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Deputy Director Operational Management Core Safety Services

University of Edinburgh

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

At the University of Edinburgh, we’ve had an extraordinary influence on the world for more than 400 years. As an organisation underpinned by equality, diversity and inclusion we’ve been influenced ourselves, by lots of other ‘worlds’, different people, places, beliefs and ideas. It makes us who we are.

The University’s Health and Safety Department are now developing a new leadership team to shape and drive the organisation through a period of transformational change. There will be three new Deputy Directors: Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing, the Deputy Director of Core Services and Operational Management, and Deputy Director of Specialist Services.  The Health & Safety Department is responsible for leading change that will build on the 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 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.

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.

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.


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For a confidential discussion, please contact Catriona Mackie, David Curry or Danielle Cairney on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th July 2023

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter as one document via the apply button.