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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

UKRI – AHRC, Swindon

As an Investment Manager you will manage a portfolio of activities within AHRC’s Skills Team. This will include working with other AHRC staff to support the development, and to lead the management, of activities and initiatives within the skills remit. In particular, the role will focus on the delivery, administration, and analysis of AHRC’s provision of doctoral training opportunities.

In addition, you will play an important role in supporting the development of the strategic direction of the skills portfolio and the implementation of programmes to deliver it, including the development of existing activities and delivery of new ones through horizon-scanning and portfolio analysis. You will also be expected to engage in the monitoring of awards, including Equality and Diversity monitoring.

You will help to build and maintain relationships with key partners and groups, in the academic community and other sectors. You will contribute to wider strategic development activities and support emerging priority areas, drawing on the experience and knowledge of the relevant research areas and external stakeholders.

Please note that this is an administrative management, rather than a research role.

In this role you will:

  • work with colleagues at all levels to help develop and manage a range of activities and strategic initiatives, helping to oversee their delivery and contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of their effectiveness 
  • answer queries from the research community and advise on the application of policy and make decisions on non-standard or complex cases. Liaising with colleagues across the AHRC, and UKRI more broadly, on decisions that may affect Council policy 
  • support the management of the staff resources and systems mechanisms required to successfully deliver activities across the organisation, including overseeing the day-to-day work of colleagues 
  • work closely with senior colleagues to improve existing activities and develop new activities and, if applicable, schemes and funding calls 
  • contribute to the on-going review and improvement of policies, procedures, and systems within AHRC and oversee the implementation of changes as appropriate 

You will need:

  • degree (or equivalent relevant experience) in an arts and humanities discipline.
  • experience in grant administration, higher education administration or a similar environment.
  • ability to work independently and manage own workload effectively, using initiative to successfully manage projects and programmes of work.
  • excellent written communication skills including the ability to draft and interpret complex guidance documents, reports, briefings, correspondence, or other documentation 
  • ability to supervise the work and support the development of Investment Officers.
  • ability to implement changes in policies and procedures in a realistic and pragmatic way, engaging the support of other staff in the process.
  • ability to manage and organise own workload effectively by prioritising tasks, delegating appropriately, and anticipating future workloads.
  • ability to write and understand complex written regulations and to interpret them clearly for other members of staff and external stakeholders.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please click apply. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.


The closing date for applications is 31st October 2021