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Deputy Director of the Transformation Office

University of Leeds
Leeds - Main Campus
Grade 10 (£66,857 - £82,179 p.a. depending upon experience)
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

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This role will be based on the University campus with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you looking for a new and exciting leadership role that will help deliver transformational change at a world leading institution?  Do you have the vision and experience to successfully lead and motivate teams supporting the delivery of strategic initiatives for the University? Do you have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with the proven ability to work collaboratively and across boundaries to achieve results?

The University of Leeds has an ambitious strategic plan and is involved in a wide range of large multi-million pound strategic initiatives aimed at supporting its academic mission of student education, research and innovation and internationalisation. These initiatives are large, complex and represent a major investment by the institution. They are critical to the delivery of the university’s current and future strategy.

The Transformation Office (TO) is one of the key strategic vehicles that enables the delivery of these initiatives. The Deputy Director of the Transformation Office will play a pivotal role in achieving the University’s strategic ambitions by leading and having strategic oversight for the TO’s operational services that enable successful delivery of large scale transformational projects. This includes services such as delivery, assurance, portfolio office and resourcing.

Working closely with our partners and project sponsors, you will support the Director of the Transformation Office in developing, shaping and delivering the transformational projects from approval to execution. This includes playing an active role as part of the wider Chief Operating Office (COO) portfolio of activity to ensure that priorities are delivered on time and to budget consistent with an adaptive and people-centred delivery framework.

You will also support the Director in managing TO team resources and demand and will work closely with the Director to ensure robust governance and risk and reporting arrangements are in place to ensure delivery and the deployment of resources to achieve outcomes.

You will have significant experience of leading and managing large-scale and complex projects, programmes and portfolios either within Higher Education or a similar, large and complex environment along with significant experience of leading, managing and motivating one or more teams of staff.  

You’ll be able to work confidently and assertively with a range of executive and senior stakeholders, using highly effective coaching, negotiation, communication and influencing skills to achieve successful outcomes. You’ll also have a strong solutions focus with an ability to apply a proactive, flexible and creative approach to complex institutional issues.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx. 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance – the University contributes 21.6% of salary.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development and Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more! 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Jenny Baynes, Director of the Transformation Office


Closing date: 14th April 2024

To apply, please click “Apply Now”.

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