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Chair in Human Resources Management or Management Consulting

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business: Leeds University Business School

Location: Leeds
Salary: Grade 10 Competitive within the University's professorial salary scale
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th September 2019
Closes: 27th October 2019
Job Ref: LUBSC1417

Are you an experienced academic leader looking for a challenging senior leadership position? Are you passionate about delivering world-leading research and an exceptional student experience?

The Work and Employment Relations Division (WERD) of Leeds University Business School is one of the largest interdisciplinary groupings of social scientists working in the fields or HR, employment relations and the sociology of work and employment in the UK. Through its associated research centre, the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), the rigour and quality of the Division’s research is widely recognised for both excellence and impact on policy and practice. From January 2020, the Division will jointly host the ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (DigiT), an £8 million investment in research into the impact of digitalisation on the future of work. Professor Mark Stuart is co-director of this prestigious new ESRC research centre and Professor Chris Forde is deputy director.

WERD’s flagship MA HRM programme is one of the most popular HR programmes in Europe. The Division also offers a BA HRM programme, an MSc Management Consulting, and from September 2020, a path-breaking MSc Data Analytics and HRM. The Division also leads the University’s Q-Step Centre.

To build on and consolidate success, WERD would like to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic academic to a chair within the division. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of outstanding research and be able to provide intellectual leadership of research and teaching in the areas of HRM (broadly defined) or management consulting.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose research:

  • Compliments our developing research interests in technology at work; professions and knowledge work; regulation and labour market change; CSR and ethical HRM;
  • Addresses gaps in our research portfolio around HR Strategy and performance or international and comparative HRM.

You will have experience of leading research projects which meet international standards of academic excellence, and integrating this research into innovative learning and teaching. With a track record of sustained delivery of ambitious and imaginative academic leadership you will possess experience of effective team working and collaborative development alongside with excellent communications skills. Detailed experience of leading research initiatives and developing links with research groups in the UK and internationally will support you in this role.

Leeds University Business School is internationally renowned for the quality of its teaching, its research and its facilities. A triple accredited and top ranking European business school with more than 3000 students from around 100 countries and more than 200 academic staff, our work covers the full spectrum of business disciplines, teaching undergraduate, masters and doctoral students and creating new knowledge through research. Within Leeds University Business School, the Work and Employment Relations Division and affiliated Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) are focal points for research into work, employment, people management, professional work and management consulting.

With its ambitious team, the Division is looking to become one of the leading teams for research and education in the fields of HRM (broadly defined) and/or Management Consulting.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Andy Charlwood – Head of the Work and Employment Relations Division
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2384, email:

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