Location: London or Wakehurst, West Sussex
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) was founded in 1759, and from its beginnings as a Georgian royal garden it has become a global centre for plant and fungal science, tackling urgent environmental challenges. It has two main botanic garden sites: Kew Gardens in south-west London, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Wakehurst in West Sussex, which is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. We also have a permanent research office in Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Science has always been the heart of Kew’s purpose. With some 350 members of staff, Kew Science has an extensive research programme that spans the study of genes through to ecosystems – from the analysis of genomes to the discovery and identification of new species and the impact of climate change on the wild relatives of crops. Our collections, our people and our partnerships enable us to make an invaluable and highly relevant contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population, such as biodiversity loss and climate change. We do this through research, conservation, training and inspiring others about the importance of plant and fungal science.
We are now looking to appoint an outstanding individual as our new Deputy Director of Science (Operations). Reporting to the Director of Science and a key member of our senior science leadership team, you will be responsible for the strategic leadership, management and delivery of all science services, operations, finance and administration in the Science Directorate. You will focus on optimising the interactions across science that support the effective delivery of the Science Priorities and Initiatives, and will cultivate a positive, collaborative, and innovative centre of excellence, that will continuously strive to be inclusive and adaptable to changing scientific, social and economic contexts.
This is an exciting and challenging role and will suit those with a successful track record of strategic and operational leadership across a wide range of scientific activities, such as research, collections or scientific operations, within organisations of similar scale and complexity. Likewise, you will bring experience of effective financial management and resource planning as well as a track record of leading transformational change and ensuring robust project governance. You will also bring outstanding interpersonal skills with a proven ability to engage and inspire diverse teams and forge collaborative and productive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels, across the organisation and externally.
For further information about the role, please download Candidate pack and Supporting Documents below:
Closing date: 09:00 BST on Monday 9 August 2021