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Deputy Directors, Health & Safety Department

Deputy Director Operational Management & Core Services
£56,048 – £66,890 

Thank you for considering the role of Deputy Director Operational Management and Core Services at the University of Edinburgh and I hope you find the briefing in this pack useful as you consider this opportunity. I am establishing a new leadership team to shape and drive the organisation through a period of transformational change. There will be three new Deputy Directors: this role, the Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing  and Deputy Director of Specialist Services.  We will be responsible for leading change that will build on our existing safety, health and wellbeing management system, deliver continuous improvement and be well supported. Through this change the University will make measurable improvements with an observable positive impact for our staff, students and visitors.

The role of Deputy Director, Core Services and Operational Management  will be a critical role to the success of this, and it’s an exciting time to join the team. The leadership team will work on a thematic basis, each area with their portfolios, working collaboratively to shape and deliver the approach. In order to embed our commitment we will be working in partnership with the wider university community. This will enable you to drive, shape and support partnerships within each of the six management areas of the University.

Building successful and strong partnerships will be at the heart of what you do and you will have a key role in leading the staff delivering core safety advice and services and supporting the operation of our whole department . I look forward to working with a Deputy Director of Core Services and Operational Management who shares this commitment, and who can bring their expertise and leadership to shape our approaches right from the start.

Suzanne Thompson
Director of Health and Safety


Role Information

The post will be based at Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Main responsibilities of the post:

  • Lead and be accountable for the development of the work programmes and staff performance.
  • Lead on the delivery of the content of the health and safety framework necessary for the University to be effective in delivering its strategic goals, research, teaching and support services.
  • Effectively lead the team and connect to a network of School advisers, working in partnership.  Build strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate meaningful impact of Health and Safety’s key programmes of work through measuring, monitoring and reporting on health and safety of both the service and the University.
  • Provide competent advice for the organisation taking the lead as a competent adviser where required.

Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline the successful candidate will also have a post-graduate qualification or equivalent.  Considerable experience of operating at a senior level in a diverse, complex organisation is essential as well as an open, supportive and visible management style.  You should have experience of supporting staff to create a health working environment and be able to demonstrate skills and experience that will drive forward innovation and change.

The full Job Description is available to download below.


Job Description - Deputy Director Operational Management & Core Services