View Vacancy -- HR Project Manager (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) - Operations Group - HR - LMB 1518

Open Date
24/03/2021, 12:00
Close Date
25/04/2021, 23:55
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is one of the birthplaces of modern molecular biology and has played an important role in the development of many new techniques, most notably protein crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, DNA sequencing and monoclonal antibodies.  The LMB has a clear goal of understanding biological processes at the molecular level, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to tackle specific problems in human health and disease.  We aim to tackle difficult, long-term problems, which often require investment over many years.

There are four scientific Divisions - Structural Studies, Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Cell Biology and Neurobiology.  However, scientific collaboration between the different Divisions is extensive.  Scientists are well supported by excellent scientific facilities and by the LMB Operations Group which maintains the core infrastructure and services of the institute.

The LMB provides an unsurpassed environment for both new and established researchers.  Scientists are drawn to the LMB from all over the world, thus creating a lively and international community for the exchange of ideas and technical innovation.
UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at www.ukri.org

MRC - 4
Cambridge
£32,005 to £40,769 per annum
Fixed Term
Administration & Management
Full or Part Time options
6 months
Overall purpose:

The Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people. The LMB recognises that the diversity of its staff and students makes an essential contribution to its continuing success.

The HR Project Manager (EDI) is key to this aim by helping to develop an EDI strategy with targeted objectives and action plans to promote, support and develop equality, diversity and inclusivity across the LMB’s people practices.

The HR Project Manager (EDI) will also be responsible for developing a governance and communication framework to foster engagement across the organisation, ensuring progress is regularly reviewed against the stated objectives and there is transparency in reporting to the wider organisation.

Main duties/ Key responsibilities:

Engage with stakeholders across LMB to review existing people practices through all stages of the employment/studentship lifecycle to identify EDI gaps and priorities.

Review LMB’s existing EDI data to provide an evidence base to inform the EDI strategy.

Provide advice, guidance, insight and expertise to colleagues and senior leadership to ensure LMB upholds and promotes EDI.

Lead in the development of an EDI strategy and roadmap that promotes, supports and develops equality, diversity and inclusivity across the LMB’s people practices.

Develop a governance and communication model for supporting and tracking progress against the EDI action plans and communicating results to the wider organisation.  
Develop and deliver a suite of innovative resources that help promote EDI and help develop an inclusive culture at the LMB.

Engage with other senior managers in LMB, MRC, UKRI and partner organisations to plan or align activities, share best practice, and collaborate on EDI projects.

Working relationships:

You will report to the Head of HR and will work closely with the HR team.  You will work with senior managers and key stakeholders across LMB and will liaise with colleagues across MRC and UKRI.

Additional information:

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


Education / qualifications / training required:

Essential: CIPD level 7 qualification or relevant equivalent experience.

Previous work experience required:

Essential:
•    Highly developed specialist knowledge and understanding of EDI.
•    Relevant experience of providing EDI advice and support in a complex organisation.
•    Experience of developing an EDI strategy and action plan for a complex organisation.
•    Demonstratable experience of designing and implementing EDI initiatives

Desirable: Experience of working in a scientific or research organisation.

Knowledge and experience:

Creativity and initiative

Essential:
•    Strong analytical and research skills with the ability to evaluate information, present clear and convincing findings, and provide recommendations and proposals.
•    Ability to think and plan strategically and to take the initiative.

Independent working

Essential:
•    Resilient, able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrable ability to multi-task and deliver to deadlines.
•    Able to work autonomously and take responsibility for making decisions to ensure work is prioritised and delivered.

Verbal and written communication skills

Essential:
•    Excellent verbal and presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex information clearly and persuasively to a wide range of audiences including senior managers.
•    Excellent writing and skills.
•    Strong interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships at all levels as well as inspire others with an open, honest and engaging approach.
•    Empathic and ability to deal sensitively with challenging situations.

Personal skills / behaviours / qualities:

Essential:
•    Proactive and driven, with a passion for delivering high quality work.
•    Manage projects, work to deadlines and prioritise own workload.
•    Able to develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
•    Ability to resolve challenges in a positive and constructive way.
•    Excellent organisational skills with the ability to be responsive and adaptable to changing circumstances.
•    Keeps up to date with the latest trends and technologies within the EDI field.

We will consider applications from those wishing to work flexibly; including part-time working, compressed hours and/ or a mixture of home and office-based working.
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.