Nanjing Programme Manager

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science


Main Campus
Western Bank


The Nanjing Tech University - University of Sheffield Joint Institute (JI) was formally approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in May 2016 with the first students to be recruited for enrolment in September 2017.

Nanjing Tech University is a comprehensive university located in Jiangsu Province, China. It has 26 colleges which provide courses in 70 disciplines. The University has 26,000 registered students and 2,800 staff members. The Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield has developed successful joint programmes with Nanjing Tech University (NJTech) in Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics. The new Joint Institute develops the relationship further with the development of additional options across these subject areas.

This is a new role which offers an exciting opportunity to work with senior academics and professional services staff across two universities to set up this new Institute. You will develop and then coordinate processes and procedures to allow the Institute to run effectively and efficiently. Your proactive approach, organisation and facilitation skills will deliver a high quality, comprehensive administrative support service to all aspects of the Institute. With an external focus requiring regular liaison with Nanjing Tech it is key that you are fluent in written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and English. You will ensure that operations run successfully across both institutions.

You will report to the Deputy Director of Operations (Academic Services) and will also work closely with the Dean of the Joint Institute and the Project Board. Working as part of the Faculty of Science Team, you will lead on coordinating activities relating to Nanjing across departments and the University, sourcing and managing support from across the Faculty and from the University’s professional services departments (working effectively with key Faculty-facing professional services staff such as Learning and Teaching Services (LeTS), Global Engagement, Research and Innovation Services (RIS), Finance and Commercial, Recruitment and Admissions).

You will line manage the Administrative Assistant, already in post, to deliver all services. You must be able to work independently, organise your own and team workload and determine priorities. You should also be able to make judgements based on your own initiative, knowledge, experience and general procedural awareness to deal with work issues. You should be able to resolve problems independently, occasionally referring more complex issues to, and seeking advice from senior colleagues and you will be responsible for handling confidential information appropriately. With a high level of self-motivation, you can work unsupervised but also be a highly effective team member who can adapt to change. A professional and flexible approach to work is required.

You will have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) and experience of working in an administrative role, within a Higher Education environment, preferably in a similar professional services role.

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