Appointment of Chair in Operations Management

University of Liverpool - University of Liverpool Management School

The University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) seeks to appoint an outstanding academic leader as Chair in Operations Management.

The School sits in the top 5% of business schools globally and is well positioned to enhance its national and international standing as it moves into its next phase of development, giving particular emphasis to extending the volume and reach of its world-class research activity. AACSB accredited and with its full-time MBA ranked in the Economist top 100, ULMS has 170 academic staff who enjoy a strongly collegial, research-supportive, and intellectually vibrant interdisciplinary environment. Well-connected with industry and the professions, the School’s research activity and external relationships have clear real-world impact. The School’s new extension in the Georgian quarter of Liverpool has state-of-the-art facilities including a trading room and a marketing suite.

Student numbers, calibre and satisfaction are high, with a strong PhD cohort. In addition to the main Liverpool campus, ULMS offers a range of City-relevant programmes at its London campus in Finsbury Square, including a CFA recognised Masters in Finance and Investment Management, and significant online provision, as well as programme and research collaborations with its international partner, the International Business School, Suzhou (the Business School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, near Shanghai).

In its wider University setting, the School benefits both from connections with key research institutes (the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, the Heseltine Institute of Public Policy, and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems) and the on-going advancement of the University under the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, and from its location in a city which combines strong cultural activity, excellent transport links, and regional beauty with a world heritage skyline.  Liverpool is highly ranked on quality of life in the UK, while remaining one of Britain’s most affordable cities.

Operations Management at the School currently makes up about half of the Marketing and Operations Subject Group, which comprises 40 academics and 30 PhD students and delivers highly successful specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as modules across all programmes in the School.  Research in Operations Management has a broad scope and includes operations and supply chain design, organisational agility, maritime logistics, technology management, product innovation management, strategic procurement, project management and service operations management and design in the private, public and third sectors. 

Publishing in world-class journals, the Chair will be recognised internationally as a leader in the field of operations management.  Applications are welcome from those with research interests across the broad spectrum of Operations Management, including from those with strengths in technology and innovation management and in data analytics.

The ability to provide outstanding research and education leadership and to develop colleagues, alongside a strong network of contacts in the international academic community, are key requirements of the role. 

Salary will be internationally competitive, commensurate with the appointee’s accomplishment and potential.

Formal interviews will be held at the University on Thursday, 15 February 2018, with short-listed candidates being invited to give a presentation to the School and to meet academic colleagues the day before.

To find out more about the role, and how to apply for it, please go to

For a confidential discussion, contact Christopher Lake or Sabine Tilly at Syllogism on +44 (0)20 3417 6076 or email

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