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Research Grants and Contracts Team Leader

Research and Enterprise
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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Research and Enterprise

Research Grants and Contracts (RGC) form part of the Research and Enterprise Directorate. 

The Research and Enterprise Directorate is the University department responsible for central management of the University’s activities and strategy in research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities.  Its primary purpose is to mobilise the University’s research and knowledge base in pursuit of both excellence and financial sustainability, and to ensure that its research skills, knowledge and know-how benefit external users.  In an environment of contracting research funding and rapid change in funder expectations of HE institutions, the Directorate leads operational change management in order to ensure that York remains competitive and successful in research and knowledge transfer.


The Research Grants and Contracts (RGC) Team Leader provides leadership and management support to the team along with financial control for all research grants and contracts, from initial application through to closure of live awards. RGC is a large team and is organised into three smaller teams. These teams are department facing and deal with a variety of funders (Research Councils, European Commission and Charities for example).

RGC currently handles approximately 1000 applications per annum and 1000 live research projects from over 170 different funders. RGC staff work closely with colleagues in academic departments, in other support areas and liaise with funders and partner organisations on a regular basis.  Problem solving, interpreting complex rules and conveying them in easily understood language is a regular part of all RGC roles.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A Bachelor Degree or equivalent professional experience
  • A thorough working knowledge of research grants and contracts and an appreciation of the complexities in the managing them
  • Excellent persuasive and negotiation skills
  • Experience of working with a large and complex portfolio of work
  • Demonstrable management and leadership skills

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Emma Montgomery, Research Grants and Contracts Operations Manager (01904 324208) or email

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