Senior Policy Advisers X2

Job Locations UK-London
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(29/04/2022 14:11)
Job ID
Science policy
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time
Salary Max
GBP £52,785.00/Yearly
Salary Min
GBP £42,228.00/Yearly
Pay Band

Job Scope

The Royal Society is looking for two Senior Policy Advisers to join the Research and Innovation team in our Science Policy section. This is an opportunity to be part of a growing and highly visible team within the Society and impact policy decisions that benefit science and people in the UK and globally.

The Research and Innovation team is a new policy team. Its origins lie in a core of work on aspects of the research system from funding, workforce and skills to the organisational landscape, research assessment and culture. The advent of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) together with Brexit and promised increases in government R&D investment have had significant implications for UK science and created more demand for the Society to engage in discussions on the UK’s scientific relationship with the EU and other international partners, the efficacy of visas and immigration policy, and priorities for government spending.

With the President of the Royal Society making innovation policy one of the priorities of his five-year term, the team is also developing a new strand of work centred on how we can add value in this key policy domain.

The team is agile and responsive. We work with Fellows and senior leadership at the Society on a programme of projects and on leading and coordinating rapid reactions to announcements, consultations, select committee appearances, and other policy demands.

We welcome applications from candidates who share our ambition to achieve the optimal policy environment for research and innovation to advance knowledge and benefit society.

You will be an experienced policy professional with a background in research and/or innovation policy.

You will be efficient and motivated with experience of delivering policy projects, campaigns and other activities aimed at influencing policymakers.

You will enjoy exceptional visibility with experience of working with people at all levels of seniority and be adept at networking and building relationships.


Reports to: Head of Policy, Research and Innovation

Hours: 35 hours per week 

Location:  Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace , London

Salary: £42,228 - £52,785 per annum

Pay Band: E

Application closing date 18 May at 23:59. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 23 May. 


  • Lead and coordinate a strand of policy activity on either innovation or the research system.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and expertise in relevant areas of research and innovation policy.
  • Work with colleagues and Fellows to develop relevant and impactful projects that support the team’s mission.
  • Ensure agreed projects and other activities are delivered on time, budget and scope
  • Coordinate, draft and edit reports, briefings and other outputs for internal and external audiences.
  • Build a network of contacts across government, industry and the higher education, research and innovation sector.
  • Establish an effective working relationship with colleagues and Fellows.
  • Represent the Royal Society in external meetings and other forums.
  • Support the Science Policy Senior Leadership Team to develop and implement the overall strategy for the Society.
  • Contribute to other activities within the Society as required

Key Knowledge and Skills Required

Degree or equivalentEssential
Expertise in relevant areas of policyEssential
Skilled oral and written communication for technical and non-technical audiencesEssential
Assessment and reporting of technical information in a clear and concise mannerEssential
Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneouslyEssential
Highly motivated and an ability to generate similar motivation in othersEssential
An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working Essential
Creative thinking and problem solvingEssential
Working on a variety of policy programmes at the corporate, national and/or international levelEssential
Delivering complex projects on time, budget and scopeEssential
Assessment and reporting of technical information in a clear and concise mannerEssential
Writing, editing and disseminating reportsEssential
Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts Essential
Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniorityDesirable
Managing staff, either formally or informallyDesirable
Working with committeesDesirable
Able to be flexible about working hours on occasionsDesirable
Able to undertake national and/or international travel on occasionsDesirable




·       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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