Scheme Manager

Royal Society
Closing date 28 October 2020
Location London
Position type Permanent
Role Operations
Education Bachelor's
Experience 3-5 years
Salary GBP 32,824–0
Benefits See below

Job description

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK. Our aim 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’s Fellows have 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 ideas. You can find out more about our interesting past by reading about our history.

You can find out more about the Society’s Fellowship by visiting our Fellowship Directory.

What we do

Our motto is Nullius in verba (“take nobody’s word for it”) and academic rigour is at the heart of everything we do. We are always seeking diverse and enquiring minds who can join us on our mission and help us in shaping tomorrow’s society. Work with us and you will play a central role in promoting science and its benefits, recognising excellence in scientific thinking, providing policy advice, fostering international and global co-operation and engaging the general public.

Job Scope

The post holder will be responsible for effective operational delivery and management of a portfolio of the Society’s grant schemes, under the direction of the Senior Manager, International Grants.


  • To be responsible for a portfolio of fellowship and grant funding schemes from the administration of applications, through the peer review process, to making awards and subsequently to support award holders
  • To be actively involved in managing relationships with applicants, current award holders, alumni, and other relevant stakeholders
  • To assist with the organisation and management of, and to represent the Society, at events led by the Grants section
  • To monitor progress of individual grants and to help ensure that knowledge gained in the context of grant making is utilized to maximum effect internally and communicated widely and effectively externally
  • To be involved in the evaluation and review of grant schemes and by doing this to help ensure that the Society delivers schemes that are relevant for the science community and that have maximum impact
  • To act as the Committee Secretary for the scheme(s) under your management and therefore support the Chair in managing the Panel, reviewing panel membership on an annual basis, recruiting additional members or renewing membership tenures where appropriate
  • To assist the decision-making panels and panel chairs with accurate information on all applications and briefings on funding related developments
  • To manage the budget for the scheme(s) under your management by deciding in conjunction with the Senior Manager and/or Head of Grants as appropriate, how the budget(s) should be allocated, and being responsible for pacing/setting up grant payments for authorisation as appropriate
  • To be responsible for accurate record keeping, producing financial reports, and maintaining data to reflect previous and current trends in applications and awards
  • To support the ongoing implementation of the Royal Society’s electronic grant application and processing database
  • To support and be involved in the promotion of funding schemes to key audiences and to deal with enquiries about funding schemes and policies
  • To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the Senior Manager, Heads of Grants and Director of Grant Programmes.

Skills & Experience


  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
  • Science degree
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills

  • Good presentational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent numeracy skills

  • Experience of working in a team and across teams

  • Experience of using IT to collect, analyse and manipulate data accurately


  • Postgraduate science degree
  • A good understanding of procedures and best practice in research funding and or grant making
  • Good influencing and negotiation skills
  • Experience of funding research and or making grants
















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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.

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