Research Development and Change Manager

Job reference:
BAS 21/65
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment until 31 March 2022
£39,748 to £50,790 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
18 April, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Research Development and Change Manager to join our Research Development and Support (ReDS) team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting BAS’s strategic priority to grow, diversify and achieve a sustainable research income from grants, contracts and other sources of funding.

Who We Are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


Working closely with the Head of ReDS, the Director of Science and the Director of Innovation and Impact, the main aim is to support BAS’s strategic priority to grow, diversify and achieve a sustainable research income from grants, contracts and other sources of funding, with an emphasis of international and applied research funding, beyond our core science areas. Additionally, it also aims to support the implementation of relevant science-related work streams of the BAS Transformation Programme ‘Fit for the future’ (e.g. ‘Re-shape BAS science for new UKRI world’, ‘Integrate BAS business systems and capability’, and ‘Enhance financial efficiency’) and the Target Operating Model of the Phase 2 Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

BAS is looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with a degree level background, knowledge and experience in identifying, pursuing and securing international and applied research funding opportunities, as well as developing and implementing initiatives guided by Science Advisory Board. Furthermore, to support the ongoing BAS transformation, experience in change management within a research organisation would be welcome.

The post holder will engage with teams across BAS (both science and non-science) to deliver sciencesupport changes and improvements, to actively promote funding opportunities, to provide expert advice and guidance to staff in all matters relating to applied research and international funding sources, and to prioritise and target efforts to ensure quality proposals are submitted and won.


Degree Level Education in science or administration (or equivalent)


Working with the Head of ReDS and the Director of Science, implement the NERC Invest for the Future award ‘Refreshing BAS Science, Strategy and Capacity to Meet Future Challenges and Opportunities’, by supporting the development and implementation of new science incomegenerating activities to help BAS Science to adapt to the changing funding landscape. This includes, but not limited to, support for the new Science Advisory Group, coordination of sandpit events, and individual idea generation sessions, and provide advice on strategic funding plans to individuals and groups

Working closely with Pre-Award Senior Manager, identify and disseminate information about new funding sources and calls, to brief senior staff and teams across BAS, and promote these initiatives and opportunities, with an emphasis on international and applied research funding.

To provide forward intelligence of new funding opportunities and schemes by developing relationships with appropriate staff across BAS to identify and pro-actively target funding opportunities for specific research and operational groups, and to suggest potential project partners from complementary areas within BAS.

To develop and maintain effective working relationships with the main international and applied research funders that support research at BAS, namely UKRI, EU, European Space Agency, Office of Naval Research and international funders that focus on applied research beyond our core science areas. This is to understand their goals and their strategies (including opportunities for funding, partnership and collaboration), and to ensure a coordinated and informed approach to access funding.

To support science and other staff in the preparation of proposals, including but not limited to: development of ideas relevant to funding schemes; review track record and relevance of expertise to funding schemes; advice on finances and eligible costs; guidance on compliance with funders’ requirements; preparing standard text for inclusion in applications; and negotiation and management of links with collaborating partners. These activities will require working closely with Finance, senior scientists, funders, and other members of the ReDS team, as well as the Director of Science and Director of Innovation and Impact.

• To manage the hand-over from Pre- to Post-Award status of newly- awarded projects, including negotiations leading to grant and consortium agreements, contracts, etc.

• Working closely with the Head of ReDS, to lead and play an active role in implementing the transformation of the Pre-Award process, for both the Digital (RMS review and future solutions), and Financial (Maximising the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Project Financial Management) transformation work streams. Also, to provide relevant science support as required by the Director of Science and Head of ReDS as part of the Phase 2 of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.

• To develop and manage the BAS Mentoring for Fellowship Application Scheme, together with the Head of ReDS and Director of Science.

• As ReDS Innovation Champion, working closely with Director of Innovation and Impact, and Innovation Manager, to disseminate information and help develop research proposals in applied research. In addition, to support research collaborations with other UK Research Councils such as ARHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, etc.

• Support the Pre-Award Senior Manager to develop and implement the Funding Seminar and Workshop Series, tailored to staff funding requirements and skills.

• To line-manage a member of the Pre-Award team.

To undertake any other duties as requested by Director of BAS, Director of Science and Head of ReDS.

For any informal enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Please quote reference: BAS 21/65
Publication date: 17 March 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 18 April 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 4 May 2021

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English. - Essential
  • Ability to write reports and provide high impact advice - Desirable [3]
  • Ability to communicate at different levels - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Expertise in Microsoft Office, and web site management and applications. - Essential
  • Experience of database and project management tools, and Oracle financial systems. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Sound judgment and ability to work in dependently - Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with people at all levels - Essential
  • Ability to take a strategic view - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Demonstrate skills in effective negotiation and persuasion to deliver positive outcomes. - Essential
  • Line management experience. - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Competent and accurate skills with budgeting and tracking expenses for research grants - Essential
  • Experience of managing budgets - Desirable [2]


  • Degree Level Education in science or administration (or equivalent) - Essential
  • Master’s Degree - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to plan and decide priorities and to solve complex problems. - Essential
  • Effective time management to lead on several activities at once. - Essential
  • Demonstrate initiative and drive - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • High level of personal knowledge and expertise in identifying research funding opportunities. - Essential
  • Skills and experience in running science co-ordination offices. - Essential
  • Demonstrate a track record of pursuing research collaborations and securing grant funding. - Essential
  • Skills in project, budget and financial management, including UKRI-funded projects. - Essential
  • Scientific research experience. - Desirable [5]
  • Experience of working in a NERC Research Centre - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working in a research office environment. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience in negotiating complex contracts and commercial agreements. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience in JeS and other funder systems - Desirable [2]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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