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Programmes Director, Faculty of Transport and Logistics

Muscat University

Appointment will be appropriate to the profile of the successful candidate at the Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Reader level.

Job description
Muscat University, Sultanate of Oman, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced academic to implement and lead a set of three new degree programme within a new university that commenced operation in 2017 with strong support from private and Government sources in this fascinating and fast-growing country. The Faculty of Transport and Logistics comprises of the BSc Logistics with Supply Chain in partnership with Aston University in the UK, and the MSc Air Transport Management as well as the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management; both in partnership with Cranfield University in the UK. Graduates from the programmes will receive degrees from both Muscat and Aston/Cranfield, and international accreditation will be sought.

As Programmes Director you will have full responsibility for completing development of the programme, for recruiting and leading a staff team, and for ensuring successful delivery of operations, albeit with a small initial student cohort. You will be experienced in a wide range of learning and teaching approaches, and will be able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment. You will also work in effective collaboration with academic colleagues in Muscat, Aston and Cranfield to enhance curricula, foster interdisciplinary links, and contribute to the wider strategic, academic and operational leadership of the University.

Responsibilities

Academic

  1. Continue the development and ongoing management of the BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management programme in conjunction with Aston University, UK, capitalizing on the successful launch in October 2017.
  2. Continue the development and ongoing management of the MSc Air Transport Management and MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, in conjunction with Cranfield University, capitalizing on the successful launch in October 2017.
  3. Oversee the industrial placement element of the programmes building ties with industry to facilitate placement of students.
  4. Ensure all necessary content and material is in place for the programme in time for each part of the course to be delivered: this will involve adaptation of Aston-sourced material to the Oman context, and the addition of supplementary material for example to illustrate logistics applications relevant to Oman industry.
  5. Ensure all necessary pastoral support is available to students both at Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate levels to enable them to succeed on their programmes.
  6. Recruit and induct the necessary staff and lead delivery and practical organization of flying
    faculty from the partner universities with the aim of maintaining the highest possible standards in learning, teaching and assessment.
  7. Contribute to wider academic policy and planning across the University.
  8. Ensure fulfilment of University responsibilities in student admissions, instruction, progression and examination; availability of pastoral assistance and adherence to the relevant regulations.
  9. Monitor student attendance and performance, and obtain student feedback in order to enhance the course over time.
  10. Develop and monitor appropriate evaluation, quality assurance and enhancement mechanisms.
  11. Consult with international professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), with a view to successfully securing accreditation when the first cohort graduates, and work to ensure that accreditation requirements are fully met.
  12. Consult with relevant national regulators, primarily the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) to ensure that statutory requirements are met and that university’s policies, systems and procedures are observed and applied.
  13. Undertake suitable personal scholarship and in due course, develop with colleagues appropriate research activities and ensure synergy between research and teaching.

Planning and management

  1. Lead disciplinary input to the recruitment and selection of students, ensuring fair and transparent processes are followed and that able, motivated students enter the programme.
  2. Coordinate with Aston and Cranfield colleagues to ensure that the programmes are of the same quality and rigour as the partner equivalent and that good practice is exchanged between the three Universities.
  3. Oversee the training and induction of Muscat staff to achieve Aston / Cranfield ‘Recognised Teacher Status’.
  4. Develop a programme delivery plan in consultation with senior University management and take responsibility for its implementation.
  5. Plan, budget for and organise the programme resources to ensure effective delivery, review monthly spend, monitor and ensure budgetary compliance and make a case for further investments as necessary.
  6. Ensure that the highest standards of good practice are observed in respect of health, safety, environment and professional ethics.
  7. Undertake other tasks as requested by University senior management.

Communications and external relations

  1. Act as the first point of contact on all academic issues connected with the programmes.
  2. Assist University staff in the promotion of the Faculty’s offerings in order to attract a high quality student intake and build a strong reputation with employers.
  3. Maintain, extend and utilise personal networks within the national HE sector and across the international logistics and supply chain community, creating a strong profile and esteem for Muscat University, and participate in relevant international conferences, etc., to this end.
  4. Network into the national HE sector and relevant practitioner community.
  5. Develop extensive links with employers, assemble an advisory panel including representatives of major employers of engineers, and draw on and apply the advice of panel members as appropriate.
  6. Monitor and ensure the quality of communications between the programme and external stakeholders.

Person specification 

Essential

Method of assessment

Education and qualifications

  • Education to doctoral level in logistics and supply chain or a closely related discipline
  • High professional and ethical standards
  • CV and covering 
  • letter
  • Attested documents

Experience

  • Proven experience in delivery of logistics and supply chain education at undergraduate level
  • Proven experience of supervising theses at Master’s level
  • Experience in programme design
  • Experience of communicating effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Financial management experience
  • CV and covering letter, interview and presentation

Aptitude and skills

  • Excellent communication and 
  • interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work across cultural and geographic boundaries
  • Planning, budgeting and organisational skills
  • Ability to build and lead a strong 
  • academic team
  • Project management capability
  • A good knowledge of standard Microsoft packages (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work and build relationships with a range of partners, stakeholders and external clients and contractors
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interview and presentation

Essential

Method of assessment 

  • Excellent presentation skills 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Willingness and availability to liaise with international colleagues within and outside normal working hours 

Desirable

Method of assessment

Education and qualifications

  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply or of a similar professional institution
  • Experience in an industry relevant to logistics and supply chain
  • CV and covering letter

Experience

  • Strong personal networks in academia and industry
  • Record of pedagogical innovation
  • Familiarity with quality assurance and international accreditation requirements
  • Successful research experience in logistics and supply chain or a cognate discipline
  • Experience of line management
  • CV and covering letter, interview and presentation

Aptitude and skills

  • Enthusiasm for international collaboration
  • Interview and presentation

Location: Muscat, Oman (some local, regional and international travel may be required).
Hours: Full Time. Hours as necessary for the role.
Responsible to: DVC -Academic
Terms and conditions: The appointment will be made at the appropriate level, according to the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered. Annual leave entitlement will be 30 days plus private sector national holidays applicable in Oman.

Further Information:

Background to Muscat University

The concept of a new, high quality university in Muscat was approved by Oman’s Education Council within the framework of Government efforts to develop human resources in Oman in cooperation with leading figures in both the public and private sectors.

Since November 2013, Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford in the UK, has been working as lead consultant for the project which is supported by a large group of Omani business leaders and the Omani government.

Muscat University is innovative and entrepreneurial with close connections to the business communities of Oman and the wider region. Its programmes combine academic rigour with relevance to the world of work. The first intake of students for Pathway programmes took place in late 2016, with the first intake of degree programme students in September 2017.

Mission: The mission of Muscat University is to transform individuals and communities through teaching, research, and third-stream activities that are excellent and relevant. Muscat University will achieve success through:

  • innovative, entrepreneurial and ethical approaches to its structure and to all its activities;
  • scholarship that embraces collaboration and community engagement;
  • a learning environment that is supportive, creative and fulfilling; and
  • an inclusive culture of global citizenship.

Vision: Muscat University’s vision is to create a higher education environment in Oman for both Omani and international students that is conducive to producing future leaders in both the public and private sectors. These leaders will be capable of operating internationally and will reflect the core values of the University:

  • A strong commitment to ethics: this is central and critical to our long-term success as a University. Every University student, staff and faculty member must hold themselves to the highest ethical standards.
  • Full compliance with all laws and regulations of Oman and of any other country in which students, staff or faculty are active.
  • A learning environment that is positive, creative and rewarding, promoting individual expression, entrepreneurship, innovation and achievement. Students, staff and faculty are offered opportunities to grow personally and professionally and all are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Responsible business practices and social investments to create long-term sustainable value in helping transform societies and communities, in conserving limited resources, and in protecting the environment.
  • An environment that encourages and enables innovation and entrepreneurship forms the core of the University’s structure and activities.

Guiding principles: Underpinning the vision of the University are five key guiding principles:

  1. Muscat University will be an innovative and entrepreneurial university.
  2. Muscat University must demonstrate to the nation of Oman and to the wider regional and global community that the education it offers is appropriate and effective.
  3. Muscat University recognizes that the skills required to be effective in the workforce of the 21st century are substantially different from those of earlier times.
  4. Muscat University will ensure that technological innovation is built into the fabric of the University so that it is able to adapt swiftly and effectively to the ever more rapidly changing context of higher education.
  5. Muscat University will seek to position itself as an institution that has international relevance as well as local and regional relevance.

Structure: The structure of the University is similar to that of many leading universities in the UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, and indeed of the majority of Oman’s universities. The University is governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Trustees. It is managed strategically and operationally by the Vice-Chancellor who is advised and assisted by a senior leadership team comprising a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance and Administration, and, later, a Chief Operating Officer.

Campus: Muscat University is currently operating from an impressive state-of-the-art premises on Sultan Qaboos Street beside the Porsche showroom and opposite the Avenues Mall in central Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. The permanent campus is being planned for construction in the coming years on land at Airport Heights.

Faculties and programmes: Muscat University offers degree programmes through three

  • Faculty of Business and Management
    • BSc Accounting for Management   
    • MSc Finance and Management
    • MSc Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • MSc Energy Systems and Thermal Processes
    • MSc Process Systems Engineering
  • Faculty of Transport and Logistics
    • BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management
    • MSc Air Transport Management
    • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The international partner for the Bachelor degrees is Aston University (UK) and the partner for the Master’s degree is Cranfield University (UK). The programmes will be co-delivered by flying academic staff from the UK and Muscat University academics. Students will receive certificates from Muscat University and the relevant international partner university (Aston or Cranfield).

For more information or to apply, please contact Chris Boote at SearchHigher at c.boote@searchhigher.com or on +44 2476 522050.

Location: Muscat - Oman
Salary: A competitive compensation and benefits package
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd August 2018
Closes: 2nd September 2018
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