Purpose of the post

At HDR UK we want the UK to be the place to do the most impactful health data research and innovation. Embedding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) through all our activities is integral to this aim and to build on our commitment we have identified EDI as an Institute-wide Priority for 2024/25. This includes the people that make up our workforce, represent us and benefit from the work we support; the perspectives we seek to guide the work we do; the training that the next generation of data scientists need to deliver health data research to make discoveries that improve people’s lives; and the data needed to do that research.  A lack of diversity in any of these areas will hold us back from bringing together the sharpest scientific minds, providing access to richest data, and enabling the greatest range of insights to help prevent, treat and cure disease.

This role is an exciting opportunity to help shape the strategy and delivery of EDI initiatives across HDR UK. We are looking for someone with strong research and delivery skills who takes an evidence-based approach to EDI. The post-holder will work with teams across the institute to accelerate and integrate existing EDI initiatives and identify opportunities to innovate for the future.

Main responsibilities

The post will act as the lead EDI professional on specific EDI initiatives and reviews across HDR UK and use this insight to help set the EDI strategy for HDR UK the future.

  1. Strategy design and delivery. Develop insights and recommendations informed by data collation and analysis to help shape and embed HDR UK’s revised EDI strategy and the successful delivery of our Institute-wide EDI objective.  Participate and/or lead EDI initiatives on time, to scope and to quality, and all with impact. Work with the Senior Leadership Team to drive cultural change and embed equity, diversity and inclusion in all facets of our activities.
  2. Planning and organisation. Put in place mechanisms to ensure that EDI initiatives across Institute programmes are co-ordinated, bringing priority risks and cross functional issues into focus and ensure actions agreed consider the wider ecosystem, HDR UK’s unique role and opportunity for impact. Enable use of appropriate team communications and project management tools.
  3. Collaboration and relationship management. Undertake stakeholder mapping and engagement – identifying key internal and external partners, proactively scheduling, managing and evaluating engagement with stakeholders.  Ensure clarity, alignment and integration with wider teams across HDR UK. Support colleagues by sharing knowledge proactively and working together to ensure best practice is being applied to all EDI initiatives within delivery teams.  Manage and oversee any third-party contributions.
  4. Communication and training. Act as the advocate for EDI to colleagues, stakeholders and cross-community groups, spotting and initiating opportunities to collaborate for best learning outcomes. Develop and produce high-quality EDI-related papers for leadership and management groups and ensure they provide appropriate recommendations which are supported by an appropriate evidence base.  Support the HDR UK People Team in the design and delivery of EDI training and lead on specific items when necessary.

Experience and Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of EDI initiatives in an organisational setting; masters in EDI-related area desirable.
  • Experience of delivery of EDI initiatives in both an internal and external capacity.
  • Expertise in successfully supporting the delivery of complex programmes with multiple components and many collaborating organisations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong listening and written and verbal communication skills, the ability to build and manage relationships and foster efficient and collaborative ways of working across the whole of the community be coordinating, building consensus and overseeing a diverse range of delivery partners.
  • Ability to process complex information and identify novel insights.
  • Ability to identify information relevant for different audiences and present targeted messages.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
  • Commitment to a learning-focused approach that prioritises continuous improvement.
  • Ability to respond to challenges and opportunities with optimism and respect, seeking to identify the cause, rather than focussing on immediate issues, and thinking ahead to actively manage risks, anticipating issues and proposing solutions.
  • Flexibility to adjust plans as necessary, managing ambiguity, providing clarity and support to others through change.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across different geographies and cultures.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

We politely request no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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