View Vacancy -- Training and Compliance Administrator - MLC 2153

Open Date
15/05/2023, 16:00
Close Date
18/06/2023, 23:55
MRC Mary Lyon Centre
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The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) is located in an expanding science and innovation campus in Oxfordshire and is an internationally renowned centre at the forefront of genetics research.  As the hub of the new National Mouse Genetics Network, the specialist facilities and capabilities of the MLC support a number of research groups across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human diseases, such as cancer, developmental disorders and neurodegeneration. 

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career.  The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The MLC provides vital scientific support for the UK biomedical community and focuses on preclinical research using mouse models, which supports clinical research and therapy discovery.  

The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

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MRC - 6
Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
£20,484-£21,571 per annum, pro-rata for part time
Administration & Management
Part Time
24-30 hours per week (working times negotiable)

Overall Purpose:

This role will assist with the daily operations required in the Mary Lyon Centre Training and Compliance team, ensuring that all administrative requests are dealt with promptly and effectively. 

There are a variety of duties that make up this position, which will be based mostly in the central office, but with some time spent in the animal house. The Training and Compliance Team needs to be flexible, efficient and timely in supporting training requirements to the MLC staff within MRC Harwell.  

Main Duties/Key Responsibilities:

  • Proofread and format documents, e.g. standard operating procedures (SOPs) and risk assessments
  • Document management, including version control and collecting signatures
  • Assist with record keeping of SOP and training documents inside the animal house
  • Filing and general record keeping
  • Use of bespoke database systems for record keeping and licensing documents
  • Raise POs and process orders and invoices within budgetary guidelines
  • Assist with the logistics of organising training courses, meetings and events 

Working Relationships:

The role requires communication with staff, and visitors at all levels, working in close liaison with the Training and Compliance Team and the Head of Scientific Operations.

Equality & Diversity:

The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all.  Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities.  The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research through good equality and diversity leadership and management. 

Corporate/Local Responsibilities & Requirements:

The post-holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the MRC’s:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Equality and Diversity policy
  • Health and Safety policy
  • Data Protection and Security policy 

Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual appraisal.  Any changes should be made and agreed between the post-holder and their manager. 

The above lists are not exhaustive and the post-holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post.  All employees are required to act professionally, cooperatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.

Education/Qualifications/Training Required:


  • Educated to Level 2 standard or GCSEs at Grade C and above or relevant qualifications
  • Computer literate and proficient with Microsoft packages

Previous Work Experience Required:


  • Administrative experience
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and able to be multifunctional
  • Experience of working well within a team


  • Experience working within a science environment
  • Experience working with Oracle
  • Experience arranging events, training courses and/or meetings

Knowledge and Experience:


  • Accuracy 
  • Good customer service skills 
  • Microsoft Office skills


  • Experience with document-management systems

Personal skills/Behaviours/Qualities:


  • Excellent organisational skills, with an eye for detail and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Good time-management skills and the ability to juggle priorities
  • The ability to work within a small team and between teams within the MRC
  • Good literacy, numeracy and accuracy and attention to detail
  • The ability to understand the sensitive nature of the work and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Flexibility


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with individuals at all levels, from a range of different groups/backgrounds.
      The post-holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.
      The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

      Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

      Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

      UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

      We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.  The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

      This opportunity is closed to applications.