Partnership & Strategy Director

Do you believe in the power of data and think this power should be used to improve the lives of the people living in Scotland?  Yes?  Research Data Scotland needs you!
Now is a great time to join RDS as we take the first steps on our important journey.

A bit about us:
We are a newly set up charity and the result of a joint venture between Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh and Public Health Scotland. Our work will be done in collaboration with these and other major contributors to the field of data driven research.
Our mission is to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.
By bringing together expertise, resources and capabilities from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public and private sectors and academia we will help researchers get access to the linkage-ready data they need to complete, potentially, life-saving or life-changing research more quickly, but without compromising on our duties regarding ethics,  information governance or data security.

A bit about the job:
We are looking for a Partnership & Strategy Director. Your focus will be on promoting the new organisation: our mission and our services. By telling the story of how data is used in Scotland and explaining RDS’ pivotal role in helping researchers, you will be key in developing the impact RDS has. 
The post will be outward-facing, with a strong focus on project management and stakeholder engagement, often at a senior level. As Partnership & Strategy Director you will work closely with the CEO, RDS Directors, the Board of Trustees and Senior Management in Partner Organisations.
We’re a start-up so, in line with your skillset, other bits and pieces will come your way.

A bit about you:
Did we mention we are a start-up? A flexible mind-set and a “can-do” attitude are essential. You are a self-starter, with high energy.  You are organised, like to stay ahead of the curve on industry trends and thrive on managing multiple projects with different deadlines. You are passionate about how data driven innovation can transform services and improve wellbeing and preferably have some knowledge of/experience in working with data, data platforms or data improvement methodologies. 

A bit about the package:
You’ll have gathered by now that we are a work in progress. That said we’re committed to being a fair work employer so will encourage channels for effective voice, e.g. trade union recognition, we’ll invest in the development of our people and we’ll promote an inclusive workplace culture.  What else: a 35-hour week,  33 days’ holiday, including public, but we don’t intend to have set closures, hybrid working, flexible working hours, open from day 1 to discuss flexible working arrangements, generous pension, based at the Bayes Centre in the centre of Edinburgh. This list will be added to, and you’ll help shape it.
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Job Description | Reference - RDS0008

Role: Partnership & Strategy Director
Pay: D1 - £60,000 - £69,000. Generally people start at the first point on the scale, but for roles with specialist skills and where there are recognised recruitment difficulties a level of flexibility will be considered.
Hours: 35 per week    
Employment Type: Permanent. Happy to discuss a 2-year secondment from similarly minded organisations providing you have prior agreement from your department director or line manager.
Closing date: 24/10/2021    
Reports to Chief Executive Officer    
Direct Reports    0    

Key Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Being an active members of the RDS senior management team and supporting and advising the CEO and Board to set wider strategic objectives for RDS, while managing organisational risk.
  • Developing and maintaining RDS strategy, maintaining an understanding of the emerging technological, data and operational approaches to identify new business growth opportunities
  • Securing more diverse interest and investment in and use of Research Data Scotland by engaging with industry, academia, NHS and other public sector organisations to build strategic relationships and organisational profile
  • Developing strategies to realise commercial collaborative opportunities and conduct research to identify new opportunities
  • Taking the lead on constructing robust and successful business proposals that secure new collaborations, contracts and long term relationships 
  • Establishing, managing and developing multi-disciplinary teams working across a number of partner organisations
  • Representing RDS at conferences, events, and other related activities

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills, Experience 
Ability to influence organisational leaders, communicating in ways that resonate with people Essential
Experience in managing and growing a function in a digital, data or operational transformation context with demonstrable success Essential
Demonstrates the ability to build a multi-disciplinary team and coach individuals  Essential
Displays strategic thinking skills and experience developing and driving organisational strategy  Essential
A track record in building strong working relationships with stakeholders, achieving consensus across differing perspectives Essential

A degree in business administration, marketing or other similar Desirable

Key Competencies    
Leading Others Essential
Communication and Engagement Essential
People Management Essential
Improving Organisational Performance Essential

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