View Vacancy -- IT Service Desk Team Lead - MLC 2272
Research Institute: MRC Mary Lyon Centre
Research Institute / Unit Information: The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell (MLC) is located in an expanding science and innovation campus in Oxfordshire and is an internationally renowned centre at the forefront of genetics research. As the hub of the new National Mouse Genetics Network, the specialist facilities and capabilities of the MLC support a number of research groups across the UK to accelerate our understanding of human diseases, such as cancer, developmental disorders and neurodegeneration.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a great place to work and progress your career. The MRC encourages the integration of clinical and discovery research to elucidate both disease processes and potential new therapies. The MLC provides vital scientific support for the UK biomedical community and focuses on preclinical research using mouse models, which supports clinical research and therapy discovery.
The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.
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Band: MRC - 4
Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
Salary: £33,105 - £36,243 per annum depending on skills and experience
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Job Type: Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Contract Length: Until 31 March 2025
Job Description: Would you like to build your IT career at one of the world's most renowned Medical Research Centres?
Working within the MLC Informatics Group at MRC Harwell, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in leading and supporting the service desk team, providing exceptional support to end users.
In this post, you will be managing and leading a small in-house service desk team, whilst working closely with the systems engineering team, fostering a positive and collaborative working environment.
You will be mentoring team members and organising the day-to-day running of the service desk, ensuring that incidents and service requests are fulfilled optimally, whilst also providing direct hands-on assistance with ticket resolutions.
You will have access to world-class learning and a career pathway through an organisation of 8,000 employees. This post is vital to the organisation, ensuring that our scientific, technical and administrative colleagues can focus their time on their research.
We are looking for a team player with a proactive attitude, who is willing to broaden their experience across a wide range of skills and domains, in a collaborative and friendly environment.
Main Duties/Key Responsibilities
Management of a small local team of service desk analysts
Ensure adherence to local service desk processes, procedures and policies
Identify areas for continual improvement in processes, resource allocation and services offered
Investigation of proactive strategies to improve efficiency and quality of service
Training and mentoring of service desk team members
Be a point of escalation to the systems engineering team and management
Undertake project-based work in line with the service desk team objectives
Completion of weekly operational updates to the Head of IT
Maintain staffing schedules to ensure adequate coverage during operational hours
Identify and develop training programs to enhance technical skills, product knowledge and customer service skills within the service desk team
Resolution of tickets; analysing and resolving service requests and incidents
Provide support to scientific, technical and administrative users across the site
Work closely with the systems engineering team
Collaborate with other informatics staff across the department
Report to the Head of IT
Our site is a networked environment comprising over 600 computers (predominantly Windows but with a small number of Macs), with a proportion of our devices running scientific equipment. You will work closely with our System Engineers in an environment with over 150 physical and virtual servers (Windows, Linux and VMware). A purpose-built data centre is central to our infrastructure, with a fully meshed network and over two petabytes of disk storage which is replicated to our secondary data centre. We support a hybrid Microsoft Office 365 environment, utilise an endpoint systems management application and continue to improve our processes using PowerShell.
If these are technologies you would like to work with and get greater exposure to, then this post could be your opportunity to progress your career!
More information about MRC Harwell can be found at
Equality & Diversity:
The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all. Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities. The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research through good equality and diversity leadership and management.
Corporate/Local Responsibilities & Requirements:
The post-holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the MRC's:
Code of Conduct
Equality and Diversity policy
Health and Safety policy
Data Protection and Security policy
Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual appraisal. Any changes should be made and agreed between the post-holder and their manager.
The above lists are not exhaustive, and the post-holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, cooperatively, and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and the MRC.
Person Specification: Education/Qualifications/Training Required:
Degree/HND or equivalent in Computer Science or relevant IT Service Desk work experience
SCCM or software deployment and configuration tools
Proven service desk management experience
Previous Work Experience Required:
Experience of providing ICT support in a relevant environment with similar products and technologies
Experience of successful management and development of teams within a customer services business
Laptop, desktop, tablets, phones, and hardware peripherals (configuration, support and deployment)
Application management and distribution
Knowledge and experience:
A good understanding of MS Office 365 applications
Strong knowledge and experience supporting Windows OS
Experienced and confident leader who will elevate the team
Experienced with service desk policies and processes
plus, any combination of the following skills
Understanding of MS Office 365 support and administration
Windows server knowledge
Active directory knowledge
Experience of setting up new workstations, laptops, tablets, or phones
Experience supporting Apple Mac OSX
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
Ability to assess, evaluate and prioritise
Ability to make and communicate confident decisions, delegating work efficiently
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Ability to create concise and practical documentation
plus, any combination of the following
Ability to communicate professionally
Enthusiasm and capability to learn
A proactive, self-motivating attitude to project delivery
Can work both collaboratively and without supervision
Further Information: The post-holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.
The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.
Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.
Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check. The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.