Director of Strategic Planning and Insight

Ref: 4953

University of Edinburgh


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Role Managed by:

Phil Entwistle

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6239


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 08/02/2021

Formal Interview Date: Monday 15th March, all day

The University of Edinburgh is a global university, rooted in Scotland.  Established in 1583, Edinburgh is consistently ranked in the world’s top 50 universities (most recently 20th in the QS World University rankings); has been ranked fourth in the UK for the breadth and depth of its research; and is the largest university in Scotland. The University has an annual turnover of more than £1.1bn, of which £296 million is competitive research grant funding, and it has more than 15,000 staff and over 40,000 students.

It has a clear and ambitious strategy for the future, to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of its relationships, both locally and globally.

Sitting on the University Executive, the Director of Strategic Planning and Insight will lead, develop and manage the University’s strategic planning framework. The Director will undertake high profile, strategic work, engaging at the most senior levels in the University, and acting as a key interlocutor with Government.  They will act as a strong unifying force to help ensure strategic planning, insights and performance measurement framework support the University to deliver across the breadth of aspiration in Strategy 2030. 

The Director will be effective in operating in an environment of the scale and complexity of the University of Edinburgh, operate across the three Colleges and three Professional Services Groups, and develop and maintain relationships and trust of the Senior Leadership team and the University Executive.  In addition, the role holder will be required to represent the University externally and ensure it is strongly represented and influential in matters of strategic importance.

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The closing date for applications is midday (GMT) on Monday 8th February 2021.

Salary: Competitive

Location: Edinburgh

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