Dean of School – Business School

Edinburgh Napier University - The Business School

Does the prospect of setting a clear strategic vision of a leading business school with a turnover of GBP 20million and 9k students excite you? Are you an entrepreneurial and inspirational leader with a proven record of delivering results and leading from the front? If so, the position of Dean at Edinburgh Napier Business School could be the perfect career opportunity for you.

It is an exciting time to consider this Senior Leadership role here at Edinburgh Napier University. Aligning to our overarching Strategy 2020, we are looking for someone who will lead our staff to deliver excellence through their research and teaching to our students, whilst bringing strong industry networks with them that provide opportunity for student employability, investment and growth within the local community of our Business school.

About the School

At the heart of Scotland's inspiring capital, Edinburgh Napier Business School is one of the largest and most modern Business Schools in Scotland. The School offers a distinctive, inclusive and dynamic educational environment. It has ambitious plans aligned to its growth strategy and intends to develop a range of new programmes with the vision to be a leading Accredited Business School renowned for its excellent teaching, innovative programmes, research and business engagement.

The Role

In this high visibility senior leadership role, you will develop the vision and strategy for the school. You will grow the School's academic reputation, provide an outstanding experience for students, develop an inspiring environment for staff to build their careers and work closely with diverse external partners to build mutually beneficial and long lasting relationships.

This role will lead the Universities strategic objectives and ensure the school is recognised by exceeding them, as we approach 2020 and beyond. 

The primary areas of focus are:

  1. Deliver an excellent personalised student experience
  2. Build innovation, enterprise and citizenship
  3. Internationalise our work
  4. Grow our Academic Reputation

Who We Are Looking For

As Dean of the Business School, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Group of the University and play a key role in delivering our Strategy 2020 ambitions.  You will create and set a compelling vison and strategy for the school, manage a multi-million pound budget and provide the leadership to help us attract, retain and motivate the best possible academic staff. You’ll be a role model of our University's values and will inspire outstanding performance. A track record of demonstrating innovative approaches of building sustainable business development activity is critical.

This role will suit someone with significant commercial and entrepreneurial skills alongside senior leadership experience of a similar scale and complexity. Experience of running your own business, work in industry, or previous Higher Education experience would be favourable.  

You will also possess exceptional influencing and networking skills with the ability to identify, and nurture areas of collaboration in Edinburgh and beyond. International travel will be required as part of the role.

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