Business Manager

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 Business Manager. Your focus will be on ensuring the smooth running of RDS Corporate Governance and reporting by providing programme management and business and administrative support.
Collaboration and partnership will be key features of the role. As Business Manager, you will work closely with the CEO, RDS Directors, the Board of Trustees and senior management in our partner organisations.  This role has a strong focus on project management and stakeholder engagement. You will be part of the Charity Operations Management Team
We’re a start-up so, in line with your skillset, other bits and pieces will come your way e.g. helping out with events.  We need someone to coordinate Health & Safety so any experience in this area would be great.

A bit about you:
Did we mention we are a start-up? A flexible mind-set is essential. You are a self-starter, with high energy.  You are very organised and have proven project management experience. 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 – RDS0002

Company: Research Data Scotland     Role: Business Manager     
Pay: C1 - £40,000 - £49,000. 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 two-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 Charity Operations Manager    
Direct Reports: 1 x Office Assistant/PA to CEO 

Key Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating the preparation of annual business plan and budget and annual report
  • Managing and coordinating the regular cycle of Board and committees meetings, including agenda and papers, and follow up on action points
  • Developing and manage annual organisational plan with clear deadlines and progress against milestones
  • Provision of support and advice to the CEO, Directors, Board and senior management on a range of issues relevant to RDS governance and reporting
  • Managing an organisational risk register, working with RDS staff and partners to ensure risks and issues are appropriately identified, prioritised and addressed
  • Working collaboratively with the Charity Operations Manager and Finance Manager to prepare annual budgets and reports
  • Work collaboratively with Charity Operations Manager and Finance Manager to process supplier payments and monthly pay roll
  • Supporting Charity Operations Manager with the coordination of staff recruitment and associated administrative requirements
  • Supporting with arranging workshops and events

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills, Experience
Experience of managing competing priorities with flexibility to adapt to changing business needs Essential
Ability to communicate clearly in writing and face to face with a range of colleagues and wider stakeholders Essential
Ability to develop positive working relationships and work successfully with a range of stakeholders at all levels in a multi-disciplinary environment Essential
Experience in successfully managing projects driving continuous improvement, and managing risk Essential
Proficiency in IT including Microsoft Office Suite including Teams, Visio, Document Management Systems Essential
Knowledge or awareness of regulations governing charities or ability to learn or previous experience in a similar role in either the public or voluntary sector. Desirable
Experience in supporting an organisation’s finances, either on payments or accounting Desirable
Knowledge of and experience in coordinating Health and safety matters Desirable

Project management qualification, Prince or similar Desirable
Health & Safety NEBOSH, IOSH or similar Desirable

Key Competencies    
Communication and Engagement Essential
Analysis and use of evidence Essential
People Management Essential
Improving organisational performance Essential

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