Senior Portfolio Manager

Organisational position

A Senior Portfolio Manager based in ESRC’s Health and Human Behaviour Team has arisen. We are looking to appoint a dynamic, driven individual to lead a portfolio and support the development of new ESRC investments, in particular relating to public health. We are seeking an experienced Senior Manager with an understanding of the research and innovation sector, and an enthusiasm for the vital role played by the social sciences in tackling health related challenges.


You will lead on a portfolio of public health related research. You will be a key member of the Health and Human Behaviour team identifying opportunities, commissioning activity, and enhancing impact of ESRC’s health research. You will have a particular focus on activities relevant to public health, and relevant key areas being developed within UKRI wide discussions on Health, Ageing and Wellbeing. Collaborative working across other ESRC teams, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) more broadly, and with other delivery partners will be an essential part of the role.


The key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead commissioning and management of a number of health related high quality research investments through collaborative partnerships across UKRI, other Government organisations/wider partners
  • Support the scoping of a number of new health investments across UKRI
  • Lead the ESRC’s input to commissioning and oversight of relevant activities led by other funders which ESRC has a stake in
  • Coordination and management of a portfolio of health related research activities to maximise impact and knowledge exchange across a portfolio of investments
  • Build and foster strong relationships across and beyond UKRI, including across the academic and policy community, government and overseas stakeholders to ensure that investments are robust, informed and impactful
  • Work with others to ensure investments are appropriately governed, monitored, evaluated and communicated
  • Flexibility to work on health related activities beyond portfolio when demand requires
  • Input to team management, including support for resource planning and line management when required
  • Some level of travel (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and guidance), as well as sometimes when required, work outside of standard office hours.

Essential skills 

  • Degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrable experience of and enthusiasm for the application of social science to the portfolio area
  • Significant experience in research, research management, research commissioning or related roles within the research and innovation sector
  • An ability to build and maintain relationships with range of stakeholders
  • Analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • An ability to think and act strategically
  • Knowledge of research and innovation sector including the role of UKRI
  • Leadership and engagement skills
  • Strong project management, planning and organisation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the skills and challenges associated with managing and developing staff
  • Financial/ budget management skills.


UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and provides a rewards and benefit package including a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to apply

To see more details and to apply please click the apply button. Applicants are required to provide a CV and Cover Letter providing evidence of how they meet each of the essential criteria.

The Closing date 3rd June 2021