Director of Operations

University of Glasgow – James Watt Nanofabrication Centre

The James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) collaborates with over 90 different international universities and research institutes as well as working with just under 300 companies from 28 countries around the world. 

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Director of Operation within JWNC. Working closely with the JWNC Executive team to provide operational leadership for a flagship facility and drive forward the School’s strategy for nanofabrication, you will ensure professional and timely delivery of projects and services within its state-of-the-art clean room which is run as a quasi-industrial operation. As a member of the JWNC Executive team, you will contribute to the strategic development and planning of the JWNC to deliver its continued success.

The main focus of this role will be ensuring the JWNC delivers the very highest quality of timely output, meeting the expectations of:

  • Those undertaking research/development/prototyping work within the facility
  • The School of Engineering and the College of Science and Engineering
  • External collaborators both academic and industrial
  • Governmental funding agencies and industrial funders

In addition, you will drive the continuous improvement of the facility’s operational approach in line with emerging academic and industrial world-class standards, as well develop the JWNC’s scope for supporting academic research and enhancing its processes. You will be responsible for developing a highly professional working unit, leading a team of circa of 20 staff to deliver output supporting £100 million plus of active research grants and commercial activity.

Contributing to the strategy reviews and budget setting for JWNC, you will also act in an advisory capacity to the Executive Team, Management Board and Facility users on the physical and process development of the Facility.

You will be professionally qualified with a relevant Honours degree or technically trained in an academic/industrial engineering environment to the equivalent standard, with significant understanding of the operations of a highly diverse organisation.

With demonstrable project management skills, you will have a substantial track record in proactive planning, organising and (re)prioritising major technical projects, managing risks whilst optimising resources. You will have significant experience operating in a senior technical role in a relevant industrial or academic environment or considerable proven success in a technically important specialist area.

You will be strategic thinker with the ability to influence and positively challenge. Proven experience of effective leadership, building and motivating large teams is essential.

This position is full-time and open-ended, with a competitive starting salary.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference: 024449