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Deputy Director and Head of IT Services

University of Huddersfield - Computing and Library Services

Location: Huddersfield
Salary: Competitive remuneration package
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th November 2020
Closes: 4th December 2020
Job Ref: R5276



Full time

Why choose the University of Huddersfield?

The University of Huddersfield’s roots go back some 160 years. We are a successful, popular and innovative University that offers a wide range of higher education and world-leading research, and we are proud of our achievements and awards. In addition to being the Times Higher Education 2013 University of the Year, recipients of the TEF Gold Award, and the leading Institution in England for professionally qualified teaching staff (HESA 2018), we won the inaugural HEA Global Teaching Award in 2017.

The University is now embarking upon a Digital transformational journey, enhancing and focusing strongly on improving the overall experience for both students and staff along with delivering efficiencies. An indicative roadmap of programmes and projects has been defined for the duration of the strategy. These include a new student portal and mobile app, data centre migration, telecommunication replacement, Office 365, Curriculum Management and many more transformational initiatives.

The role

As Deputy Director and Head of IT Services, you will lead the implementation of digital strategy projects and support the University’s overall strategic vision as well as the delivery of agile, customer focused efficient IT services.

You will assist the Director of Digital Information in the management, development and financial control of central IT services at the University, to ensure they are leading the way in reputation and results. Furthermore, you will provide strategic management and planning for the IT service within the framework provided by the University’s strategic plan.

In addition, you will provide expert advice and leadership to the University on IT and digital strategy, as well as providing direction and management to a large-scale IT services department. You will lead the implementation of digital strategy projects part of the seven-year digital strategy programme, with a particular focus on emerging technologies and trends, whilst supporting wider business needs in order to achieve the desired results.

Finally, you will be responsible for the planning, procurement, design, implementation, transition and support of the University’s IT and communication systems in respect of availability, continuity, reliability, security, resilience whilst ensuring that they are fit for purpose. You will also support the Director of Digital Information in developing and implementing Enterprise Architecture across this complex and dynamic organisation.

As an employer of choice, the University of Huddersfield offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary package dependent on experience
  • 32 days annual leave plus additional university closure days and public holidays
  • Excellent Local Government pension package
  • Access to training and development opportunities
  • A healthy work-life balance for all employees with some flexibility to work from home

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Closing date: 4 December 2020

Interview date: 8 January 2021

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