Executive Search Contract for UKRI

Executive Search Contract for UKRI

The UKRI Executive Chairs will support the UKRI Board to be a strong, unified voice for science, research and business-led innovation, both in facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the world stage.

Contract summary


Construction and Real Estate, Printing and Publishing

Location of contract


Value of contract


Published date

11 September 2017

Closing date

22 September 2017

Contract start date

06 October 2017

Contract end date

31 March 2018



**Please do not respond directly to the buyer. Bids are to be submitted through the CCS e-Sourcing suite**

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is a new research and innovation body which will be set up to strengthen the strategic approach to future challenges and maximise value from government’s investment of over £6bn per annum in research and innovation. It will deliver a strengthened, unified voice for the UK’s research and innovation funding system, facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the global stage. It will build on the UK’s world class research and innovation performance enabling the system to respond rapidly and effectively to current and future challenges.

Delivering these benefits requires strong and empowered leadership within UKRI. The creation of UKRI will retain the key characteristics of the current system that have underpinned the UK’s success, such as discipline leadership and autonomy, and dual funding. UKRI is merging of the existing functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) research and knowledge exchange functions (to be known as Research England).

These bodies will remain distinct as Councils of UKRI, each led by an Executive Chair – a high profile and significant position.

The UKRI Executive Chairs will support the UKRI Board to be a strong, unified voice for science, research and business-led innovation, both in facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the world stage.

The Executive Chair will be a powerful position focussed on key strategic planning and decision making within their Council’s area of expertise. They will report to UKRI’s Chief Executive Officer, but will have a significant degree of delegated autonomy and authority over discipline- and subject-specific matters.

These individuals will also work with the UKRI Board and other Councils’ Executive Chairs to deliver best value from the research and innovation funding system.

The Contracting Authority is seeking an organisation to deliver search requirements for the vacancies in order for the successful applicants to be appointed at various stages. The councils specified in the tender may be subject to change; therefore the successful supplier will need to be flexible.

These posts are not currently regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). However, the campaign process will still aim to follow the best practice according to those appointment principles.

For more information, please refer to the attached documents.


About the buyer


Polaris House




Other information


PS17209 AW5.2 Price Schedule

PS17209 AW5.2 Price Schedule.xlsx

PS17209 ITQ – BBSRC and EPSRC Exec Chair

PS17209 ITQ – BBSRC and EPSRC Exec Chair.pdf

PS17209 ITQ Invitation to Quote questions

PS17209 ITQ Invitation to Quote questions.pdf

PS17209-S1-Services purchasing contract

PS17209-S1-Services purchasing contract.pdf

UK Shared Business Services eSourcing As part of the strategic alliance between UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS), UK SBS can use the CCS eSourcing Suite for future procurements. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing expressionofinterest@crowncommercial.gov.uk Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered Bidder; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Sourcing documents can then be accessed on the eSourcing Suite at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in the Specification documents within Contracts Finder. As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information. For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service Helpdesk : Telephone: 0345 010 3503 Training documents to support Bidders utilise Emptoris CCS eSourcing are available in the Contracts Finder Tender documents section.


How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided.