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Professor/Associate Dean for Business and Enterprise

Heriot-Watt University

Contract: Full-time (35 hours per week) 

Who we are

Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Business School (EBS) is a global leader in high-quality, accessible, practice-oriented business education and research. With campuses in the United Kingdom, Dubai, and Malaysia, we inspire and empower a diverse, inclusive community of students that other institutions cannot reach. We partner with businesses and governments to translate knowledge into practice and deliver innovative solutions that improve the world. Our industry-leading research projects in logistics, supply chain management, industrial decarbonisation, inclusive workplaces, and sustainable capitalism connect across disciplines to address society’s most pressing challenges.

At EBS, we are practical, engaged, connected, and inspired. We foster a community that nurtures collaboration and ambition, and we aim to transform lives and organisations through our innovative approach to education and research. We pursue excellence through relevance, providing transformative lifelong skills and outcomes for our students. We leverage our vibrant research community, our strategic partnerships, and our talented network of faculty and staff to make a difference and create lasting global change.

Who we're looking for

At Edinburgh Business School, we envision a future where our contributions improve the world and leave a meaningful legacy for generations to come. We are eager to welcome faculty and staff who will help us forge the future through groundbreaking research, innovative pedagogy, and dynamic professional services. We are looking for colleagues who:

  • Understand and embrace the value of accessible, practice-oriented learning and research.
  • Pursue excellence both individually and collectively.
  • Know the value of collaboration.
  • Embrace our inclusive, global community.
  • Are passionate about making a difference.

What we provide

At EBS, our pursuit of fairness and inclusivity make us a destination of choice for academic talent. Our global network, engaged community, receptive leadership, and flexible management allow our people to thrive. We freely foster ambition. We are agile and open-minded. We listen, and we adapt. Through opportunities, support, resources, and recognition, we strive to ensure that every member of staff feels a genuine sense of fulfilment, belonging, and potential. Our collaborative efforts are geared towards our fundamental purpose and drive: at EBS, we make difference. And we are committed to supporting our people every step of the way.

Purpose of role

We are seeking to appoint a Professor in Edinburgh Business School to provide leadership for the School’s knowledge exchange activity  as Associate Executive Dean for Business and Enterprise. The successful candidate will have an extensive track record of engaging with business, public and policy communities, and have been involved in fostering the development of knowledge exchange activities across academic communities. They will provide effective strategic leadership in development of innovative knowledge exchange activities, including, KTPs, industry focused research, consultancy and executive education. The role-holder will be part of the School’s senior leadership team.

We are seeking to appoint an individual with a track record in developing and managing undergraduate, postgraduate and executive-level programmes, combined 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 duties & responsibilities

The post holder will take on leadership of all knowledge exchange and associated activities as Associate Executive Dean for Business and Enterprise. This activity will play a critical role in the implementation of the School’s strategy in the context of our objective to be a global leader in accessible, practice-oriented business education and research.

The post holder will join the School’s leadership team, working collaboratively with colleagues from across all Departments in our Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia campuses.

As a Professor in Edinburgh Business School, the post holder is also required to:

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide leadership in the planning, organisation and development of learning and teaching activities in their 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).

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.

Please note this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Essential & Desirable Criteria

Essential

The successful candidate should have:

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in a 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 leadership in a Higher Education institution.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 19th of March 2024.

At Heriot Watt we are passionate about our values and look to them to connect our people globally and to help us collaborate and celebrate our success through working together. Our research programmes can deliver real world impact which is achieved through the diversity of our international community and the recognition of creative talent that connects our global team.

Our flourishing community will give you the freedom to challenge and to bring your enterprising mind and to help our partners with solutions that can be applied now and in the future. Join us and Heriot Watt will provide you with a platform to thrive and work in a way that also helps you live your life in balance with well-being and inclusiveness at the heart of our global community.

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 www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers disc.hw.ac.uk.

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

Use our total rewards calculator: www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas & Immigration website: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

About Heriot-Watt University

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.

At Heriot Watt we are passionate about our values and look to them to connect our people globally and to help us collaborate and celebrate our success through working together. Our research programmes can deliver real world impact which is achieved through the diversity of our international community and the recognition of creative talent that connects our global team.

Our flourishing community will give you the freedom to challenge and to bring your enterprising mind and to help our partners with solutions that can be applied now and in the future. Join us and Heriot Watt will provide you with a platform to thrive and work in a way that also helps you live your life in balance with well-being and inclusiveness at the heart of our global community. 

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: Grade 10 (from £66,857, negotiable based on experience and skills)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 19th March 2024
Job Ref: 3617
   
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