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Programme Manager, Science

Royal Society of Chemistry
£40,828 - £45,363 FTE per annum plus benefits
Closing date
7 Nov 2021

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Salary Band
£40,000 - £49,999
Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified
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Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a Programme Manager, Science to join us on a permanent or temporary (to cover maternity leave) full-time (35-hour week) basis. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a not-for-profit organisation with a thriving international community of over 50,000 members, an internationally-renowned publisher of high-quality chemical science knowledge and the professional body for chemists in the UK, with a reputation as an influential champion for the chemical sciences. Our purpose is to help the chemical science community make the world a better place. 

With our new 2021-25 strategy, our Programme Manager, Science will play a crucial role in supporting our Science Divisions alongside the wider chemistry community to develop strong relationships, to facilitate links between our networks and to relevant external bodies, and to develop programmes and activities to further the interests of the chemical sciences in higher education and research. You will work with colleagues across the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as in partnership with our members and external stakeholders such as funding bodies and sister societies, with c. £50K budgetary responsibility.

 We are looking for:     

  • PhD in chemistry or related sciences or equivalent (or equivalent gained, for example, through working in science or science-related project management, publishing or community engagement).
  • Experience of working on complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and / or able to balance and prioritise across multiple projects, tasks and deadlines. 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders across career stages and from different sectors using a range of written and oral communication channels to engage and influence effectively.
  • Interest or awareness of chemistry’s role in advancing science and technology and of the factors currently influencing the research and innovation environment, as well as the needs and concerns of people in the research and innovation community.
  • Initiative and ability to develop new ideas and approaches and to work collaboratively in a matrix environment.
  • Experience of facilitation and / or organisation of networks, scientific meetings or workshops (desirable)

The Royal Society of Chemistry supports development and offers great benefits.

The contractual base for this role is our Cambridge office, however we are currently in a period of piloting hybrid working, and you may be able to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend the offices as needed for their role, and that permanent working arrangements away from the office may not be agreed in the future. The role will involve some travel within the UK (mainly to our London office).

If interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

Download the full job description here. 


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road
United Kingdom
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