Research Project Manager Policy, UK

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

The Alan Turing Institute is looking to appoint a Research Project Manager for public policy. The successful candidate will coordinate and support the work of the public policy programme. This will include administering a portfolio of high impact research projects, as well as overseeing, planning, organising and communicating the activities generated by those projects. The Research Project Manager will work with multi-disciplinary teams of academic researchers and policy makers that share an interest in using data science and AI to improve the lives of as many people as possible

Public Policy Programme

The public policy programme works alongside policy makers to explore how data-driven public service provision and policy innovation might solve long running ‘wicked’ policy problems and to develop the ethical foundations for the use of data science and artificial intelligence in policy-making.

Our aim is to contribute to the Institute’s mission – to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better – by developing research, tools, and techniques that have a positive impact on the lives of as many people as possible.

The Role 

The Research Project Manager will coordinate and oversee the public policy programme’s portfolio of high impact research projects. The post holder will work with academic researchers to coordinate each research project from concept to implementation; this will involve understanding the resource requirements for each project, drawing up detailed financial plans, coordinating grant applications, agreeing on clear milestones for each project, ensuring that the deliverables are completed on schedule, as well as providing regular updates to the Institute’s leadership on the progress of each project. The post holder will also coordinate the public policy programme’s interactions with policy makers; this will involve organising meetings and workshops that bring together academic researchers and policy makers, as well as keeping a detailed record of the public policy programme’s interactions with policy makers. The Research Project Manager will be instrumental in ensuring that the Turing’s public policy programme runs smoothly and delivers on its ambitious aim to improve policy-making and governance with data science and AI.

Duties and responsibilities

Research project management and delivery

  • Coordinate and oversee the delivery of the programme’s research projects. This will involve:
    • Working with the researchers to outline the resource requirements for each project, to support them in applying for funding (if needed), to agree on clear milestones for each project, and to ensure that the deliverables are completed on schedule.
    • Working with the Turing’s finance team to draw up detailed financial plans for each project and with the Institute’s legal counsel to put the right contracts in place.
    • Providing regular updates to the Institute’s leadership on the progress of each project.
    • Working alongside the communications team to disseminate the findings of each project.
  • Coordinate the programme’s events, training, and knowledge exchange initiatives. This will involve:
    • Working alongside researchers and the programme’s leadership to identify a suitable venue for each initiative, to shape the agenda, to create the guest list, to publicise the initiative, and to ensure that meeting minutes are taken and distributed.
  •  Maintain up-to-date records that enable effective monitoring, control and evaluation of the programme’s research initiatives.

Programme operations and resources management

  • Perform resources planning and financial analysis for the public policy programme. This will involve assisting in the preparation of the programme’s budget, anticipating future staffing and operational needs, identifying potential funding sources, as well as managing the programme’s office space and payment of expenses;
  • Coordinate the delivery of strong programme governance. This will involve developing, writing, and editing reports and presentations for the Institute’s senior leaders, Board of Trustees, and funders, which outline the programme’s progress and initiatives.
  • Working with the HR team, organise the recruitment of additional programme researchers or administrative staff. This will involve writing job advertisements, organising interview panels, and overseeing the onboarding process for new hires.
  • Provide day-to-day high-level support to the Director and Deputy Director of the public policy programme.

This job description is written at a specific time and is subject to change as the demands of the Institute and the role develop. The role requires flexibility and adaptability and the post holder needs to be aware that they may be asked to perform tasks and be given responsibilities not detailed in this job description.

Essential

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in a scientific or social science discipline that provides suitable theoretical and empirical foundations for the use of data science and AI in policy-making;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in project management or product development within:
    • a consultancy or tech company; or
    • a policy environment, such as an international organisation or government department; or
    • a research institution, such as a university, think tank, or learned society.

Skills

  • Strong project management and organisational skills: the ability to plan, execute, and keep on schedule numerous projects in an organised fashion.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills: the ability to balance competing priorities with minimal direction while maintaining a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills: the ability to pinpoint problem areas and to identify creative solutions.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills: the ability to communicate effectively and clearly with stakeholders in academia, the public sector, and industry.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to form and maintain relationships with a wide range of people at all levels.
  • Strong analytical skills: the ability to define, measure, and track key metrics for each project.

Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) in a scientific or social science discipline.
  • Experience in managing complex research projects involving internal and external partners.
  • Knowledge/understanding of the UK government and policy-making landscape.
  • An interest in digital technologies such as data science and AI, and in their applications in the policy space
  • Formal training in one or more project management processes (Scrum, Lean, Agile, Prince II, etc.) as well as familiarity with project management tools and software.
  • A drive to change the world for the better.

Terms and conditions

Starting salary is between £35,000 and £42,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience. This is a full time, permanent post to be held at the Institute’s site at the British Library, Euston Rd, London. Occasional travel nationally and internationally may be required to deliver the role. Occasional working evening and weekend hours may also be required. A competitive benefits package is also available, please ask if you would like further details.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Application procedure

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification to jobs@turing.ac.uk.

Closing date: 24 March 2019

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please contact them on 0203 862 3394 or email jobs@turing.ac.uk.

Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.

 

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