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Departmental Manager

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum (Grade 8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th February 2019
Closes: 25th February 2019
Job Ref: UOS021618

We are seeking an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Departmental Manager for the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, who will bring vision, energy and a commitment to leading excellent service delivery for staff and students. You will have overall management responsibility for professional administrative and technical services for the Department.

You will work under the direction of, and in partnership with Prof Rob Freckleton, Head of the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, and Dr. Nina Cardinal, Faculty Director of Operations for the Faculty of Science. You will sit on, and be an active member of the Department’s Executive Committee and be instrumental in shaping and influencing the strategic direction of the Department.

You will devise objectives, plans and strategies to respond to Department, Faculty and University aims; and initiate and contribute to Department, Faculty and University projects; leading on these where appropriate. You will have demonstrable experience of leadership in higher education or the public sector, and in managing complex business activity. You will be able to demonstrate effective negotiation, analytical and influencing skills with the ability to balance competing agendas and priorities to reach an effective outcome.

You will have a good honours degree and knowledge and experience of the Higher Education sector (or a similar complex organisation) with a strong understanding of the core academic activities.

The University of Sheffield is an internationally leading centre of excellence in biology, with world class research facilities. Biology at Sheffield was ranked 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise and 37th in the world (THE World University rankings 2011-12). We also have an outstanding reputation for the quality and breadth of expertise in biological teaching and are ranked 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2012). The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is one of the largest departments in the UK devoted to the study of whole organism biology, with over 45 academic staff, 50 support staff and 130 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. We have a strong ethos of research-led teaching and a high standard of student recruitment. We enroll over 180 undergraduate students per year on to 7 degree programmes and are ranked 4th in the UK for biological sciences teaching (The Complete University Guide 2010). We form one of four parts of the School of Biological Sciences, together with the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Psychology. Our research covers cells and genes, the behaviour of individuals and the functioning of populations, communities and ecosystems (see

The Departmental Administration Team currently comprises five full-time and two part-time members of staff. The team provides a comprehensive administrative support service for all teaching and research activities and for HR and staff recruitment processes and is also the main reception point for the department, handling enquiries from staff, students and externally, by phone, email or in person. The Department also has an extensive technical team consisting of over 20 staff who support teaching and research labs, run the departments research facilities such as controlled environment chambers and mass spectrometry, provide general electrical maintenance and operational support.

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