UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the leading funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we operate across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than 8 billion and 7,500 employees. UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England; and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For more information, please visit www.ukri.org Our vision is to create an outstanding research and innovation system that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout the last year UKRI has played a central role in convening and catalysing efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting hundreds of projects to address the challenges and helping innovative businesses. Now is an exciting time to join our team. Overview Our HR function plays a pivotal role in achieving UKRI’s vision. Following a comprehensive review and in full consultation with all key stakeholders, we are implementing a new HR Target Operating Model to transform the way we work, with a focus on strengthening our strategic business partnering capability, modernizing HR operational services and building up our expertise in areas such as careers and talent management, EDI, and leadership development. We are seeking to recruit a Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion , who will lead, design and deliver strategic and evidence-based EDI advice, programmes and initiatives for UKRI and its Councils to develop a diverse and inclusive culture where all employees have the opportunity to thrive. The position In this role, you will develop a UKRI HR-related EDI enabling framework and plan. As the leading UKRI HR EDI expert, you will also provide policy advice and consultancy on EDI developments to a wide range of stakeholders. Skills, knowledge and experience required University degree in HR/Organisation Development or equivalent relevant professional experience CIPD membership and/or equivalent relevant professional experience/qualifications Experience of leading an EDI function within a complex, unionised organisation Knowledge of employment law and EDI practices and their role in business success Experience of creating and implementing EDI interventions that have a demonstrable organisational impact Experience and understanding of employee engagement and the development of staff networks Ability to build relationships and communicate at all levels Credible expert with the ability to influence Insight driven – at ease with data and analytics to demonstrate impact and return on investment Coaching and collaborative leadership style. Additional Information UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. How to apply Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria. The closing date for applications is 19th September 2021.
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