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Programme Manager – NERC

Salary: £34,905 per annum 
Hours: Full time (Part time considered) 
Contract Type: Open Ended 
Location: Polaris House, Swindon, Wiltshire 
Closing date: 11/02/24

Visa sponsorship Available 

Multiple roles available within the Research and Skills Directorate 

About us 

NERC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI brings together nine organisations to create one single, independent entity with a strong voice, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

NERC is the UK’s leading funder of environmental science. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends – from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space. The science we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a safe, healthy, productive nation. Many programmes involve collaborations with national and international partners to tackle large-scale environmental science challenges, including those faced by developing countries.

As well as research, innovation and training are supported from the NERC core budget. There are exciting emerging opportunities from cross-UKRI funds to develop interdisciplinary programmes enabling environmental researchers to lead and collaborate in major projects. This advances knowledge and has significant potential for delivering economic impact. For more information about NERC, see:

About you 

As a NERC Programme Manager (PM) you will engage with the academic community, business and policy makers to invest in and maintain the UK’s position at the forefront of environmental research and innovation both nationally and internationally. You will be involved in developing and delivering NERC and UKRI investments lined with the objectives in NERC’s Delivery plan ( You will be working with the NERC community and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors and helping to maintain strong partnerships.

You will have an aptitude for programme delivery and management across a range of aspects including research funding (via strategic investments, international initiatives and studentships and fellowships), competition management and post-award monitoring and engagement. You will have strong organisational, team-working and time-management skills, and excellent attention to detail. You will be self-motivated, quick to learn and flexible enough to manage a diverse and constantly evolving portfolio of activities, working to deadlines.

It is important that you have a demonstrable ability to resolve issues and work independently, whilst being part of a team. You will bring good influencing and communication skills with an ability to build effective working relationships with representatives within and external to NERC, across all levels of seniority.

Closing date: 11/02/2024
Location: Polaris House, Swindon, Wiltshire 
Salary: £34,905
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