We're hiring: Deputy Director for the ADR UK Strategic Hub

Categories: ADR UK Strategic Hub

14 January 2021

  • Deputy Director - ADR UK Catalytic Function (Strategic Hub)
  • Fixed Term until March 2022
  • Swindon
  • £60,026

Team Purpose

Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) – funded by ESRC, part of UK Research and Innovation, (UKRI) – is an important investment in research infrastructure to maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for research. ADR UK aims to engage government and academic communities in innovative research to address major societal challenges by releasing the potential of the UK’s wealth of administrative data.

The ADR UK Strategic Hub team sits within ESRC to provide coordination and strategic leadership across this multi-partnered investment, and is led by a Director who reports to the ESRC Executive Chair and the ADR UK Programme Delivery Board.

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for leading on catalytic activities within the Strategic Hub team, including: engaging Whitehall departments on the ADR UK programme; working with the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Cabinet Office (CO), the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and others to unblock barriers to data sharing and linkage across government. In addition, you will have strategic oversight of the ADR UK research commissioning strategy, which includes engagement with academic groups across the UK, the management of invitation only awards, open research calls, setting up of ADR UK PhD studentships and training in the use of new, linked administrative datasets.

Main Outputs & Activities

  • Be a champion for delivery of the ADR UK vision across the UK; in particular, with Whitehall departments, the UK Statistics Authority and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to ensure there is broad engagement from data owning departments with the programme to support delivery
  • Support the development and delivery of a joined up research strategy for ADR UK, which leads to a demonstrable positive impact across the UK for stakeholders, citizens and communities
  • Build a strong network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across the Civil Service and academic research communities, to help support the delivery of the ADR UK research strategy
  • Proactively work with the UKSA, CO, DCMS and ADR UK partners to remove any remaining barriers to data sharing and linkage, by creating a supportive culture and ensuring systems and procedures are understood around the secure and careful handling of government administrative data
  • In collaboration with the Strategic Hub team and the wider partnership, support the implementation of programme assurance activities such as Gateway Reviews, audits and mid-term evaluations
  • In collaboration with Strategic Hub team members and ADR UK partners, develop and present papers to ADR UK governance boards and related external meetings, workshops and events
  • Contribute to the ADR UK culture of innovation, flexibility and responsiveness, to ensure the Strategic Hub team and wider partnership can respond swiftly to changing priorities
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues in the Strategic Hub team, across the full range of grades and seniority, working inclusively so all team members can thrive.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the ADR UK programme aims and vision (see ADR UK website), its importance in the wider research landscape and its relevance to the National Data Strategy
  • Evidence of having a network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across the Civil Service, which you have used to support the delivery of projects, programmes or strategies
  • Experience of developing a strategy, which has led to a demonstrable positive impact for stakeholders
  • Evidence of understanding the systems and procedures that are in place to ensure government administrative data can be accessed to support research for the public good, whilst also being held securely
  • Experience at presenting at senior boards and/or external meetings, workshops and events
  • Evidence of strong negotiating and influencing skills, being comfortable working with uncertainty and building team capability and resilience
  • Evidence of building and maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues across the full range of grades and seniority, and of team members thriving under your leadership.


  • Understanding of the Digital Economy Act as a legal gateway for accessing government administrative data for research
  • Evidence of having a network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across academic research communities
  • Experience of programme assurance activities such as Gateway Reviews, audits and mid-term evaluations.

About ESRC 

The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest funder of economic, social, behavioural and human data science. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policy-makers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective.

How to Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for ESRC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

Applications can be made via the UKRI Careers Portal.

About UKRI 

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

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Disability Confident Employer 

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. You can find more information about the scheme on the Disability Confident website.

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • External Closing Date: Jan 31, 2021
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 60,026
  • Hours: Full-time

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