matters related to the Society’s funding activities and to engage with the Fellowship in these matters.
    • To represent the Society at appropriate meetings and events, including giving formal presentations.

    Evaluation and Reporting

    • To manage systems for monitoring the progression of awards, and the quality of outputs of grants in a comprehensive and robust manner, and to support the Section’s Senior Impact and Evaluation Manager in evaluating the impact of Grant funding schemes. Including paying particular attention to specific GCRF conditions such as ODA requirements.
    • To collaborate across the Society to ensure that knowledge gained in the context of grant making is utilised to maximum effect and communicated widely and effectively.

    Finance management

    • To support the planning of the Grants budget and to be responsible for quarterly forecasting and controlling spend against budget.

    To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the Head of International Grants and the Director of Grant Programmes.

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required



    • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
    • A good understanding of academic and/or research activities in science
    • A good understanding of procedures and best practice in research funding



    • Science degree                                                                                       





    • Skilled team leader and team worker                                                        
    • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills            
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Good IT and presentation skills
    • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills




    • Proven experience in a similar role
    • Experience of managing staff
    • Experience of funding research in a UK and international context
    • Experience of working across teams and departments
    • Experience of managing meetings with external participants in senior positions




    • Able to be flexible about working hours  
    • Able to travel



    ·        Identifies difficult situations

    ·        Recognises stress in others and takes steps to reduce it

    ·        Controls pressurised situations

    ·        Effectively enthuses those in the team

    ·        Proactively sets goals and targets for own work


    Working with others

    ·        Actively seeks ideas and criticisms from within the team

    ·        Resolves conflicts within and between teams

    ·        Embeds feedback processes within the team

    ·        Seeks out new networks that will create opportunity for the Society

    ·        Able to present complex issues simply

    ·        Uses discretion, tact and empathy when negotiating with and/or seeking to influence others

    ·        Understands the need to manage expectations and to only promise what is deliverable

    Resource management

    ·        Determines strategy and deployment of resources, balancing cost and benefit; risk and potential for maximum impact across significant business areas

    ·        Manages complex cross-cutting projects to time, budget and specification

    ·        Ensures others accept responsibility towards results or quality

    ·        Sets the quality standards for own business areas in accordance with strategy and contributes to the formulation of quality standards across the Society

    ·        Sets and monitors priorities

    ·        Identifies and manages risk effectively

    Critical thinking

    ·   Uses questioning, analytical and probing skills to ‘dig deeper’

    ·   Knows when enough information has been obtained and adapts presentation of information to the needs of the audience

    ·   Evaluates the benefits, practicalities and value for money of ideas and obtains feedback

    ·   Makes sound decisions in a complex or ambiguous environment and is able to gain support and manage challenges confidently



    ·        Actively seeks the input and opinions of others, often outside his/her section and accommodates and incorporates this thinking into any output.

    ·        Actively seeks new challenges and projects; leads discussions surrounding new ideas, approaches and projects

    ·        Anticipates need for innovation and seeks new ideas, approaches and solutions


    Managing people and relationships

    ·        Sets expectations of others and ensures they deliver

    ·        Demonstrates a positive attitude towards work, celebrating success and instilling confidence, which encourages the same from others

    ·        Encourages others to share ideas and participate in the discussion and decisions of the team

    ·        Assesses needs of clients/stakeholders/staff and makes plans to meet these needs



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