Department Manager (92832)

University of Strathclyde - Pure and Applied Chemistry

FTE; 1 (35 hours/week)
Fixed-term (12 months with the possibility of further extension)

The Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde is a vibrant and ambitious Department with a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching and a growing knowledge exchange portfolio. We have an international research reputation spanning the breadth of chemistry. In addition, we host centres of excellence in Forensic Science, Molecular Nanometrology, and Process Analytics & Control Technology, as well as being a key contributor to the University’s Centre for Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation.

In the recent REF 2014 exercise we were placed 4th in the UK as judged by the GPA-Power Ranking with 94% of our research rated as internationally excellent or internationally leading. Our Department’s research is supported by many sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, EU, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and features very strong connections with industry. The Department has excellent research facilities, including state of the art laboratories with access to additional resources through our WestCHEM partnership with the University of Glasgow.

We are looking to recruit a Department Manager, who as a member of the Departmental Executive Committee will undertake a leading role in the development and delivery of the vision and strategic plans for operational activities in alignment with Departmental/University objectives to ensure excellence in teaching and student experience; research; and knowledge exchange, administration services; information technology, information systems; and health & safety. Central for the strategic planning is the development of policy and procedures to meet short term operational and service targets and the creation of longer-term vision and strategy for delivering operational excellence and value for money.

The post holder will also be closely involved in the delivery of the Department’s operations as well as participate in wider Faculty and University initiatives that are of strategic operational importance. You will also advise and support the Head of Department on annual and longer term budget planning for operational and wider Departmental strategic activities. One key duty will be to lead the industrial placements team to ensure 4th year undergraduate students are placed for a year within industry. The post holder will also be closely involved in the short-term and day-to-day delivery of the Department’s operations as well as participate in wider Faculty and University initiatives that are of strategic operational importance.

To be considered for the role you will be educated to a minimum of Degree level in a relevant subject, or have significant equivalent experience. You will have managerial experience at a senior level and knowledge and experience of successful project management and of leading and managing a varied team. You will have a strong track record of successfully overseeing the business planning process for large and complex budgets and resources and have experience of developing short and long-term strategic plans in alignment with wider organisational targets and objectives. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders, strong organisational skills with the ability to delegate effectively and a proven ability to lead, to manage change where required, inspire confidence, encourage a team-based approach, and build effective working relationships with academic, research, administrative and support staff.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Duncan Graham Head of Department  (

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