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Head of USG Planning & Operations

University of Edinburgh

Head of USG Planning and Operations

Competitive salary and reward package


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.

Today, we’re a wonderfully diverse mix of people of all kinds and minds. While that’s an end in itself, when we put these people together and equip and empower them, they imagine, create, test and develop new ideas in a way that others can’t. It changes lives – sometimes individually, sometimes globally.

The University is seeking to recruit a new Head of USG Planning and Operations.  The University Secretary’s Group (USG) is one of three Professional Services Groups in the University and provides a wide range of high-quality services in support of the University’s academic mission.  The Group employs over 1,000 people, c.700 FTE and has a revenue spend in excess of £70m p.a. across 10 organisational units.

The role will be a key member of the University Secretary’s Group management team accountable to the University Secretary for planning of financial and operational activities within USG. Responsibilities of the role will include organising and prioritising issues across the Group to facilitate efficient decision making and delivery of published plans. The role will also initiate and lead change projects and programmes; providing oversight and guidance to multiple projects and where necessary prioritising between them.

This role requires a dynamic and highly experienced senior manager with strong business and commercial acumen who is able to quickly gain a thorough understanding of the people, objectives and projects and with a track record for quality and delivery.

The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, dynamic, challenging and rewarding place to work. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits. The University fosters a supportive and flexible work environment that is inclusive as well as diverse.

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For a confidential discussion please contact Lauren Crichton or Katharine Price on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: 9am Friday 8th March 2024

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