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Assistant Director, Research and Innovation (maternity cover)

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic professional with experience of policy relating to higher education, research or innovation to join us as Assistant Director, Research and Innovation for up to 12 months to provide maternity cover. Applications for secondment are welcome.

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(M1 Grade) £56,409 to £66,531

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority. Our ambition is to make Scotland an outstanding place to learn, educate, research and innovate – now and for the future. So, naturally, we have a clear focus on recruiting the best people and developing them throughout their career.

We invest around £2 billion every year, and our funding enables colleges and universities to provide
life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

We’re not only looking for the best people to come and work for us, but also people who will connect with our guiding principles which include working in partnership, championing diversity and supporting sustainability for future generations.

To succeed in this role you will be experienced in policy development, stakeholder engagement and influencing in a complex political environment. You will have knowledge and experience of current research policy issues in both Scottish and UK contexts, ideally with experience of working in a research or research policy environment, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the current Scottish political and government operating environment and a good awareness of higher education issues in Scotland.

You will use your representation and negotiation skills to good effect to influence, negotiate and manage relationships at a strategic level; and you will be able to demonstrate your ability to analyse, understand and respond to complex issues with good judgement.

While this role is based in our Edinburgh office, our hybrid working policy means there is substantial opportunity to work from home most of the time. We also understand the value of flexible working and we will be happy to consider flexible working arrangements for this position.

SFC is a friendly welcoming team and believes it is at its best when its work is informed by different perspectives. We are therefore keen to receive applications from talented individuals from all walks of life. Applications from those with disabilities and from minority ethnic communities are encouraged.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20 September 2023.

How to apply

Please see the Candidate Pack [PDF] for full details on how to apply.

SFC Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

SFC attaches importance to equality and diversity and where possible work to create an environment that provides equality of opportunity for all individuals. Please complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form [DOC] (also available in PDF) and return it with your application. This information will help us to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity Policy.


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