Executive Director/Executive Dean – Centre for Business, Innovation and Enterprise

Ref: 4760

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire

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Role Managed by:

Thomas Eade

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7349

e: Thomas.Eade@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 27/08/2020

Formal Interview Date: Friday 23rd October 2020

Staffordshire University is an innovative, connected university, acting as an anchor institution of and for the region. Its fundamental contributions to the economy and society are underpinned by a commitment to applied research, social mobility and challenging disadvantage. Whilst it has a heritage stretching back over 100 years, it is recognised today for its inventive digital approach and for pushing boundaries. It supports students and the wider community to compete and thrive in the modern world.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, the University has already exceeded goals set previously and is now considering its 2030 strategy.

Continuing this successful transformation, the University is placing next-generation digital innovation at its heart. Going live in 2021, the new Catalyst Building will provide a sector-leading hub for students, staff and business, driving research, teaching and knowledge exchange, promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, for the benefit of the locality and beyond.  The new Centre for Business, Innovation and Enterprise will sit at the core of these activities.

The University now seeks the inaugural Executive Director/Dean for the Centre, who will coordinate related activities and encourage a culture of entrepreneurial thinking across the University and in its interaction with all communities and the region. This is a critical leadership role within the University’s extended Executive team and will significantly contribute to the University’s ambitious future. This pioneering appointment calls for a bold leader, with ability to work collaboratively across the University and to provide shape and direction to the University’s business, innovation and enterprise portfolio, creating and implementing the Centre Business Plan. She/he will lead the development of the University innovation framework, ensuring the University provision meets the future needs of business and industry, and serves student requirements through a vibrant, market-led and modern portfolio. Externally engaged, the new Executive Director/Dean will help initiate and develop partnerships with Industry, SMEs and business innovators, aligned with the priorities of the Local Industrial Strategy and agreed University priorities for KEF.

Candidates will have extensive knowledge of developing innovation and enterprise initiatives and culture, organisational practice, and the effective engagement of staff. You will have a strong track record of leadership of diverse teams in a changing environment and experience of working across sectors and ideally at the intersection with higher education.

The Staffordshire University celebrates diversity and promotes equality and inclusion amongst staff and students. As such, the University welcomes applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. The University particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

Location: Staffordshire

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Thursday 27th August 2020.

An executive search process is being managed by Perrett Laver. For details of the appointment, including further information about the person specification and how to apply, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4760.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Research Associate, Thomas Eade at Thomas.eade@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7349.

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