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Head of Collections Acquisitions and Discovery

University of Southampton - Collections & Digital Library Systems

Location: Southampton
Salary: £39,739 to £50,296 Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: 1544221KX

Location:  Highfield Campus

Do you want to make a difference? Are you able to provide the business acumen and management style to support a world-leading university achieve its strategic aims during these exceptional times? This is a great time to join the University of Southampton Library as Head of Collections Acquisitions and Discovery. This key role will manage and develop our acquisitions, reading lists and metadata teams. The post-holder to will provide expertise and insights into trends in scholarly publishing, and work collaboratively with colleagues from across the Library to identify and incorporate academic and student priorities into the development and discovery of Library physical and digital collections. The role involves the management of overseeing the Library content budget (currently c. £5+ million/year), significant internal and external liaison and direct negotiation with publishers, participation in purchasing consortia, and national agreements. The role requires excellent communication and people skills. 

About the University of Southampton

Nestled between the New Forest and the sea in the beautiful county of Hampshire, with excellent transport links, the University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, we are renowned for our innovation and enterprise. We are a founding member of the Russell Group - an organisation of 24 top UK universities committed to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.

We are committed to our strategic principles of collegiality, quality, environmental sustainability and global reputation. We value equality and diversity and are a founding signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter. Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time or some working from home. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need.

As part of our commitment to your well-being we offer an occupational pension scheme and generous holidays. Staff also have access to our state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts, and culture facilities, a full programme of events, and access to a number of University employee-discount schemes.

Further information about working at University can be found on our website.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email

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