Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

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Queen's University Belfast


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Role Managed by:

Dr Richard Boffey

Head of Research

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6222

f: +44 (0) 20 7340 6201


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 31/10/2018

Formal Interview Date: Early December

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, with an annual turnover of some £350m, over 23,000 students and 4,000 staff, Queen’s plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. A member of the Russell Group, Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. The University has recently welcomed Professor Ian Greer as its new President and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Greer is committed to ensuring Queen’s continues to be a world-class global university with regional impact, and he is ambitious to drive the University’s research and educational offering through significant investment in the coming years.

It is in this evolving context that Queen’s is seeking a Registrar and Chief Operating Officer to join as a key member of the University Executive Board. Holding overall management responsibility for the professional services, and a budget of c.£100 million, the RCOO will be responsible for the effective operational management of the University, ensuring that its activities and structures are aligned and managed effectively to deliver the implementation of the Corporate Plan, and the University’s vision of academic achievement and social responsibility. The post-holder will act as the most senior non-academic advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and will be a key contributor to pan-institutional strategic decision making. S/he, along with other members of the senior leadership team, will also play a key role in developing and maintaining an effective relationship with local and regional government, NHS and industry partners and stakeholders, ensuring that the University strategy is aligned with those of partner organisations.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of shaping modern, cost-effective and service-oriented professional service operations within large and complex organisations. S/he will have significant experience with multi-stakeholder engagement and organisational change in a Higher Education environment, while also implementing an inclusive, partnership approach to leadership. The RCOO will be passionate about education and research and have an empathy with Queen’s strategic vision and values. Queen’s is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all forms. The University wishes to encourage applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity in its leadership team.

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st October.