The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a world leading botanical institute and international visitor attraction taking
positive action for plants and people; from local communities across Scotland, to more than 40 countries around
the world. Our priority is to tackle the biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency and support the
conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Our work builds on over 350 years of history as a scientific
botanic garden, a centre of education, the internationally important botanical collections in our care, and our
extensive international partnerships.
Our four Scottish gardens – Benmore, Dawyck, Logan and ‘The Botanics’ in Edinburgh – attract over a million visitors
every year. Together, these gardens comprise one of the richest plant collections on earth. As a registered
Scottish charity, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is funded principally by the Scottish Government –
but as an organisation, we are very much global with a mission to explore, conserve and explain the world of
plants for a better future. Our current work involves collaborative science and conservation projects in more
than 35 countries around the world.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Manager to join our team to deliver management support for research
grants, consultancy contracts and partnerships, and to facilitate the development and implementation of
efficient operational working practices. We’re looking for someone who can help us deliver effective and
efficient operations, maximise our research quality and bid success, and ensure we have financially astute
contractual arrangements in place at all times as we look to expand out externally funded work.
This is a wide-ranging job, acting as the key liaison for funding initiatives, operating across our Science and
commercial divisions. This will involve tracking funding opportunities and co-ordinating responses, working with
potential grant submitters on their timelines and supporting their needs for applications to funding calls, and
managing the preparation, coordination and completion of research and consultancy contracts. Another key aspect
of the role is to support key operations to underpin the smooth running of the science team at RBGE. This will
involve facilitating improved working practices across the remit of science, including optimising logistics to
support data production and data management, quality control, and the practical ways in which teams work and
The post is suited to individuals who are highly organised effective communicators. You will have excellent attention
to detail, clarity of thought and an aptitude for problem solving. You should be comfortable and effective in
facilitating and managing different aspects of research and consultancy funding, and the enthusiasm and ability
to support the implementation of wider logistical and operational processes in our science team. Experience and
understanding of funding and consultancy opportunities is desirable, as is experience of contracts and
partnership agreements, and an understanding of the general process which underpin the function and operations
of science research programmes.
While the post is well suited to applicants with established experience of grants/contract management, science
logistics and project management, we also welcome applicants from a biodiversity science background, who wish to
make the transition into science operations management.
Although we see this as a full-time role, applications will also be considered from exceptional candidates looking to
work on a part-time basis.