Head of IT

A great career opportunity to join the Ri at an exciting time to enable us to move even closer to achieving our shared vision and expand our charitable activities.

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Reports to: Director of Finance & Resources

Accountable for: AV Manager; CRM Administrator

Location: Albemarle Street, London, with some remote working

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £60k-£64k

About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

In our historic Grade I listed Mayfair building, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it acts as base for the Ri team and tenants as well as a busy and vibrant event space for private and corporate events. 

About the role

We are looking for a proven IT and people manager to lead and manage the IT and AV services across our small but complex organisation within the constraints of a Grade I listed building. This role combines strategic, technical and management responsibilities and looks after the formulation and delivery of the Ri’s IT and AV strategy and the development and implementation of IT solutions to meet the current and future needs.

This is a great opportunity to make a real difference at the Ri, helping us to go further in achieving our charitable aims. The IT strategy will help to support the digitisation of our offering to our beneficiaries, improving our reach and income generating opportunities, and enabling the Ri team to work collaboratively, efficiently and safely.

As successful applicant, you will develop the IT and AV strategy, plan and deliver a robust, efficient and professional operational IT and AV service to key stakeholders, oversee all areas of IT infrastructure requirements at the Ri, including Azure Infrastructure management and security policies.

You will also manage the IT budget, develop the IT and AV teams, ensure that all IT processes and systems are running efficiently and effectively and implement the systems and procedures to enable the IT/AV team to evolve and effectively support the delivery of our ambitious strategy.

About you

A strong IT and people manager with experience of leading the IT function in a complex organisation and experience of delivering a long-term IT strategy, you will have practical and technical skills and experience which you can effectively use to influence at all levels across the Ri.

In addition, you will need:

  • IT Project management experience: for example designing and implementing processes, network design, management of third parties. 
  • Practical ability to configure and manage networking hardware on premises and in cloud (Azure), for example;  switching, routing, servers, storage.
  • Administration and Management of CRM systems (Salesforce advantageous).
  • Strong security knowledge as applied to Network management and database management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to provide sound advice, challenge and support
  • A collaborative approach that nurtures effective partnership working
  • Ability to identify opportunities, lead and drive change in technologies.

In return you will receive a competitive salary, 33 days leave (incl. Bank Holidays), matched pension contributions up to 7% of salary, season ticket loans, enhanced sickness benefits and the chance to play a part in the future of the Ri.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Ri values and actively seeks to promote diversity.


To apply, please send us your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 800 words to recruitment@ri.ac.uk. Please also send a copy of the equal opportunities form below.

Your statement should explain your motivation for applying for the role and how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification.

Closing date: 9.00am on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

Interview dates: Interviews are planned for 16 & 17 February but we may interview sooner.

Further information: https://www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us

We kindly request interest from direct applications only for this position.