Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor in Strategy and Enterprise

Heriot-Watt University

Job Description

Personal invitation to view our Job Brochure here Shaping Together Tomorrow

Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry.

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort

Shaping Tomorrow Together

The university is running a campaign to identify key academic talent join us across our Edinburgh, Galashiels, and Dubai campuses and across multiple Schools and Disciplines. You will join as an Assistant Professor. This is an exciting campaign to kick off in late 2022 and into 2023. So, we are really interested in hearing from you as we look to you to help us shape tomorrow together.

About our Team

Strategy and Enterprise is part of the world-renowned Edinburgh Business School. As a group we are home to the University’s biggest undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which offers a comprehensive and challenging environment for students who go on to excel in a wide range of career pathways. We also seek to provide for all staff a very strong team ethos and collegiate culture within all aspects of our activity. We place a strong emphasis upon research within the group with most staff being part of the cross school `Centre for Networks and Entrepreneurship Education’. The centre is also home to a number of high prestige academic journals. We also encourage staff to reach out into other cross school research groups as well as enabling links with research centres across the University to enable staff to maximise the impact of their research engagement. This reflects a strong inter-disciplinary approach that is embedded within our research and teaching culture. The group covers a wide range of sub-disciplines within the broad remit of Strategy and Enterprise and we are keen to encourage staff to bring their research excellence and innovative teaching practice into engaged learning strategies within both on-line and conventional learning environments.  

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Strategy and/or Enterprise. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and delivery of innovative and leading-edge education and research programmes in Strategy and/or Enterprise area. We are open to applications for candidates from the broad range of sub-disciplines within the subject areas of Strategy and Enterprise. These include but are not limited to International Business, Strategic Management, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Change and Leadership. We are seeking to appoint an aspirational team player who is looking to develop or has developed a track record in developing and managing undergraduate, postgraduate and executive-level programmes. We are keen to hear form candidates with an experience in engaging with industry, commerce and policy makers. The position also offers significant strategic development opportunities in relation to knowledge exchange, executive education and industry-focused research.

Key Responsibilities

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide leadership in the planning, organisation and development of learning and teaching activities in the subject area.
  • Lead and participate in the design, development and delivery of a range of programmes at various levels.
  • Review on a regular basis programme and course content and materials, updating when required.
  • Lead the development and application of innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and material, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
  • Ensure that course design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University and School/Institute.

Research and Scholarship

  • Working with the appropriate research centres lead the development and implementation of research and scholarship strategy within the subject area.
  • Lead and co-ordinate research and scholarship activities in the subject across the University.
  • Lead collaborative partnerships with other educational institutions or other bodies.
  • Lead collaborative University bids for scholarship, consultancy and other additional funds, including partnerships with other Schools or institutions.
  • Make presentations or exhibitions at international conferences and other similar events, demonstrating evidence of esteem within the subject (e.g., through personal invitations to speak or present).
  • Demonstrate leadership in scholarship, knowledge exchange and consultancy.

Communication, problem solving and decision making

  • Be routinely involved in complex and important negotiations internally and with external bodies.
  • Contribute to the communication of the wider University strategy within the School/Institute.
  • Act as the final arbiter in local disputes. 
  • Initiate new and original solutions to problems.            

Collaboration and Networking

  • Chair and participate on internal committees and participate in University decision making and governance.
  • Take a leading role in senior external groups, (e.g., committees in learned societies or professional institutions, editorial boards, organising committees of international conferences, research council panels or government advisory groups).
  • Lead and develop internal and external networks to foster collaboration and share information and ideas and to promote the subject and the University.
  • Promote and market the work of the School/Institute in the subject area both nationally and internationally.
  • Provide advice to external bodies.

Planning, Managing People and Resources

  • Exercise academic leadership for all subject area teaching and research activities.
  • Act as line manager for matters relating to the employment of staff and ensuring the work is allocated fairly, according to skills and capacity.   
  • Ensure that staff are suitably qualified to work within their own area.
  • Appraise and advise staff on personal and career development plans.
  • Make overall responsibility for the organising and deployment of resources within own areas of responsibility.
  • Contribute to University planning and strategic development.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

Essential criteria

  • A PhD in the relevant field
  • Possess sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to provide leadership learning, research, portfolio development and industry engagement
  • Proven track record in engaged research and scholarship
  • Demonstrable capability in engaging and enthusing students at all levels – undergraduate, post graduate and post-experience
  • Proven track-record of working in a Higher Education

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted up until midnight on 19th February 2023. 

Personal invitation to view our Job Brochure here Shaping Together Tomorrow

Interested applicants must submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system: (1) a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) a full CV; (3) A summary of their scholarship and teaching plans and ambitions; and (4) a list of publications. 

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.  Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ .

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

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