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Business Designer, Growing Research Together

The University of Edinburgh - CSG / Growing Research Together Programme, Edinburgh Research Office

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £45,585 to £54,395 (A revised salary range for this grade of £48,350 to £59,421 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th February 2024
Closes: 27th March 2024
Job Ref: 9766

Full-time (35 hours per week)

Fixed-term: 24 months

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Business Designer to join our team and act as a specialist in our programme – Growing Research Together. Are you a highly organised, pragmatic, expert in business design and used to working in a complex fast-paced environment? We are seeking a driven, motivated and adaptive colleague who understands the importance of research in an institution helping to make the world a better place. 

The Opportunity: 

Growing Research Together is an ambitious programme which seeks to deliver organisation-wide improvements of research support services within a large and diverse world-leading research-intensive University.  We are about to start a new phase of activity which needs an experienced business designer at its heart. You will work with and build key internal relationships across the university and in Schools, Units and Colleges. This opportunity will require a high level of focus, drive, determination and an ability to proactively influence and support colleagues and prioritise activities.  

As the Business Designer you will be supporting the Transformation Organisational Design Lead in the development of the Target Operating Model and specifically leading the design of “best fit” research support services for prioritised initiatives across the programme. These projects are aligned to the future Growing Research Together Operating Environment for the University against a set of complex and diverse requirements, varied stakeholder perspectives, and a complex organisational environment. You will design support services which meet our researchers’ and university’s needs and enable transformation with flair, enthusiasm and commitment to engaging our staff in shaping our future research support services.  

You will be involved in developing, leading and maintaining all the business design stages and use various good practice methods, tools and techniques. 

Your skills and attributes for success:  

  • Expert knowledge of business design in a complex devolved organisation 
  • Strong proven experience in leveraging people, data, analytics and insights to enable transformation and improvements 
  • Proven analytical and diagnostics skills  
  • An inquisitive mind, challenging the logic, facilitating our experience, whilst stimulating thought-provoking solutions   
  • The ability to influence, engage and challenge senior leaders and work as a trusted partner with research support colleagues 
  • Strong skills in engagement and partnering to help coach and mentor teams to manage improvements and change and a proven track-record of working with colleagues to help them build on their talent. 
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