Portfolio Officer – Research x 2

Location (UK): London office hybrid or Chesterfield office hybrid
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
£29,500 per annum (London office-based), £27,000 per annum (rest of UK)
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Some travel may be required
Closing date: 23:59, Thursday 18 August 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Portfolio Officer role (PDF, 198 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


We are looking for two Research Portfolio Officers, whose main role is to help support the Research Programme Managers to develop and manage the Versus Arthritis research portfolio and to help translate that for wider organisational use and benefit.

This includes:

  • Collating and monitoring data from diverse sources to help provide better oversight of our research portfolio.
  • Working closely with other colleagues to ensure the outcomes and impact of our research portfolio is visible and understood, so that other teams can use research outputs efficiently to support their strategic objectives.

About the role

In this role you will be responsible for:  

  • Ensuring the research portfolio can support the work of teams across the charity.
  • Strengthening our ability to fundraise against our Discover strategy.
  • Increasing the visibility of our research, their outcomes and impact.

You will be comfortable taking on different projects, as required, often liaising with a diverse set of stakeholders and working under a matrix management structure. 

Key requirements

  • A degree or equivalent level of experience in scientific, medical or research related domains via the charity, commercial, health, higher education or publishing sectors.
  • Comfortable in working with research related metrics and data, with some experience of understanding and preparing medical/scientific information for non-specialist audiences.
  • High-quality verbal and written communication skills, including being able to communicate complex information and requirements to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • A flexible and collaborative approach, with the ability to work closely and adaptively with immediate team and collaboratively across the organisation.
  • Good information technology skills, including effective database/PubMed/internet search techniques and significant experience of using Microsoft Office packages

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with this completed Versus Arthritis supporting statement form (Word, 43 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in the job description and person specification for the Portfolio Officer role (PDF 198 KB).
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised
  4. please ensure the documents you submit are in Word or PDF format.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Thursday 18 August 2022 to recruitment@versusarthritis.org.

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We do not wish to receive contact from agencies or media sales.


First interviews expected: To be confirmed, held by Microsoft Teams.

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.