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Director, Military Sciences

Closing date: 06 Dec 2021

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  • Full Time
  • London

Website RUSI

RUSI is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate to help build a safer and more stable world. Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion, and careful reflection on defence and security matters. RUSI is a British institution but operates with an international perspective. Offices in Nairobi and Brussels reinforce our global reach.

About the Military Sciences Research Group

The Military Sciences team seeks to inform, influence and impact policy and doctrine based on evidence-based research on military matters related to war and warfare. It carries out cutting-edge research to deliver intellectual challenge and thought leadership on military and defence matters. We take a long-term perspective grounded on a rigorous historical evidence base and an examination of contemporary conflict, in order to shape defence policies.

We draw on resident expertise in the air, land, maritime, cyber and space domains and an unrivalled network of connections in many countries, from close allies to conflict zones, all of which provide real-time contemporary lessons. This enables us to combine our research with practical experience and contextual awareness. As part of this work, our staff engage with military, defence industrial and governmental stakeholders from the operational, tactical and strategic levels in the UK and overseas.

The group research portfolio includes three primary lines of activity: the Martial Power programme, which forms the bedrock of our research activity, posing key questions about the utility of the military instrument today and in the future; the Profession of Arms programme, which delivers outreach on military subjects to our audience through online platforms; and the Future Norms of War programme, which provides thought leadership on how the norms and behaviours of conflict may change in the future.

The team currently has an annual net income of some £1m, generated from a range of governmental sources, companies, and research foundations. In addition to the Director, the programme includes eight research staff and two support staff. The team also draws on support from RUSI’s central events, publications, communications and finance staff. It also works closely with other research groups in RUSI, and in particular with experts on UK foreign policy, Defence Industry and Society, International Security Studies, Cyber Security, and Nuclear Policy. ​

Main purpose of post

This position is for a direct replacement of Professor Peter Roberts, who is moving to a new role in the private sector after five successful years as Director. The overarching role of the person appointed will be to provide leadership for RUSI’s work on military sciences. As part of this, she/he will have three key responsibilities. First the new Director will have lead responsibility for maintaining and growing the level of financial support for the programme, promoting its work and managing relationships with sponsors in both the public and private sectors. Second, the Director will maintain and deepen the team’s reputation for high quality and independent research, including through identifying key areas for cutting-edge research and opportunities for potential policy impact, and providing rigorous quality control of all outputs. Third, the Director will manage and mentor our team of in-house researchers, as well as the wider network of associates, and will represent Military Sciences at Management Group level within RUSI.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide intellectual leadership for the team, and help to showcase their work. There is no single RUSI or Military Sciences ‘line’ on contemporary defence and security issues. Instead, the Director has a key role in ensuring high standards of evidence-based commentary and research on the most important defence and military issues of the day. The Director would be expected to make his/her own contribution to thought leadership, primarily through oral and written commentary, including in the media. There will also be opportunities for the Director to lead his/her own research, although this is not primarily a research position.

Key tasks

The new director will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the delivery of funded research projects within the Martial Power programme;
  • Relationship management with sponsor organisations at senior levels;
  • Relationships with key military stakeholders in the UK and abroad;
  • Management of the Mil Sci team, including line management;
  • Delivering events and activities related to the team’s work within assigned budgets;
  • Media relations, supporting and deepening RUSI’s reputation;
  • Overall leadership for Mil Sci digital outputs (this may include hosting a podcast or webinar series).

The above list of duties is indicative and not exhaustive.  The post holder will be required to undertake such duties that may reasonably be expected within the scope and grade of the role.

Our expectations

We expect all staff to abide by and promote RUSI’s Vision and Values https://rusi.org/content/values and Equal Opportunities Statement.

Person specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Extensive experience of working with the UK armed forces, together with an ability to communicate with the military community across rank, cultural and service backgrounds;
  • An ability to demonstrate a high level of intellectual curiosity, together with a strong commitment to diversity of thought and rigorous evidence-based research;
  • Prior experience of fundraising success, programme management and/or budget ownership;
  • A demonstrated ability to write and speak fluently, often concisely and to short deadlines, on contemporary defence issues;
  • Excellent team-working and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to provide inspirational leadership for a highly-motivated team of Mil Sci staff.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Professional experience within both the Military and private or governmental sectors;
  • Pre-existing network of relationships in senior military, industrial and/or political policy circles;
  • Experience of public speaking;
  • Current or elapsed UK/US Security Clearance or Developed Vetting holder

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Other benefits

  • 25 days annual leave (rising with service). 
  • Additional days off during Christmas -RUSI Christmas closure days.
  • Generous pension contributions at 6% employer contribution.
  • Access to 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme. 
  • Season ticket loan (after successful completion of probationary period).
  • Rental deposit scheme (after successful completion of probationary period).
  • Free access to RUSI’s world leading programme of events and conferences, research materials and library.

How to apply

Application Process

Use the apply button at the top of the page on our website to submit your CVand covering letter (no more than one page), detailing your suitability for the position. You will receive a notification that your application has been received. 

Closing date: Monday 6 December 2021, 5:30pm BST.

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Job Details

Organisation: RUSI

Location: London

Salary: £40,000+ (£65,000 - £90,000 per annum depending on skills and experience.)

Closing date: 06 Dec 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Temporarily due to Covid-19

About the Organisation

RUSI is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate to help build a safer and more stable world. Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion, and careful reflection on defence and security matters. RUSI is a British institution but operates with an international perspective. Offices in Nairobi and Brussels reinforce our global reach.

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