Industry Programme Manager

Royal Society
Closing date 25 October 2020
Location London and home-based
Position type Permanent
Role Operations
Education Bachelor's
Experience 3-5 years
Salary From GBP 32,824
Benefits See below

Job description

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

Business is the engine of the UK economy and industry undertakes nearly two thirds of UK Research and Development. High quality research and development fuel economic growth and the creation of skills, high-value jobs and entrepreneurial businesses in our knowledge-driven economy. This means that the flow of ideas and skills between the research base, business, public and charity sectors is crucial to future prosperity.

The Society has established a science, industry and translation programme to promote industrial science and translation. It aims to bring together industry, academia and government to advance ideas and support scientists in industry and those in academia who wish to develop their research into commercial products.  The programme covers a broad range of academic disciplines, industrial sectors and company sizes.

Activities include a regional conference series and a scientific meeting series, which brings together representatives from industry, academia and government to discuss major scientific and technical challenges and opportunities. The Society funds Industry fellowships and has recently launched an Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Examples of the Society’s industry and innovation work can be found on the Society’s website

The Society is looking for a Programme Manager to help take its science, industry and translation programme to the next stage. The Industry Programme Manager must have experience of working in, or with, industry research and development teams or in a university or technology organisation with a track record of translating research ideas into commercial products. The individual must have excellent networking skills and highly developed written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate across different stakeholder groups including industry, academia and government. They will also be highly organised with a demonstrable track record of delivering complex projects.

The role will involve supporting the team in the planning and delivery of the industry and innovation programme. This will include working with Fellows of the Society with industry connections, scientists working in industry, scientists with translation interests and partner organisations who share the same aims.  It will also involve working with colleagues in the Society to ensure that the industry voice is incorporated across the Society’s activities, including in the advice it provides to policy makers and its STEM education programmes.


  • Support the successful delivery of the industry and translation activities on time, to budget, and to the agreed scope
  • Deliver industry and translation focussed scientific conferences, events and regional meetings
  • Build relationships with scientists working in industry and at the interface of industry and academia across the UK
  • Ensure that industrial science is embedded into the core activities of the Society
  • Supervise work of other team members as required
  • Contribute to other activities as required

Key Knowledge & Skills


  • PhD or equivalent experience
  • Experience of industrial science and translation
  • Interest in a broad range of scientific issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication with a range of audiences
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Successfully managing and delivering complex projects
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts
  • Writing, editing and disseminating reports
  • Managing a budget
  • Able to be flexible about working hours, including working occasional evenings, and to travel within UK on occasion


  • Interest in innovation policy
  • Managing a budget
  • Events management
  • Supervision or management of staff




How to apply

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The Royal Society understands there are new challenges with recruiting staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly where a key part of the recruitment and selection process is the ability for both the candidate and employer to have the opportunity to meet in person.

As we become accustomed to new ways of working and living we have amended our recruitment processes to ensure they still meet the high standards of good recruitment practice, these processes now include a greater use of the digital and online platforms available to us. This has ensured all our virtual recruitment continues to be safe, efficient and effective and still allows for that face to face contact whilst observing social distance rules.

Please note our advertised roles will be undertaken remotely for the foreseeable future however will require office presence, when safe to do so, and are primarily office based.

Our recruitment and selection process has been adjusted to reflect practical requirements to uphold our commitment to equal opportunities and continue to attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.