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Programme Manager, Inclusion & Diversity

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire or London (GB)
£47,472 - £52,746 plus benefits
Closing date
7 Apr 2024

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Not For Profit
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you interested in contributing to the chemical sciences community's efforts to improve the world for everyone?

We are looking for a Programme Manager, Inclusion and Diversity to join the Global Inclusion team on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2026.

You will be an in-house expert on key issues for the chemical sciences, familiar with relevant data, reports and strategic policy areas. You will develop and support the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)’s diversity policies, procedures and activities to ensure that we deliver our strategy and will work closely with RSC members and other stakeholders who have expertise in this field.

You will lead on new and ongoing projects and work with other teams throughout the organisation, including membership, policy and evidence, outreach and industry to ensure that diversity is embedded in all our work. You will work with the Inclusion and Diversity team and with the Global Inclusion team to deliver the highest impact to our community.

The role will involve responsibility to oversee agreed budget for specific projects.

At the RSC we embrace flexibility and offer hybrid working, which means our teams come together when they need to collaborate. Although this role is contractually based at our Cambridge or London office, you will be able to work from home within the UK, with the expectation that you will attend the office as needed for your role.

In this role it is expected that you will attend the office one day per week, with the addition that you may need to attend more regularly for in-person events and meetings. This role will involve UK travel. If you need flexible working arrangements, please outline this in your application.
What we are looking for:

  • PhD or degree in science or science-related area and an interest in chemistry (or equivalent gained, for example, through working in science or science-related management, publishing or community engagement).
  • Passion for and commitment to increase I&D in the chemical sciences and initiative to develop new ideas and approaches.
  • Knowledge of the factors currently influencing the I&D environment, as well as the needs and concerns of underrepresented people in the chemical sciences.
  • Experience in working in a team within a scientific organisation, industry, university or in a government setting to develop and deliver successful programmes and projects.
  • Ability to communicate and influence effectively with a variety of stakeholders and audiences, using a range of written and oral communication channels and in a range of sectors.
  • Experience of working on complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, able to balance and prioritise across multiple projects, tasks and deadlines and organise meetings and events.

A full job description is available here.

If you are interested in this role, please apply before the end of the closing date. When applying, you will need to provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills/ expertise match the competencies outlined in the Job Description. 

First stage interviews are scheduled from the 18th to the 22nd of April and will be held remotely.

Second stage interviews will be held in-person from either our Cambridge or  our London office on the 30th of April.


About the RSC

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation with a thriving international community of around 55,000 members in over 100 countries, 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 sciences community make the world a better place’. We believe that people thrive in institutions and organisations where they feel they belong, and diversity of thought, perspective and experience are essential for individuals and organisations to be successful. Through our long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity, we have developed multiple interventions, demonstrating a thought-leadership position to drive change in the culture of chemistry. Our Inclusion and Diversity strategy pushes us harder and further than ever before. We aim to increase the diversity of people choosing the chemical sciences and fulfilling their potential for a truly inclusive community.

Visit our Work For Us website to learn more about us, our benefits, equal opportunities statement and inclusive culture pledge.

At the RSC, we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates.

As a part of the Disability Confident Scheme, we endeavour, where possible, to offer an interview to candidates meeting the essential criteria of the role, who has a substantial physical/mental impairment which impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to all and as part of this, we are flexible in the ways we give and receive information. If you would like to apply using a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or on +44 (0) 1223 432229 and we will do our best to put any reasonable adjustments in place.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


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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Royal Society of Chemistry
01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road

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