Executive Directors - National Laboratories
Executive Directors - National Laboratories
Executive Director – Large Scale Facilities and Head of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Executive Director – Science and Technologies
STFC Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations, with our National Laboratories providing world-class research facilities and capabilities operated as a national research resource.
We combine world-class research facilities including the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source and the Vulcan Petawatt Laser, with support for major high-profile science activities, such as the Diamond Light Source and the UK’s participation in international facilities such as CERN. We also operate important technology centres including the Hartree Centre, RAL Space and the National Satellite Test Facility, run by some of the world’s most talented staff, operating at the frontiers of advanced science and technology.
With sites including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Daresbury Laboratory at the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus in Cheshire, and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, STFC is positioned to deliver advance scientific understanding and generate a remarkable variety of real-world benefits which shape societies and transform lives.
STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
About The Roles
Due to the forthcoming retirement of the current Executive Director National Laboratories, we now have two excellent opportunities to provide visible leadership of STFC’s National Laboratories; Executive Director of Large Scale Facilities and Executive Director of Science and Technologies.
Both roles will hold corporate responsibility, as members of STFC’s Executive Board, for strategic planning and decision making, implementation of STFC’s Strategic Delivery Plan and monitoring, evaluation and improvement of corporate performance.
The Executive Director of Large Scale Facilities will have responsibility for the, delivery and further development of world-class, national multidisciplinary scientific facilities, including the ISIS Neutron and Muon Spallation Source, the Central Laser Facility, and RAL Space, as well as oversight of the Diamond Light Source; maintaining STFC’s global competiveness, and leading additional projects and ad-hoc activity as required. The role will also act as the Head of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
The Executive Director of Science and Technologies will have responsibility for the development and exploitation of five advanced technologies; accelerators, detectors and instrumentation, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These cannot be reliably procured on the open market and underpin STFC’s science programmes and facilities.
These responsibilities are currently split over four geographical sites and include the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory, Technology Department at Daresbury and RAL, underpinning Digital Infrastructure at all sites, the Hartree Centre at Daresbury, Particle Physics Department at RAL and Boulby, Scientific Computing Department at Daresbury and RAL and the UK-Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.
Further responsibilities for both roles:
- Take a visible leadership role as a key member of Executive Board
- Share corporate accountability for the delivery of STFC’s Vision and Strategic Delivery Plan, oversee development of future strategy, policy and plans to optimise delivery of STFC’s objectives, ensure effective corporate governance and meeting of our statutory obligations; and continuously improve STFC’s overall performance
- Act as a role model and champion for STFC’s organisational values, equality, diversity and inclusion principles
- Act as a senior ambassador for STFC at international, national and local levels
- Work in close collaboration with other Executive Directors to:
- Provide strategic support to drive our people performance.
- Strengthen strategic relationships including those with key universities and overseas facilities.
- Maximise the exploitation and impact of our science for industry.
- Reflect and enable the vision and objectives of UK Research and Innovation
- Undertake leadership or support and other ad-hoc activities as directed by the Executive Chair
- Be accountable for strategic direction and delivery within STFC’s National Laboratories and act as strategic lead for the organisation in this regard
- Provide leadership within STFC’s National Laboratories and high level management of staff. Inspire, empower and develop the Science and Technologies Directorate team, including direct line management of Departmental Directors
- Lead high impact projects for UKRI and STFC to maintain current capabilities and develop future opportunities as required
- Provide sound financial, safety and risk management of the Directorate. The resource allocation for the Executive Director of Large Scale Facilities currently involves some 900 staff, an £80m recurrent budget and a substantial asset base. For the Executive Director of Science and Technology: 700 staff, a £50m recurrent budget and a substantial asset base.
- Ensure that all objectives and outputs of the Directorate make a tangible contribution to STFC’s Strategic Delivery Plan. Exploit synergies across Departments where these generate opportunities or improve results
- Use the standing, reputation and involvement of the National Laboratories to enable and enhance influence over international scientific and investment decisions
- Strengthen strategic partnerships with key national and international organisations to achieve joint delivery of shared strategies and objectives
- Work closely with the fellow National Laboratories Executive Director to maximise the organisational effectiveness of the National laboratories and shared delivery of STFC objectives
- Deliver a coordinated and collaborative approach across Departments. instilled at all levels of management, operations and programmes
- Work closely with the Department Directors, and STFC Business Partners to ensure that STFC and UKRI have:
- the necessary financial controls and reporting (reflecting Managing Public Money)
- the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, developing their skills and maximising their productivity in alignment with STFC and UKRI strategy
- appropriate governance structures, assurance as to the integrity of activities, risks that are identified and mitigated, information that is accurate and secure
- a safe and healthy working environment for all staff, workers and visitors to all STFC sites and delivery of STFC’s environmental agenda
- First degree in science/technology/engineering-related subject
- Business-related qualifications and/or experience
- PhD in science/technology/engineering-related subject
- Significant experience in a senior leadership position in a scientific or similar organisation and the ability to gain the respect of STFC’s staff and communities
- Proven track record of positively influencing stakeholders and attracting external collaborators/investment
- Demonstrable experience of delivering significant projects/major change at pace
- An appreciation of governance and risk management principles
- Broad-based understanding of STFC’s domain to enable oversight of performance and effective communication internally and externally
- Experience of working at a senior level with diverse internal and external stakeholders
- Experience of successfully leading and developing high performing teams to deliver high-quality and resilient operations and to enhance service delivery
- Experience of building effective cross functional working relationships
- An appreciation, based on close management experience, of complex and strategic HR issues
- Demonstrable experience of financial planning and analysis
- Ability to travel regularly in the UK and overseas
- Experience in or an understanding of the research and innovation sector
- Knowledge or experience of working within the public sector
- Financial management experience
- Project management experience
- Proven excellent leadership skills with an ability to motivate, utilise and develop capability within a large and diverse team, ideally within an advanced technical/engineering/multidisciplinary environment
- Able to operate at strategic level with a record of translating organisational vision and strategy into operational requirements
- Excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence, build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; collaborative and consultative, an excellent communicator
- Enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable and proactive with the ability to work flexibly in a changing environment
- Results-focused with an excellent track record of continuous improvement and making challenging decisions effectively
- Strong numeracy and analytical skills
STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.
Applicants must include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.
To apply please email Matt Jones, STFC Recruitment Manager, at Matt.Jones@stfc.ac.uk. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1235 445942.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th September 2018 with interviews for the Large Scale Facilities role scheduled for Monday 29th October, and interviews for the Science and Technologies role scheduled for Friday 2 November