£65,000 - £70,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

*Please find attached the JD & Advert in Welsh also*

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is seeking a Head of Wales to join the Senior Management Team and provide leadership for the IOP's activities in Wales. The Head will work with colleagues, IOP members and the IOP Wales Committee and use their knowledge of Welsh political and economic drivers to develop a business plan that meets the needs of the Welsh physics community and is in line with the IOP's new strategy. They will have responsibility for building influential relationships and partnerships with stakeholders from across and beyond the physics community and for maximising the impact of the IOP's work in Wales.

The role

This is a new role, reporting to the Director of Policy and Public Affairs and working closely with other members of the Executive Team.  The Head will build and manage a team that has responsibility for policy, education and community engagement in Wales and will work with other Heads of department around the UK and Ireland to ensure the whole organisation is run efficiently.

They will be responsible for ensuring that there is excellent engagement with our membership, for making sure that the Welsh business plan is consistent with the IOP’s strategy and for increasing the IOP’s visibility, reputation and impact across Wales.

The person

We are seeking candidates who are dependable, strategic thinkers with leadership experience and excellent people management skills.  They must also be dedicated to meeting the expectations and needs of members, colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

A demonstrable understanding of the social and economic importance of education, research and innovation and familiarity with the Government’s Industrial Strategy would be advantageous. We welcome candidates with backgrounds in science, politics, economics or industry/business.

This is an influential, leadership role, requiring the experience and confidence to work with a high degree of autonomy, but also the ability to work with colleagues across the organisation. The proven ability to achieve systemic change by influencing stakeholders will be key, with the ability to manage the ambiguity that comes from a changing environment essential. 

Experience will come from having led teams, contributing to senior organisational management, designing and delivering business plans, working closely with members and/or partners and advising senior stakeholders, internal and external. We are looking for someone who has first rate communication skills and who, ideally, is proficient in the Welsh language or willing to learn to speak and write Welsh.

Why work with us?

The Institute of Physics is one of the world’s largest professional bodies and learned societies for physics. It is the national body for the UK and Ireland and also has a seat at international bodies including the UN.  Our members come from across the physics community whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as apprentices or students.  We are a world-leading science publisher and are proud to be a trusted and valued voice for the physics community.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. We seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

We have an ambitious new strategy and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it.  There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our film to find out more about our work.

As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.

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Posted on: 10 August 2020
Closed date: 31 August 2020
Tags: Advice, Information, Senior Management

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