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Research Centre Manager

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) is looking for an outstanding Research Centre Manager to oversee its day to day operations and ensure robust and timely implementation of its business processes (including its financial management). This is a senior role: the successful candidate will work closely with the Centre Director and other members of the PEC's senior management team to ensure that the PEC delivers against its ambitious targets.

The role

  • To work with the Director and PEC team to manage and monitor key PEC business processes and shared team resources (e.g. trello; financial, legal, human resource management).
  • To work with the PEC's Partnerships Manager to ensure the PEC's Centre Director and Management Board have the management information they need, in particular on delivery against scheduled outputs.
  • To ensure the successful integration of PEC processes with Nesta-wide processes and systems (e.g. Salesforce).
  • To work with the Director to manage budget, and liaise with Nesta finance to ensure that budgeting and forecasting information is provided when needed.
  • Oversee the collation and reporting of key KPI and impact evaluation data to our key stakeholders.
  • To co-ordinate and oversee key governance processes, including the servicing of Management and Advisory Board meetings.
  • To support the Director and Partnership Manager in the stewardship and servicing of key external relationships.
  • To line manage the PEC's Finance and Administration Manager.
  • To work with colleagues in PEC team, Partnerships department and across Nesta to represent Nesta's offer to external audience and build strong partnerships that will deliver Nesta's strategy

The person

Essential

  • Strong focus on delivery and eye for detail, and ability to manage multiple processes simultaneously to deadline.
  • Experience managing a programme or portfolio of interconnected projects with subcontracted partners and consultancy services.
  • Highly organised with proven track record of project and programme management.
  • Excellent people skills and the relevant experience of working with stakeholders at all levels internally and externally in a research or policy environment.
  • Ability to think strategically as well as attention to detail that ensures high quality of work.
  • Experience setting and keeping to a large budget, and familiarity with a range of financial tools such as PowerBI and Adaptive Insights.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Qualifications or demonstrated experience in using project management frameworks.
  • Interest in, and ability to build personal knowledge and expertise about the PEC at Nesta.

Desirable

  • An interest or experience in the cultural and creative industries, and policy influencing.
  • Experience in providing management support and strategic guidance in a complex, fast-moving environment.
  • Experience in managing operations in a new or young team or start up

What we offer

Salary: circa £61k plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more

Location: This role is based in Blackfriars, Central London, but we offer flexibility for our people to work remotely

Term: Fixed Term Contract until May 2023

Hours: This is a full-time role but we offer a range of flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to take advantage of them. Many do.

Reports to: Director of PEC

Making an application

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 28th of May 2021.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.


About the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

Nesta is leading a large consortium of university and industry partners to deliver a major research centre on the Creative Industries for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Our consortium connects leading thinkers, across multiple academic disciplines, with expertise that spans the breadth of challenges facing the UK’s creative industries, and leverages long-standing relationships with government and industry. The Centre has the ambitious objective to use academic research in a timely and agile way to address the biggest policy challenges facing the UK’s creative industries.

About Nesta

We are Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale solutions to society’s biggest problems. Our three missions are to give every child a fair start, help people live healthy lives, and create a sustainable future where the economy works for both people and the planet.

For over 20 years, we have worked to support, encourage and inspire innovation. We work in three roles: as an innovation partner working with frontline organisations to design and test new solutions, as a venture builder supporting new and early stage businesses, and as a system shaper creating the conditions for innovation.

Harnessing the rigour of science and the creativity of design, we work relentlessly to change millions of lives for the better. Find out more at nesta.org.uk

Find out more

Closing date - 28 May 2021

Location - Blackfriars, London - we offer flexibility to work remotely

Salary - Circa £61k, plus excellent benefits

Communications Manager

We are recruiting for a Communications Manager!

This role-holder will have overall responsibility for developing and delivering the communications strategy for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) that uses all channels across the communications mix, with a particular focus on media and digital engagement.

The post holder will also act as brand guardian and guide the development of a consistent and coherent messaging approach across all of the PEC’s external communications. This is particularly important as the PEC matures and develops a position for its long-term sustainability, and we are ideally looking for someone who has experience in strategic communications.

The role will involve working collaboratively with the rest of the PEC’s core team based at Nesta, and will be based within the PEC’s five-person Policy Unit, managed by the Head of the Policy Unit and working very closely with her. The post holder will manage a Policy Communications Officer.

The role

  • Acting as an Editor for all content across the PEC’s website and twitter, maintaining meticulous attention to detail and copywriting, a consistent brand voice, and a considered approach to ensure the PEC’s channels are accessible and inclusive;
  • Leading the PEC’s digital communications activities, including our website, curation and production of digital content and the social media presence of the Centre in order to meet the PEC’s quantitative communications targets;
  • Acting as a brand guardian when working with the PEC consortium’s researchers and the PEC’s numerous research and industry partners. As well as in the PEC’s own channels and materials, also ensure that the PEC’s branding is correct and consistent across the partner materials and channels;
  • Working closely with the PEC consortium to agree communications approaches, and then to ensure lessons, stories, outputs and outcomes from the Centre are captured and shared in the most appropriate and impactful ways;
  • Maintaining relationships with the communications teams of our funders and other core partners to ensure alignment;
  • Line management of the Policy Communications Officer to support and the delivery of their work.

The person

  • Experience executing a communications strategy for policy and research work, including brand-level work;
  • Experience managing a press function, with strong expertise in media relations and securing high impact media coverage;
  • Experience of digital communications with previous responsibility for managing a website, social media channels, and a newsletter;
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, impact-focused environment and flexibly respond to changing and competing priorities;
  • Experience working on projects with a wide range of stakeholders and partners;
  • An adept and confident networker with strong influencing skills;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Experience of managing third party creative agencies to produce marketing materials;
  • Excellent editing and writing skills;
  • Experience of managing websites and social media presences, of creating compelling digital content and delivering small scale website development projects;
  • Experience of working in/familiarity with the creative industries is desirable.

What we offer

Salary: £38k - £54k pa plus array of benefits, including health cash plans, dental insurance, the ability to buy and sell annual leave, eyecare vouchers and more

Location: This role is based in 58 VE but we offer flexibility for our people to work remotely

Term: Fixed-Term Contract until May 2023

Hours: This is a full-time role but we offer a range of flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to take advantage of them. Many do.

Reports to: Head of Policy Unit

Making an application

To apply for this role, please submit your application before 8:00am on the 1st of June 2021.

Interviews will take place w/c 7th of June 2021.


About the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

Nesta is leading a large consortium of university and industry partners to deliver a major research centre on the Creative Industries for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Our consortium connects leading thinkers, across multiple academic disciplines, with expertise that spans the breadth of challenges facing the UK’s creative industries, and leverages long-standing relationships with government and industry. The Centre has the ambitious objective to use academic research in a timely and agile way to address the biggest policy challenges facing the UK’s creative industries. https://pec.ac.uk/

About Nesta

We are Nesta, the UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale solutions to society’s biggest problems. Our three missions are to give every child a fair start, help people live healthy lives, and create a sustainable future where the economy works for both people and the planet.

For over 20 years, we have worked to support, encourage and inspire innovation. We work in three roles: as an innovation partner working with frontline organisations to design and test new solutions, as a venture builder supporting new and early stage businesses, and as a system shaper creating the conditions for innovation.

Harnessing the rigour of science and the creativity of design, we work relentlessly to change millions of lives for the better. Find out more at nesta.org.uk

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

Find out more

Closing date - 01 Jun 2021

Location - Blackfriars, London - we offer flexibility to work remotely

Salary - £38k - £54k, plus excellent benefits