Director of Communications & Marketing

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the leading academic institutions in the world offering an exciting, positive, creative and rewarding place to work.  At the forefront of international research and with a focus on high quality teaching and student support, we have grown and developed significantly in recent years and are consistently ranked in the world’s top 50 universities. With an annual turnover of more than £909 million, 13,500 staff and 37,500 students we are the largest university in Scotland and firmly established as a truly global institution.

At a time of huge change and opportunity within the sector, this is an excellent time to join us as our new Director of Communications and Marketing. We have ambitious plans for the future and this is a role which provides a platform to influence across a world-leading university.

Pro-active communications and marketing are central to our continued success and we are looking for an inspiring professional to help take forward our ambitious, far-reaching strategy. Working across a complex global organisation it is essential that you help us achieve even more influence, lead on digital and stakeholder engagement and develop messages which captures the imagination of all our target audiences. Working closely with our Principal and senior colleagues it’s essential that our new Director keeps raising our profile and enhancing our identity through a positive communications strategy. In a fast-moving world we never have, and never will, stand still.

We need a highly effective strategic leader who brings a truly collaborative approach to partnership working and who recognises a unique opportunity to influence how we are perceived nationally and internationally. With outstanding credentials and credibility, you’ll have a strong track record of increasing an organisation’s visibility and profile, and whilst a background in the HE sector isn’t essential, you’ll bring experience of developing cohesive and creative teams who enhance organisational reputations. Able to anticipate issues and opportunities, your persuasive style will challenge, inspire and engage in equal measures.

To find out more about having a lasting contribution at the heart of our organisation, please visit the GatenbySanderson website for further information. For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at GatenbySanderson, Nick Roberts on 0113 205 6101, or

Closing date is: 9:00am Monday 8th January 2018