Deputy Director Strategic Projects Office (SPO) – Strategic Change

Job title Deputy Director Strategic Projects Office (SPO) – Strategic Change

Department Vice-Chancellor's Office

Salary Starting from £51,034, rising to £59,135

2-year fixed term contract or secondment

Grade Grade 9

Placed on Friday 16 July 2021

Closing date Sunday 01 August 2021

Interview date See advert

Reference CC8391R

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This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future direction of the University of Bath.

In this high-profile strategic role, working with the Director, you will lead the establishment and delivery of a change management capability within the Strategic Projects Office. You will provide advice to the Director, University Executive Board and stakeholders across the University and ensure we develop change capability across the University.

You will work closely with Heads/Directors of Academic and Professional Services Departments, colleagues, students and the wider community to create a shared approach to delivering strategic change; ensuring that it is fully utilised across the University to deliver meaningful long-term benefits.

You will provide leadership, guidance, and expert advice on all areas of the identification, resourcing and delivery of strategic change across the University and the realisation of the University Strategy.

About you:

As an experienced Change Manager, you will enjoy building and leading change capability across complex organisations with diverse stakeholder groups.  With experience of delivering change in demanding project and programme environments with digitalisation/technology components, you will also have:

  • A track record of delivering strategic and cultural change
  • Strong Programme and Project management knowledge, application and experience
  • Relevant qualifications in change management or equivalent experience, along with a project management qualification
  • Operations management knowledge, application and experience
  • A track record of delivering qualitative and quantitative benefits
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and managing strong working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to adapt communication style to suit the audience and to work with staff at all levels, including the most senior level of the organisation.
  • Understanding of future challenge for HEIs

Our commitment to you:

We value, promote, and celebrate inclusion. We believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our staff and students. Our assessment approach ensures you will have the opportunity to promote your individuality, and we will make all offers based on your competencies and experience relative to the role. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award.

We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Our benefits:

We are a family friendly workplace and are open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. We recognise the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package including a generous employer pension scheme and annual leave entitlement and are encouraging of your personal and professional development, along with (but not limited to):

  • A flexible working environment
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Employee discount scheme

For further information:

Please contact Sharon Street for more information however, please submit your application via the University website. We expect to be interviewing for this role w/c 23rd August.

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Further details:

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.