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Head of Digital Innovation

University of Warwick - Information Digital Group (IDG)

Location: Coventry, Hybrid
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 17th March 2024
Job Ref: 920503

About the Job

The Information Digital Group (IDG) at the University of Warwick are currently recruiting for a Head of Digital Innovation. Your role will be to pioneer the exploration and application of cutting-edge digital solutions at the University of Warwick. By cultivating an ecosystem of vendor partnerships and internal collaborations, this role will promote a dynamic environment to swiftly trial innovative ideas and technologies.

You will use numerous approaches, including innovation campaigns, workshops, hackathons, challenges, contests, and everything in between, including multi-modal ideation (sourcing ideas using multiple activities operating with different objectives, target audiences, and cadences). Embracing a “learn & improve fast” approach, you will propel the university’s digital frontier, ensuring that innovations align with strategic objectives and deliver genuine value. Your mandate will encompass exploring emerging technologies, conducting feasibility assessments, and collaborating with Enterprise Architects to prioritise initiatives that drive value and differentiation.

Drawing upon your expertise, you will foster a culture of creativity and experimentation, encouraging cross-functional collaboration and the exploration of novel ideas. Through your leadership, you will oversee the development of prototypes, pilots, and proofs of concept to validate the potential impact of innovative solutions. Collaborating with internal and external partners, you will spearhead the creation of strategic partnerships, while ensuring that the university remains compliant with data protection and security regulations.

What we are looking for

Educated to degree level or have equivalent professional experience, you will have significant experience in a digital leadership position with a proven track record of crafting and executing digital innovation strategies in dynamic environments. You will have strong relationship management experience with technology vendors and expertise in overseeing a diverse portfolio of digital projects. As well as strong technical capabilities, you will have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to inspire, mentor and guide teams.

About the University of Warwick

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. We’re one of the world’s top universities, ranked 67th in the world and 10th in the UK*, with 92% of our research assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’**. *QS World University Rankings 2024 ** Research Excellence Framework 2021

You’ll be joining a diverse, innovative and globally connected community committed to igniting real world progress. Here at Warwick, we offer you opportunities to follow your ambitions as long as you bring the energy and determination to succeed.

What will you get in return?

  • 30 days of paid annual leave, four shut down days at Christmas, and eight bank holidays
  • A competitive pension scheme
  • Free eye care vouchers
  • Preferred rates for a dental plan
  • Discounts at Warwick Arts Centre and Warwick Sport Membership
  • Enrolment onto the Employee Assistance Programme, a complete support network that offers expert advice and guidance 24/7

To view the full Job Description & Person Specification please click here.

Interview date will be in the weeks commencing 18th and 25th March.

The University of Warwick has appointed SearchHigher as their recruitment partner for this campaign; please apply above by submitting a CV & Cover Letter in Word Document format, or you can also email your documents to enquiries@searchhigher.com. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Gary Checketts on 07392125550.

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