Research Grants Manager

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NBI Partnership

The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). All of these organisations carry out scientific research funded by the UK Government, European Union, Charitable and Industrial Sponsors. The Partnership employs around 150 staff to cater for the needs of approximately 1500 Research Staff, Students and Visiting Scientists who are all located in close proximity on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory are registered charities (No’s 223852, 1058499, 1136213 and 106550) and are Equal Opportunity Employers..

Post Details

Job Title
Research Grants Manager
Post Number
1003471
Closing Date
30 May 2018
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Aug 2018
Months Duration
Indefinite

Main purpose of the job

Increasing the chance of success of bids through proactive engagement with the scientists, providing information on grant opportunities and calls for proposals and targeting applications to appropriate sponsors.

The post will add value to submissions through providing quality assistance and expert advice on the application; developing informed project budgets matching the science project work with the resource needs; advising on style, format, general content, writing justifications and management sections, have a keen attention to detail and proof reading to 'polish' the final submission and ensuring submission deadlines are met.

Department

Contracts

Group Details

The Research Contracts Office (RCO) provides support to maximise the funding potential of the Norwich Bioscience Institutes [John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Quadram Institute Bioscience] scientific research and to assist in the protection and exploitation of the research in a timely and efficient manner.

The Office is a facilitator for scientists to successfully procure funds and manage projects. The Office negotiates and administrates all externally funded grants and contracts as well as confidentiality, consultancy and material transfer agreements on behalf of the Norwich Bioscience Institutes.

Advert Text

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced Research Grants Manager to join our busy Research Contracts Office at the NBI Partnership.

The role:

The Research Contracts Office provides support to the internationally renowned research centres of excellence; John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Quadram Institute Bioscience.

This post will be one of five Research Grants Managers providing outstanding specialist support, leading on increasing the chance of success of grants through targeting applications to appropriate sponsors, providing expert advice on the application, developing informed project budgets, commenting on content, writing justifications and proof reading and ensuring submission deadlines are met.

The successful candidate will be required to balance the many competing priorities arising from individual applications, offers of awards to fund research projects, post award administrative project management, liaising with sponsors and negotiating with third parties.

The ideal candidate:

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about contributing to the success of the supported institutes and have significant experience of working in a research grants support role in a research office, either at a University or a research institute. They will be committed, energetic and results driven, in providing a professional, effective, timely and responsive service.

The ideal candidate will be a team player, capable of working independently with the ability to use their initiative and to think strategically. They will have excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues. Additionally, they will be a proven problem solver capable of multi-tasking and managing diverse workloads to deliver to tight deadlines under pressure.

About the NBI Partnership:

The NBI Partnership provides an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary environment in which to work. Set in 230 hectares of parkland, we are an equal opportunities employer with a comprehensive benefits package to include; competitive starting salaries, free parking, defined contribution pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent recreational and leisure facilities.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £39,150 to £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post on a permanent basis.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.nbi.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003471.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.



Key relationships

This post will lead on the support of a specific customer base of research leaders, alongside the other Senior Research Support Officers in the team. The post will manage the delegation of activities to an assistant as appropriate.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Lead on the management of all grant submissions for a specific ‘customer base’ on behalf of John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Quadram Institute Bioscience, ensuring science matched to mission, compliance with the rules of the external funding organisation and policies and procedures of the submitting institute. The post will add value to submissions through providing quality assistance and expert advice on the application; developing informed project budgets matching the science project work with the resource needs; advising on style, format, general content, writing justifications and management sections, have a keen attention to detail and proof reading to 'polish' the final submission and ensuring submission deadlines are met. The post will ensure that the Institutes are accepting research projects on a sustainable basis with appropriate contribution towards the fEC costs. Assess the risks to the Institutes in accepting certain contractual terms (liability indemnity, profile of payments, matching funds), where issues or conflicts arise suggesting ways to mitigate the risk to an acceptable level before proceeding. Ensuring ‘freedom to operate’.
65
Professional proactive post award project management of large and varied portfolio of awarded projects. Work with the scientists throughout the life cycle of the grant, being proactive addressing issues and managing best outcomes. Acting as a facilitator for sponsor interaction and advising on problems as they arise. Able to devise varied solutions to complex problems that require consideration of diverse, conflicting or specialist information. Provide advice and assist with the preparation and submission of reports to sponsors to provide the best account of science outputs and maximise income recovery. Ensuring report submission deadlines are met. Liaison with HR and Finance on contractual matters using best practice to facilitate efficient contractual management and best use of resources
30
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
5

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science discipline
Essential
PhD or other post graduate qualification
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to manage a diverse portfolio of grants and deliver to tight deadlines under pressure
Essential
Ability to assimilate information from a wide variety of sources
Essential
Able to work independently within a broad framework and with minimal supervision
Essential
Proficient with standard office PC applications
Essential
Highly numerate with experience of developing budgets for research contracts
Essential
Good prioritisation and multi tasking skills
Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Proven track record of developing successful grant applications with a variety of sponsors including research councils, EU and UK Government agencies.
Essential
Proven track record of grant administration in a Research Office at a Research Institute or a University.
Essential
Some experience of drafting and negotiating research contracts
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team and build good working relationships with colleagues
Essential
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Essential
Ability to learn quickly and handle complex ideas
Essential
Ability to produce clear concise document drafts
Essential
Clear logical approach to problem solving
Essential
Ability to take initiative and proactively promote ideas and concepts
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Occasional work requiring overnight stays and unsociable hours
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Valid UK driving licence
Desirable