Events Assistant

Job Title: Events Assistant
Salary: £25,702 – £27,938 gross per annum (an additional allowance may be available depending on skills and experience)
Location: RAL, Harwell Campus- Oxfordshire
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Reporting to: The Communications Manager
Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available.

What’s the purpose of this role?

We are currently looking to employ a creative and dedicated Events Assistant to join our Innovation Team at the NQCC.
This role will be exciting and varied, with no two days the same! We are looking for an enthusiastic and engaged team member to ensure that events are successfully promoted and delivered.

You will work with colleagues across the organisation supporting internal and external events, from smaller collaborative events to large international conferences involving partner organisations.

The role will also involve working autonomously, conducting analysis, and contributing feedback on events to the Communications Manager so that NQCC can keep abreast of which ones they should attend and sponsor. You will be able to lead some of the events on your own.

What will you be doing?
Your responsibilities include:

  • Supporting all internal and external events
  • Analysis of events
  • Taking ownership of routine networking and business support events
  • Work closely with the members in promoting events
  • Support logistical and administrative tasks
  • Maintain records for all projects
  • Coordinate and maintain the Events Calendar
  • Support and provide input to the department’s event processes
  • Attend meetings
  • Support the setup and dismantling of stands at internal and external exhibitions
  • Follow STFC’s inclusive events guidelines.

Person Specification:
•    Proven project/event management skills
•    Ability to multi-task and maintain professionalism at all times
•    Highly organised with the ability to make decisions and use own initiative
•    A proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships
•    Enthusiastic and passionate about contributing to the delivery of the very best events
•    Proactive, with a ‘can do’ demeanour
•    Flexible enough to work outside of core hours and off-site should the situation arise
•    A full UK driving license is desirable
•    Ability to travel in the UK and overseas when required.

•    Business/Event-related degree or equivalent experience relevant to the post
•    Experience in working closely with a marketing team to promote events
•    Excellent writing and communication skills both verbal and written
•    Confident to work with senior staff and VIP Guests
•    Confident with Microsoft Office packages and Outlook.

How do I apply for this role?
Please submit your CV and a Covering Letter that clearly outlines how you fulfil the role criteria along with your motivation to join NQCC as attachments on your application. Please ensure that your name and the job reference number are in the file name of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a cover letter may result in your application not being considered.

About the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC)

As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing. However, this technology is immature and extensive development work is needed to scale the fundamental science to provide usable computing systems.

The NQCC’s initial 5 years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer-term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise-free fault-tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with the UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Our work is intellectually challenging whether at the cutting edge or behind the scenes. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

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Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit the benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

How to apply 

Online applications are only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and cover letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a cover letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted cover letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.