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University of St Andrews - Business School

Location: St Andrews
Salary: By Negotiation
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 11th March 2024
Job Ref: 419779

Start Date: To be Agreed

The University of St Andrews is one of the premier institutions of learning in the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK, St Andrews has an international reputation for the highest quality of research-led teaching built on its portfolio of world-leading research.

2023 saw the establishment of the University of St Andrews Business School, through a merger of the highly ranked former Schools of Management and Economics & Finance. The new Business School is a hub of research, teaching and learning excellence, and organisational and policy engagement. Its mission is to work collaboratively and collegially to conduct world-leading research; educate a diverse and inclusive cohort of brilliant students; provide outstanding research-led teaching; and deliver a first-class student experience across all levels.

At this exciting time of investment and growth in the new Business School, St Andrews seeks an outstanding Dean who will provide vision, strategic direction and academic leadership, in support of the wider University strategic ambitions to be world-leading, diverse, digital, sustainable and entrepreneurial. The Dean will act as an inspiring role model and provide leadership across learning and teaching, research, engagement and academic enterprise, further developing the new School and ensuring that it continues to provide a world-leading academic experience for students and a stimulating environment for the staff.

With proven leadership skills and the ability to communicate a strategic and ambitious vision, the appointed candidate will understand the opportunities and challenges represented by the launch of a new Business School and the competitive global landscape it will be entering. They will be experienced in uniting colleagues across academic disciplines, engaging industry partners and delivering executive education. With strong commercial acumen, entrepreneurial flair and a collaborative approach, the Dean will demonstrate the ability to lead and deliver change while building and sustaining effective working relationships, both internally and externally.

Candidates should bring either a substantial academic / research background with experience of contributing at a senior level within an organisation, or experience of holding a senior role within higher education, business, industry or a consultancy and with a strong interest in, and empathy for, a research-driven academic institution. Candidates should hold a PhD, or a higher degree or relevant experience gained in the working environment, related to the strengths of the University.

Applications are particularly welcome from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and those with other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.

How to Apply:

For further information, please visit WittKieffer's website

Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Mary Comer or Julia Anderson at WittKieffer.

Applications should include the following:  

  • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae; and
  • a covering letter (of no more than two A4 pages) summarising your experience, attributes and your view of your overall suitability for the role.

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to mcomer@wittkieffer.com or janderson@wittkieffer.com

The closing date for applications is Monday 11 March 2024 at 12 noon (UK time).

Start Date: To be Agreed

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