United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £49,148 to £56,950. With potential progression once in post to £74,259 a year.

08 Jun 2018
13 Jul 2018

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-59465

The University is, with Senate and Council approval, to implement a New Academic Teaching Year framework from 2020-21. Alongside relevant teams in the University and its constituent Colleges, the Senior Project Lead will work in conjunction with the Strategic Change team to develop and support the delivery of a New Academic Teaching Year profile within Academic Services and the Colleges in the University of Birmingham. 

The change will require resolution of challenges and identification of opportunities, recognising that many stakeholders will have little capacity for additional work given their ongoing activities. The successful appointee will lead, develop and manage the large scale change across Academic Services and the Colleges. In conjunction with senior colleagues and governance bodies, the Senior Project Lead will also play a role in engagement, development, and implementation of the project as a whole.

  • A degree (2.1 or above) or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Significant experience of working in Higher Education
  • Significant Project Management Experience and a consequent understanding of deliverables, deadlines, and risk management
  • Significant experience in engaging, and collaborating, with external stakeholders
  • Significant experience of working in complex organisations and successfully working across matrix management structures
  • Knowledge and significant expertise in strategic planning and translating strategy into operational plans with measurable outcomes
  • Ability to be responsive and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, whilst maintaining delivery of core goals and priorities
  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent, complex projects/programmes of work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to achieve buy-in across a spectrum of stakeholders, adapting approaches to meet the different needs of Academic Services Divisions and Colleges
  • Credibility and gravitas to influence a range of colleagues across the University
  • Ability to persuade and negotiate effectively with all stakeholders
  • Ability to write reports and papers for a range of audiences including the University Executive Board, on behalf of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) and Academic Registrar
  • Understanding of the student lifecycle (i.e. admission; registration; learning; assessment; progression; award; graduation), and academic activity (i.e. research and teaching), and an ability to grasp quickly the challenges presented to these stakeholders by the New Academic Teaching Year
  • Understanding of academic programme management, maintenance of standards and quality in education
  • Experience of working with academic colleagues in a Higher Education setting or similar
  • Self-starting ability to research and master quickly the activity of a service or academic function and, with appropriate consultation and reflection, identify challenges andoffer solutions
  • High level of self-motivation and personal accountability with ability to plan and deliver goals to deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to design and maintain operational processes which support the ongoing delivery of complex programmes

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