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Professor and Head of the Department of People & Organisations

University of Surrey - Surrey Business School

Location: Guildford
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 062521

Interview Date: Friday 19 November 2021

The University of Surrey is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader as Head of the Department of People and Organisations within Surrey Business School (SBS).

Ranked 8th in the UK for business and economics, SBS is the University’s largest School with over 110 academic staff members from around the globe and a highly cohesive and collegial atmosphere. The School is dedicated to inspiring positive change in business and society, individuals and organisations, locally and globally by blending the rigour of high-quality impactful research with excellent teaching and the strengths of a technology-led university.  Research within the School and across the University is highly interdisciplinary.

As Head, you will serve on the School’s Senior Management Team, leading a Department with an international reputation for research excellence in Work and Organisational Psychology, Leadership, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Providing the Department with operational and strategic leadership, promoting world-class research, attracting significant research funds, and advancing excellence and innovation in education and the student experience will be at the heart of all you do.

Outstanding leadership and strategic credentials, international academic standing, and a clear and collegial working style are key requirements of the role.

The appointment as Head will be for five years, subject to renewal, and will go hand in hand with a full-time professorial position.

With an outstanding campus, excellent international transport links and a vibrant regional economy, Surrey offersrich opportunities for partnership and innovation with commercial, public, and third sector organisations in the region, alongside a high quality of life.

Formal interviews will take place on 19th November 2021.

To find out more about the role, please see the attached candidate pack.

For a confidential discussion, contact Christopher Lake or Sabine Tilly at Syllogism on +44 (0)20 3417 6076 or email

Applications should be emailed to by the closing date of  31st October 2021.

Further details:

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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