DG Chief Scientific Officer

UK Health Security Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 27th June 2022



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External candidates should expect their salary upon appointment to be circa £149,500. More may be available for an exceptional candidate. Existing civil servants will be appointed in line with the Civil Service pay rules in place on the date of their appointment


SCS Pay Band 3

Contract type


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, Bristol, Horsham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham


The Chief Scientific Officer role is a fantastic opportunity to join and support a new organisation that will have a profound impact on the public we serve. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, Dr Jenny Harries you will be an integral part of the Executive Committee, responsible for ensuring that the UKHSA provides health security for the nation.

Your focus will be on identifying the evidence that underpins UKHSA’s services and products to people and the government and leading the UKHSA’s agreed approach to high quality science and research ,and in particular, understanding its impact on delivery and health outcomes. You will also develop a compelling Science and Research Strategy for UKHSA, including determining the scientific priorities which will deliver health protection policy, ensuring prioritisation remains ‘live’ so that critical new topics are accounted for as they emerge. We are looking for someone who can provide professional leadership for the Science and Research profession within UKHSA, ensuring UKHSA offers a brilliant place for professionals to develop their career, establishing science and evidence as the nerve-centre of UKHSA.

Job description

Please visit https://www.saxbam.com/appointment/uk-health-security-agency/ for more information


Please visit https://www.saxbam.com/appointment/uk-health-security-agency/ for more information
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

To apply candidates should visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using code AYYOA

You will need to submit the following document by no later than 23:59 on 27 June 2022:

- A CV setting out your career history
- A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages)
- A completed diversity and monitoring form

The selection process will be chaired by Joe Montgomery (a Civil Service Commissioner), Dr Jenny Harries (CEO of UKHSA), Jac Gardner (HR Director of UKHSA) and further panel members to be confirmed. More details are available through the https://www.saxbam.com/appointment/uk-health-security-agency/

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Belinda.Beck@saxbam.com
  • Email : Belinda.Beck@saxbam.com

Recruitment team :

  • Email : Belinda.Beck@saxbam.com

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