UCL Career Frameworks


Research - Grade 9 (Management Pathway)

Example job roles: Technical Operations Manager, Biological Services Unit Manager, Head of Technical Services, Principal Research Software Engineer, Principal Data Scientist

Level: Senior 


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

Health & Safety responsibilities

  • Ensure that the University's health and safety policy is translated into effective local policies and procedures
  • Ensure all necessary safety paperwork is completed/reviewed across the College/Faculty
  • Ensure that all compliance tasks are completed
  • Lead safety inspections and accident investigations
  • Maintain up-to-date health and safety knowledge providing expert support/advice to others 

Core responsibilities

  • Provide management, motivation and support to the College/Faculty technical teams developing the teams to keep pace with changing teaching, research and technology needs
  • Ensure that all work is appropriately scheduled in line with priorities and deadlines
  • Maintain oversight of all technical staff recruitment within the College/Faculty
  • Oversee space management and allocation across the College/Faculty
  • Lead the development of College/Faculty services and facilities ensuring that they remain fit-for-purpose and deliver maximum benefit 
  • Lead change-management initiatives in collaboration with more senior staff
  • Produce options papers, proposals, and reports for senior management review
  • Ensure that inventory and asset management is appropriately managed across the College/Faculty
  • Oversee the management of all College/Faculty facilities, monitoring budgets and overall performance
  • Maintain oversight of all large-scale building works leading on those of a significant value/impact
  • Coach staff
  • Develop and implement policy, compliance and ways of working for the specific environment/equipment
  • Contribute to research outputs, including research papers, as a co- or lead author.
  • Apply for grant funding from appropriate external funding agencies and internal funding programs.
  • Initiate and lead on the recruitment of technical staff 

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Contribute to the text of funding applications, or apply for external funding
  • Provide academic input as a thesis committee member or review MSc dissertations
  • Understand high value procurement and tender processes
  • Participate in outreach activities and those which contribute towards Institutional Citizenship

Learning from others  

  • Work shadow senior members of the team
  • Attend and present at conferences
  • Represent UCL/Faculty/Department through participation in external working groups/committees
  • Organise and present at various research technique workshops

Formal learning

  • Membership with relevant learned societies (e.g. RMS)
  • Accreditation/certification from a recognised professional body
  • Project Management and Continuous Improvement qualifications
  • Training on finance and admin responsibilities
  • UCL Leadership training

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Formulating strategies and concepts

  • Thinking broadly
  • Approaching work strategically
  • Setting and developing strategy
  • Visioning

Persuading and influencing

  • Making an impact
  • Shaping conversations
  • Appealing to emotions
  • Promoting ideas
  • Negotiating and gaining agreement
  • Dealing with political issues

Creating and innovating

  • Innovating
  • Seeking and introducing change

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

4 January 2024

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.