University of Dundee
Deputy Director (Strategic Planning)

The University of Dundee has a clear mission – to transform lives, locally and globally, by the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. It does this through world-class teaching, pioneering research, and work that has social, cultural and economic impact.

With an annual turnover of over £250m, 17,000 students and over 3,000 staff, the University of Dundee sits at the heart of city that is in the midst of transformational change – highlighted by the opening in 2018 of V&A Dundee and the forthcoming arrival of the Eden Project – making it one of the best places in the UK to live, work and study.

The University of Dundee’s new University Strategy to 2027 focuses on Dundee’s standing as a triple intensive university seeking to bring excellence to all that it does – with research, education and engagement equally weighted. 

The new Deputy Director (Strategic Change) will embrace the University of Dundee’s values, sense of place, and commitment to building an inclusive culture, working with the leadership team and the University community.

The successful candidate will lead strategic and operational planning activities and be responsible for enhancing the University of Dundee’s capacity to analyse and interpret external and internal information, including for the University Strategy to 2027. Responsible for driving the University’s annual planning cycle, the appointee will take a lead role in the analysis, presentation and interpretation of management information, performance indicators and benchmark data, as well as overseeing the University’s HESA submissions and approaches to national and international league tables.  They also will contribute high level policy advice and horizon scanning for  the production of the University’s Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council and associated returns.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and management qualities, strong communication and interpersonal skills, significant experience of delivering substantive outcomes related to strategic planning, business intelligence and reporting, and a comprehensive understanding of the current environment in which higher education institutions operate.  

Applications must include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria (no more than two pages of A4).

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