Research Development Officer (ESRC)

Research Support Services

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 22nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.
  • REF: 98394
  • Closes: 29th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Main Duties

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight of the ESRC IAA including the design and organisation of various funding schemes, develop and strengthen partnerships, and identify new opportunities for collaboration to support researchers to deliver impact from their research.
  • Lead the project planning, communications, and events management for the IAA fund, working with relevant professional Services
  • Work with the Chair of the ESRC IAA Management Group, to promote the ESRC IAA funding schemes, identify new opportunities to extend impact and engagement, and support a thriving culture of research impact in the social sciences across the University.
  • Provide direct support for the development of impact and engagement applications to the ESRC IAA funding schemes; in the College of Social Sciences, the postholder will liaise with other staff to provide support.
  • Manage post-award processes related to ESRC IAA-funded projects to ensure timely and efficient start dates, and to ensure that the required reporting information is obtained prior to closing completed projects.
  • Review and audit progress on projects and budgets to ensure efficiency and delivery on key performance indicators and milestones.
  • Monitor the ESRC IAA core fund budget and expenditure, identifying issues as appropriate, and provide periodic financial reports and associated proposed actions to the ESRC IAA Management Group and the University Research Impact Committee.
  • Compile the ESRC IAA annual reports, including preparation of the reporting spreadsheet and other documents as required.
  • Provide executive support to the ESRC IAA Management Group, setting agendas, collating papers and minutes, and ensuring that follow up actions are taken.
  • Liaise with other ESRC IAAs in the Midlands region to ensure seamless communication around shared priorities, knowledge-sharing and coordinated cross-institutional delivery of training about impact and engagement.
  • Line management of the ESRC IAA Administrator and direction of IAA-related activity in collaboration with other staff, as appropriate.
  • Other ESRC IAA-related promotion, scoping, training and reporting duties, as required.

Person Specification

  • Education to at least undergraduate degree-level, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of project management in a complex organisation, preferably in HE.
  • Significant experience of developing research impact, developing research funding bids, and/or delivering post-award support with a client-focused approach.
  • Significant line management experience, including the ability to develop and maintain a positive team ethos.
  • An ability to work independently, and to manage time effectively, progress tasks concurrently, and work under pressure to meet deadlines in a proactive, problem-solving manner.
  • Experience of managing budgets and reporting processes, including reporting to funders.
  • An ability to foster to foster co-operation and collaborative internal and external partnership working in order to achieve common goals and support the University’s strategic aims.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage confidently and diplomatically with external stakeholders and a range of academic and Professional Services colleagues at all levels, including very senior leadership.
  • Working knowledge of social media applications and their use within an HE environment.
  • Excellent IT skills including email, Zoom/Teams and MS Office applications including word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Knowledge of research management and post-award processes, e.g. procurement, invoicing and requisitioning. (Desirable)

Informal enquires to Rooqia Malik, email:

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