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Head of Business Engagement and Employability

University of Derby

Location: Derby
Salary: £69,198 to £93,030
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 10th January 2022
Closes: 14th February 2022

The University of Derby is seeking a commercially minded academic or industry leader as its Head of Business Engagement and Employability, to work with the Provost for Innovation and Research and drive forward the University’s strategic ambitions around enterprise, business development, and employability activities.

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby builds on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels. 

Over the last ten years, the University has invested over £200 million in facilities designed to give students the very best possible learning environment and will continue to invest in teaching and research to ensure an innovative, stimulating and engaging experience for its 29,000 students, as well as the best opportunities to progress in their chosen careers. The Head of Business Engagement and Employability is a newly established senior academic leadership role that will report into the Provost for Innovation and Research and will play a leading role in driving forward the University’s strategic ambitions around enterprise, business development, and employability activities.

The postholder will provide visible cross-university leadership to develop sector leading business engagement relationships that will support the University to achieve its strategic ambitions in REF, TEF and KEF, as well as leading the University’s Careers and Employability function. The postholder will be required to build strong partnerships across industry and business to generate income for the University and opportunities for students and graduates to gain industry-relevant opportunities through work experience or internships. The Head of Business Engagement and Employability will oversee the activities that will ensure University of Derby graduates are highly skilled and valued in a competitive and changing graduate employment market. This role requires an experienced strategic leader with the knowledge and insight to drive forward an ambitious strategy at a transformational time.

You will either be a senior academic postholder, with a strong research track record and experience of business stakeholder engagement, or bring a wealth of senior leadership experience in business, with strong commercial acumen and experience of developing partnerships between industry and higher education. Experience of developing successful teams to achieve ambitious targets around one or more of the following areas is essential: research, innovation, commercial partnerships, or income generation. You will also need to demonstrate relevant and recent knowledge of graduate outcomes and the graduate employment market, and demonstrate an understanding of the impact of wider HE policies and regulations on the development of employability and engagement strategies.

If you are working at a senior academic or strategic leadership level in Higher Education, or related sector or industry, and will bring the relevant experience, knowledge and skills to support the Provost for Innovation and Research to drive the University’s ambitious strategies around business engagement, enterprise and employability, we would like to hear from you.

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 14th February 2022

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