Director of Corporate Services
- Job reference:
- BAS 85/18
- Contract type:
- Full Time
- Open-Ended Appointment
- Salary around £70k per annum
- British Antarctic Survey
- Cambridge but will require periodic travel to the Antarctic and occasionally elsewhere.
- Closing date:
- 28 October, 2018 11:59 pm
The Director of Corporate Services is one of four directors who report to the Director of British Antarctic Survey, Professor Dame Jane Francis. This senior leadership role contributes significantly to the realisation of BAS ambitions, vision and mission.
A major Government investment to modernise UK Antarctic infrastructure, involves the commission of a new polar research ship and new or upgraded Antarctic facilities. This modernisation programme will transform how British Antarctic Survey enables and supports frontier science. As part of this transformation, BAS will implement a number of change-management initiatives. The Director of Corporate Services will have an important role to play in ensuring that business transformation is smooth and efficient.
This post is based at the BAS headquarters in Cambridge but will require periodic travel to the Antarctic and occasionally elsewhere.
This will be a post graded at UKRI Band G level and filled on an open-ended basis.
We offer generous benefits, including emergency backup care, health screening, a rent deposit and travel loan scheme.
To provide visionary and effective leadership to the Corporate Services teams and Influence, during a period of change, the scope and scale of Corporate Services functions.
The post holder will be a key member of the BAS Executive Team and will be expected to provide strategic leadership and management across the Corporate Services functional areas while working collectively in supporting the delivery of the BAS mission with other Directors.
• You will have a proven track record of leading complex Corporate Services functions and have sufficient credibility to operate effectively at a senior leadership level within BAS, NERC and UKRI.
• You will be a convincing representative of the Director of BAS at senior level external meetings, particularly those of a non-scientific nature.
• You will be qualified to degree level in a Business discipline, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience. Qualifications in financial management and/or project management are desirable, as is professional membership of a relevant business institution.
• Experience of working in a leadership role in the public sector, an academic or a research organisation would be beneficial.
• Strategic leadership and management across BAS Corporate Services functional areas, ensuring the provision of high quality support;
• To lead and manage multiple expert teams, combining best practice with an understanding of the value of employee engagement;
• Representing NERC and BAS in appropriate international and national forums. The post holder will play an important role in representing BAS/NERC at those forums which are not primarily scientific in nature and/or which do not require the presence of the BAS Director;
• Ensuring that Corporate Services staff are effectively managed and deliver maximum effectiveness and efficiency;
• Development of a clear financial and commercial strategy with an emphasis on achieving the best outcomes from available funding, for seeking enhanced collaboration, and for sound budgetary management.
Further information is available here: Additional Information Pack.
These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.
Please quote reference: BAS 85/18
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th October 2018
Interviews will be in two stages and held in Cambridge on: 7th November and 15th November 2018.
BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for the job.
No recruitment agencies please.
Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)
- Ability to motivate self and the wider team and to prioritise and act decisively - Essential
- Proactive not reactive - Essential
- Able to engage with a wide range of audiences - Essential
- Strong analytical, information and problem solving skills - Essential
- Communicates orally in a clear, fluent, concise and appropriate way, which holds people’s attention both in groups and in one-to-one situations - Essential
- Makes firm and well-considered decisions about ideas and courses of action within delegated limits - Essential
- Displays assertiveness and independence of thought and action without overstepping agreed boundaries - Essential
- Excellent facilitation and negotiation skills and experience of consensus building - Essential
- High standards of integrity, honesty and professionalism - Essential
- Able to produce written reports and documents that are strategic, compelling, well-thought through and convincing - Essential
- Works highly effectively as part of a team - Essential
- Capable of showing leadership across all areas of BAS activity, even those not within direct control - Essential
- Total commitment to good health and safety practices - Essential
- Resolves conflict - Essential
- Able to deputise for the BAS Director as required - Essential
- Able to provide leadership to staff at all levels, including professionals/specialists - Essential
- Open-minded, receptive to new ideas - Essential
- Someone who involves and encourages others - Essential
- A champion for effective change management - Essential
- Will develop the next generation of staff, recognizing the need for continuity of experience in critical operational areas - Essential
- Promotes the need to get best value from the available budget - Essential
- Able to lead corporate governance, propriety and provide quality assurance for prudent budgetary management - Essential
- You will be expected to build positive and effective working relationships with staff and stakeholders across BAS including: leadership and senior management teams, science and operational teams, corporate partner and programme leads - Essential
- Have and be able to develop strong business networks throughout our diverse range of stakeholder communities - Essential
- Will develop strong and mutually beneficial relationships with both NERC and UKRI - Essential
- Understand clearly the importance of effective stakeholder engagement and will promote this - Essential
- Experience of working in a leadership role in the public sector, an academic or a research organisation would be beneficial - Desirable 
- You will have a proven track record of leading complex Corporate Services functions and sufficient credibility to operate effectively at a senior leadership level within BAS, NERC and UKRI - Essential
- You will be a convincing representative of the Director of BAS at senior level external meetings, particularly those of a non-scientific nature - Essential
- You will be qualified to degree level in a Business discipline, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience - Essential
- Qualifications in financial management and/or project management are desirable, as is professional membership of a relevant business institution - Desirable 
- Able to develop a convincing strategic vision for Corporate Services activities that reflects the needs of all stakeholders and is clearly aligned to NERC objectives - Essential
- Has a commitment to effective operational support for the benefit of science - Essential
- Understands and can promote effective stakeholder engagement - Essential
- Able to think and contribute strategically in a wider context as part of the BAS leadership team - Essential
You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.
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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.
Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.
When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.
- Send your completed application forms to:
- Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
If you need more information
- Email: [email protected]
- Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
- Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616
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