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View Vacancy - Senior Science and Innovation Adviser, Head of Mumbai - C4

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Governor's Office
Science and Innovation

Main purpose of job:

To promote and deliver science and innovation collaboration between the UK and India. To engage with relevant UK and Indian stakeholders in government, academia and business to promote new engagement and identify future potential opportunities.

To lead the work of the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) in Mumbai. To communicate the impact of that team’s work to senior stakeholders in Mumbai, across India and in London and to influence colleagues to maintain their commitment to our work.

Roles and responsibilities 

You will play a key role in the UK’s India Science and Innovation Network, which has teams based in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. You must be scientifically literate with the credibility to influence both Indian and UK partners.

Reporting: To lead the work of SIN India on one or more thematic areas (likely to include energy research focusing specifically on electric vehicles and battery storage technologies). You will be expected to develop a deep knowledge of these sectors – who are the best researchers, where are they based, what are their plans and what research are Indian funding parties (including business and philanthropy) are interested in taking forward. An ability to assimilate all this information into concise reports and deliver oral briefings that meet the needs of a UK audience will be key.

Collaboration: You will develop collaborations at the level of both individual companies / institutions as well as research funders. You will be responsible for making introductions between UK and Indian partners, facilitating conversations and events, and connecting researchers with other sources of support, all in order to deliver high quality research and innovation collaborations.

Influence: You will be expected to influence both UK and Indian policy makers and opinion formers in order to ensure the work of the SIN delivers tangible change. You will share examples of best practice, scientific evidence and policy experience to help further UK goals. 

Communication: You will champion your team’s work and share evidence in written and oral communications with colleagues around India, in London and the rest of the world. You may be required to write blog pieces, speak at public events and brief senior officials and Ministers.

Management: You will manage one member of staff.

Learning and development opportunities 

The India SIN is part of a regional network including Africa and the Gulf and the network comes together to share best practice and experience.  With the job will come opportunities to travel across India, to the UK and potentially 3rd countries.

You will have opportunities to meet with leading scientific institutions and funding organisations as well as to understand how UK government operates and makes decisions.

In addition there will be a range of regional learning and development opportunities.

  • Senior S&I Advisers will typically be qualified to Masters level and have experience of working in either a research or technology focused corporate environment.
  • Applicants will be expected to be able to demonstrate a wide understanding of the Indian science and innovation system and demonstrate credibility in that community.
  • Experience of working in an international organisation.
  • Experience of working with academia, business and government organisations.
  • Knowledge of the UK’s science and innovation strengths and an ability to demonstrate practical experience of programme management will all be advantageous.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
25 February 2018
C4 (L)
40 Hours
South Asia & Afghanistan
British Deputy High Commission
9 April 2018

British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

For other than British High Commission candidates, Salary will be Rs. 86,993 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Superannuation Fund.

Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with Rs 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family. 

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance.

Around half of our work force is women. We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

To Apply:

  • Complete the Online Job Application Form.
  • Attach a detailed CV.

Internal Candidates please Note:

  • While applying for this position, upload the appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable) else the application will not be considered.

Please Note :

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with.
  • The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

This opportunity is closed to applications.