Director of Education, Research & Development Institution

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – School of Intelligent Finance and Business, XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang)

Position: Faculty (Open Rank)

Report To: Dean, School of Intelligent Finance and Business

Academic Discipline: Supply Chain, Finance & Management 

Location: Taicang, Greater Suzhou, China 


In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China. Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has around 25,000 enrolled students in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 28,000 students by 2025. There are currently about 2,000 staff, among which about 1,000 academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.

With a focus on innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the educational theory, best practice and culture from west and east.

For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn.


In 2019, the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) was launched, as a pioneers of, and an educational model for, the future university and campus in developing talents and leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges arising from the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

Developed in collaboration with the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) moved to the university’s newly opened award winning Taicang campus, within Greater Suzhou, in September 2022. As a result, there are opportunities at all levels for innovative academics in the fields represented by the following schools and education platforms: 

  • School of AI and Advanced Computing 
  • School of Intelligent Finance and Business
  • School of Intelligent Manufacturing Ecosystem
  • School of Internet of Things
  • School of CHIPS
  • School of Robotics 
  • School of Cultural Technology (part of the Academy of Film and Creative Technology)
  • Entrepreneur and Enterprise Hub 


The school is one of 7 industry-themed Schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus), and there is the capacity to grow further within the college to a total of 10 schools. Common to each School is an Education, Research and Development Institute (“ERDI”) for teaching and universitybusiness research collaboration, a professional services centre supporting daily activities of students, staff, and business partners, and a School Affiliated Company, which has been jointly established by 2 XJTLU and the School’s industry partner for practical on-the-job learning and teaching. The governance and management of the School is through a School Council. The Dean of School oversees the School Management Team as well as contributing to the leadership of the Taicang campus. The first degree programme that the School has launched for the Academic Year 2019/2020 is BSc Intelligent Supply Chain Management. 


The Deputy Dean, Director of ERDI is a member of the School Management Team. The School Management Team is led by the Dean of School and comprised of the Deputy Dean/Director of ERDI, the CEO of School JV Company, and the Director of School Office.

The main duties of include:

Work collaboratively with the Dean of School to:

  • Design, implement, and provide ongoing monitoring of the School’s teaching and learning, research, industry partnerships, engagement, and innovation strategies.
  • Promote, manage and contribute to the delivery of an effective programme of continuous development for academic members of staff to ensure they are equipped and supported to deliver high quality teaching and student experience.
  • Lead and manage the School’s business engagement initiatives with a view to building an extensive portfolio of potential industry collaborative partnerships.
  • Create, nurture, and support a healthy research environment, with agreed annual research outcomes and expectations.
  • Identify and implement strategies to maximise grant capture and research income, from both external funding bodies and business/industry.

Work collaboratively with Programme Director(s), academic members of staff, and School Office to:

  • Promote, manage and contribute to the delivery and development of appropriate undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes to the required standards expected by the ministry, university academic regulatory framework, and where necessary, appropriate professional, statutory and regulatory bodies.
  • Ensure that the school and curriculum design delivers an inclusive, enriching, and enabling learning experience, as evidenced through student satisfaction, personal development and positive degree outcomes, and to work with industry partners to achieve this.
  1. Work collaboratively with relevant School(s), College and University entities to identify opportunities for meaningful and genuine partnership and successful impact-creation for research.
  2. Manage investment funds which have been agreed by the Dean of School, Associate Principal, Principal or XJTLU Dean for Research, for Research and Innovation.
  3. Represent the Dean of School when necessary, within the College, University and externally as appropriate.
  4. Any other appropriate tasks assigned by the Dean of School.
  5. Any other appropriate tasks assigned by the University SMT, School Council or Taicang Leadership Team through the Dean of School. 


This role will attract academic leaders embodying Syntegrative Education (SE) values and are passionate in engaging in a future-focused co-learning ecosystem comprising students, academics, practitioners, university, industry, and community.

The Deputy Dean, Director of ERDI is a leader who thrives by creating impact through managing, nurturing, and enabling authentic engagement, crossboundary collaboration, collective learning and discovery programmes and activities. The candidate adopts a system mindset, understands transdisciplinarity and complexity, uses his/her knowledge, skills, and experiences to deliver success and create impact for the School, College and University. 


  • Candidates must hold a doctoral (normally PhD) degree in Supply Chain Management, Operation Management, Information System Management, Management Science, Finance, Fintech, Accounting, Business Analytics, or Digital Marketing from a world-renowned university, or able to demonstrate an equivalent professional practice and engagement to a similar level.
  • Clear understanding of the philosophy and concept of Syntegrative Education (SE) and demonstrable past teaching/industry/leadership experiences or practices aligned with Syntegrative Education (SE).
  • Candidates shall become familiar with and observe China and United Kingdom’s rules, and regulations of higher education.
  • Candidates shall have excellent leadership and management experience, and ability to motivate and inspire teams.
  • Candidates shall demonstrate excellent organisational and implementation skills, evidenced by important activities, events, projects in the past career.
  • Candidates must have a national/international reputation and demonstrate impacts in any of the academic fields relevant to the School.
  • Candidates shall have rich experience in teaching, research, academic leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic planning and financial management in a university and/or business environment.
  • Candidates are expected to have a good sense of business and industry trend, and can demonstrate a good track record of industry engagement in various forms.
  • Candidates must have a high level of communicative competence in English; an equivalent knowledge of Chinese would be an advantage.
  • Candidates with administration and management experience in international universities or Sinoforeign joint universities would be an advantage.
  • Some experience of working in a relevant industry would be an advantage. 


Please submit your applications online, by clicking the 'Apply' button.

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF file that includes the following parts in the order of:

  • An extended cover letter consisting of; a point-by-point address of your qualifications and suitability for the role using the selection criteria above o your vision for the school in the short, medium and long term (one-page maximum)
  • A current CV, including country of citizenship, current location, and highest degree level;
  • Contact details for three references (Preferably one reference from current or most recent employer). For further information, please contact the Dean of the School by email junsong.chen@xjtlu.edu.cn

If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resource Office through our HR Business Partner, at huijuan.zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn