Strategic Planner

University of the West of Scotland - Strategic Planning and Development

The University of the West of Scotland is a dynamic and ambitious organisation that aims to change lives, transform communities, and encourage enterprise through outstanding, distinctive, and progressive higher education.

Our Directorate of Strategic Planning and Development is seeking to appoint a talented, self-motivated, and well-organised individual to support the implementation and monitoring of our Corporate Strategy. Working closely with the Head of Strategic Planning, you will play a key role in developing and managing the university’s operational planning process and monitoring progress against strategic performance targets.

As a Strategic Planner, you will review a range of management information and provide evidence-based briefings on relevant HE-related issues to help inform the University’s strategic direction. In this important role, you will have a demonstrable track record of analysing and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative information, and presenting clear briefings to colleagues at all levels.

You will also support the Head of Strategic Planning in engaging with the Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Government, and other external bodies. A good understanding of higher education in Scotland is therefore required, along with an ability to monitor and analyse policy developments. You will have extensive experience of developing and maintaining effective internal and external relationships, and have a proactive and creative approach to develop new or improved initiatives to ensure continuous improvement. Ideally, you will have well-developed statistical analysis skills, including data modelling, to assess and interpret a range of data sources.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Phil Grigor, Head of Strategic Planning (

Closing Date: Monday 21st August 2017.

Interview Date: Friday 15th September 2017.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “disability confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.

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