Chief Transformation Officer

Ref: 5369

De Montfort University

Leicester, England

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Role Managed by:

Thomas Eade

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7349


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 06/12/2021

Formal Interview Date: Stakeholder Discussion Groups: 9th February 2022 // Formal Panel Interviews: 10th February 2022 (all day) - Formal Panel Interviews

DMU is an ambitious, globally minded and culturally rich university with a strong commitment to the public good. We strive to maintain a stimulating and inclusive environment that champions difference and celebrates success. Our university is a vibrant, multicultural hub of learning, creativity and innovation that was named the first-ever University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Times Good University Guide.

We are asking ourselves some fundamental but hugely important and far-reaching questions at DMU: what will be the education of the future that we want to provide? How will it be distinctive, relate to the city and the future world of work, and be inspiring and – reflecting on the ambitions of our founders – ‘elevating’? How does a degree stay relevant throughout someone’s working life?

We are now seeking a new Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) who can help answer some of these questions and help us become a university for the future. As digital technology and mobile platforms increasingly transcend physical and geographical boundaries and create new opportunities for our students and staff to engage, we require a CTO to help lead and develop our new academic and corporate strategies to secure a successful and sustainable future for our university and our offer. Co-ordinating and managing comprehensive changes to how the University operates its business, the CTO will lead the delivery of a critical multi-year transformation journey to align our technology, our people and our ways of working, to update and improve our services.

As our CTO, you will lead the identification and implementation of digital transformation opportunities and change processes as part of a wider technology strategy that will help to drive organisational efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring DMU puts modern digital capability at the heart of how we develop a unique student and staff experience.

The Person

As CTO you will have a track record of success in business transformation in a major public or commercial organisation operating at director level, with experience in managing people and resources across a multidisciplinary team.

You will bring the experience of transformational change of large-scale customer facing digital and information systems, within a complex environment and governance frameworks.

As someone who thrives on teamwork, you will have a demonstrable record of establishing and maintaining a strong and effective, innovative performance culture to meet corporate objectives and deliver responsive and customer focused services.

How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver in parallel with the public advertisement of the post. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Research Associate, Thomas Eade at or +44 (0)20 3928 7349.

All applicants are requested to submit a completed version of an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form with their application. The information provided will be handled in the strictest confidence and will only be used for statistical monitoring purposes.

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, please visit, quoting reference 5369. The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Monday 6th December 2021.

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Location: Leicester, England

Salary: Commensurate with experience