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Job description

We need adaptable, positive and forward-thinking people to help UK universities stay safe and secure when collaborating internationally.

The Government wants to cement the UK's position as a science superpower, and this means supporting researchers to work internationally. But the openness which drives our research sector also makes it a target. Hostile actors want to appropriate cutting-edge discoveries, and they see open collaboration as an opportunity.

We are looking for senior advisers to join the new Research Collaboration Advice Team (RCAT) which will give our research institutions a dedicated service for advice about this complex threat, supporting them to protect themselves and their work.

ResponsibilitiesWhile the research sector takes first responsibility for dealing with risk, researchers rely on the Government for robust advice and support. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is stepping up to meet this need, and we are appointing a team with diverse skills and experience. If you are interested in both the research landscape and our security policies, and would relish the challenge of persuading researchers that security matters, this job is for you!

A key aspect of the role is educating and encouraging researchers to adopt new practices and behaviours. You would therefore have opportunities to influence individuals and organisations to improve their practices, and build understanding between researchers and the Government in an area which is growing in importance.

You will thrive in this job will like meeting people and helping them to tackle problems. The research community (rightly) expects a lot of us, so be prepared for, occasionally, some challenging conversations.

As you will have a senior role in a small, regionally based sub-team, a proactive approach to building and maintaining working relationships will be key. You need to be comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy. And to knit this team together, we want people who enjoy supporting junior team members' development.

You will report to the Head of the RCAT, who is based in Salford, Greater Manchester, and line-manage a team member who will report into you. We expect you will travel frequently in your region and can expect to spend the majority of your time day-to-day visiting universities and meeting their staff and researchers. You are likely to need to make occasional trips to Manchester and London.

Please note: it is a condition of this job that role-holders will need to spend their time in BEIS's Edinburgh office (1-2 days a week) and at research institutions in Scotland (1-2 days a week).

If you want a greater sense of this area of work before applying, check out:
• Trusted Research (information published by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the National Cyber Security Centre); and

• Managing risks in internationalisation: security-related issues guidelines published by Universities UK)

Essential criteria

- Experience of collaborating with a range of partners and influencing to deliver results

- Experience of engaging with a wide customer base at multiple levels of seniority

- Working knowledge of the UK higher education and research sector

Desirable criteria

- A background in one or more of: fundamental or applied research, research commercialisation, research funding, research policy, legal assurance in a research context

- A background in a security-related field such as: cyber security, protective security, export controls, visas and immigration, due diligence, intellectual property protection

- Transferrable skills unrelated to the above list, which would offer something useful to the team that we may not have even considered!

- Experience of working in a geographically dispersed team

- A valid driving licence

- SC/DV clearance


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. If successful, you must also hold or be willing to hold security clearance to DV level. The offer will be conditional until clearance is held. More information about the vetting process can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/united-kingdom-security-vetting-applicant

Contract Details

This post is a Permanent position, however the role is available at the candidates preference as Fixed Term or Loan contract for a period of two years/24 months.

Only applicable if loan option chosen: Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

• A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working and compressed hours.

• Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

• A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

• An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

• Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting .

See our vetting charter .

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note - the CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Your personal statement (no more than 500 words) should answer the following:

Please tell us how your experience and skills make you a good candidate for the role of Senior Adviser in the RCAT.

Applications will be sifted on personal statement.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the personal statement.

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Expected Week of Sift * w/c 16 August

Expected Week of Interviews * w/c 23 August 2021

Interview Location - MS Teams

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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