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Chief Scientific Adviser

Wales

Posted 29/07/2022

Starting salary circa £100,000 (FTE)

Top Reasons to Apply
  1. The primary role of the Chief Scientific Adviser Wales (CSAW) is to provide top quality scientific advice to the First Minister, Cabinet and administration, ensuring that government policies and decisions are well informed by robust scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking.
  2. This is a highly specialist SCS role requiring an eminent scientist on a fixed term contract basis for four years with the option to extend.
  3. This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 role, starting salary circa £100,000 (FTE). 
Job Description

Company: Welsh Government 

Job title: Chief Scientific Adviser 

Job reference: OBEJA 

Closing date: 23rd August 2022 

Remuneration: This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 role, starting salary circa £100,000 (FTE). 

Contract: This is a highly specialist SCS role requiring an eminent scientist on a fixed term contract basis for four years with the option to extend.

Location: The successful candidate will be assigned to a Welsh Government office base by agreement. The Welsh Government has four main offices located in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Llandudno Junction and Aberystwyth. The post holder will also be expected to travel across parts of Wales, London and other regions of UK and international travel may on occasion be required.  Welsh Government works flexibly, and remote working is an important part of our operational approach (see Smart Working below).

Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. Under the 2017 Wales Act ‘reserved powers’ devolution settlement it is responsible for most public services in Wales, with an annual budget of around £18 billion. Elected in May 2021, the First Minister of Wales and Cabinet lead the Welsh Government and are accountable to Y Senedd Cymru, the Welsh Parliament.

The primary role of the Chief Scientific Adviser Wales (CSAW) is to provide top quality scientific advice to the First Minister, Cabinet and administration, ensuring that government policies and decisions are well informed by robust scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking. The CSAW will champion Wales as a place where science, research and innovation are strongly supported and create an environment to encourage inward investment for research, development and innovation while helping people inside and outside Wales to take up and maximise opportunities. Our goal is to build on the strong and dynamic science base across Wales and ensure science and technology play a full role in meeting the future challenges in Wales surrounding the economy, climate change, the environment and health.

The Chief Scientific Adviser is expected to demonstrate exceptional leadership and communication skills, possessing the ability to identify and draw on relevant advice and experience of experts internally and externally across a wide range of fields in academia, industry and other government departments and agencies both within Wales; across the UK, the EU and internationally. They will possess a first-class reputation in science or engineering, whether in academia, the public and voluntary services, or industry and be able to assimilate, evaluate, and interpret scientific findings and advice across the full spectrum of disciplines, where necessary at short notice and under pressure. Valuing diversity and equality remains a high priority for the Welsh Government and we want a motivated individual who can champion and embed these principles into their areas of responsibility. 

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Welsh Government on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference OBEJA,. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). 

 

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Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. Under the 2017 Wales Act ‘reserved powers’ devolution settlement it is responsible for most public services in Wales, with an annual budget of around £18 billion. Elected in May 2021, the First Minister of Wales and Cabinet lead the Welsh Government and are accountable to Y Senedd Cymru, the Welsh Parliament.

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