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Head of Business Engagement

UK Research and Innovation
Swindon, Wiltshire
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Private Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function

Head of Business Engagement


Full Time/Part Time (Minimum 0.8 FTE)


Swindon, Hybrid working available (on average 1 to 2 days a week in the office)

Closing date: Tuesday 28th May 2024


Join UKRI and make a real impact by leading our Business Engagement function and driving successful project delivery and continuous improvement.

Job Overview

As the leader of our Project Delivery & Improvement team, you will be responsible for ensuring that projects are set up for success by providing short-term coaching and mentoring, rapid response deployment on priority projects, and support for key activities such as audits and assurance.

You'll also play a crucial role in building a network of strategic contacts across the organization to identify future opportunities. Additionally, you will manage the allocation of our delivery resources to projects and programs, ensuring alignment with our resourcing principles.


  • Management of the resourcing function for PD&I, including undertaking prioritisation of new and existing resource requests
  • Contribute towards organisational strategic prioritisation, helping shape emerging opportunities and plans for a pipeline of activities.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement and learning from experience, using this to determine best practice and build capability across UKRI.
  • Leadership of the Business Case Hub within UKRI, working collaboratively with subject matter experts and stakeholders to ensure business cases are aligned with best practice.

To view the full job description please click apply and visit our careers page.

About you

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Prince2, MSP, APM or another relevant Project Management Methodology qualification
  • Demonstrative experience of undertaking prioritisation of projects or resources
  • Knowledge and experience of business case development and assurance, including ensuring business cases are aligned to HM Treasury best practice.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management tools and methodologies, and experience of their application in delivering programmes/projects


We recognise and value our employees as individuals and aim to provide a favourable pay and rewards package! We are committed to supporting employees’ development and promote a culture of continuous learning!

A list of benefits below.

  • An outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • 30 days’ annual leave in addition to 10.5 public and privilege days (full time equivalent)
  • Employee discounts and offers on retail and leisure activities.
  • Employee assistance programme, providing confidential help and advice.
  • Flexible working options

Please click here for more details on the Benefits of working for UKRI – UKRI

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide an up-to-date CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role. Further information on how to apply is listed on our careers page.

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