Vice President and Chief People Officer

Queen's University Belfast

  • Permanent
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Vice President and Chief People Officer
Date posted:15th December 2022

Competitive remuneration           

With roots dating back to 1810, Queen’s University Belfast has been making a positive difference to society and its own communities for more than two centuries. Today, employing over 4,500 staff and a member of the Russell Group, Universities UK and Universities Ireland, Queen’s is one of the leading research-focused universities in the UK and on the island of Ireland. Our research and teaching are widely accredited internationally. 88% of our staff are engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research with Queen’s ranked 198 in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Alumni past and present include Nobel prize-winner Seamus Heaney, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, politician Lord David Trimble and the actor Liam Neeson.

The University’s iconic and well-invested campus is primarily located in the south of the city where we have just opened our new £42m students’ union building. Our 25,000 student body includes 4,200 international students drawn from some 90 countries. When it comes to future graduate employment, Queens ranks 12th in the UK. Queen’s contribution to the local and regional economy of Northern Ireland is currently estimated at over £3 billion annually.

As we embark upon our exciting Strategy 2030, we are now seeking to appoint a Chief People Officer (CPO) to contribute to the University’s growth and cultural development, at the heart of which will be our People Strategy. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the CPO will lead the creation of a vibrant and agile culture across Queens’ three faculties, fifteen schools, several centres and institutes and range of professional services.

Priorities are driving high individual and collective performance through staff engagement, enhancing service delivery, optimising business partnering and raising the bar when it comes to staff health and wellbeing.

Candidates will bring wide-ranging strategic people leadership experience and a strong track record of delivering service transformation. High level communication and relationship management skills will be essential, as will experience of supporting and developing high performing teams.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda at Queen’s is ambitious and the CPO will need to demonstrate their own commitment, understanding and creativity, working collaboratively with the institution’s EDI Champion, operational EDI staff, students and the wider community.

For more information view the recruitment website on the right.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534, or Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44 (0)7808 648 559 or

The closing date for applications is noon on 13th January 2023.

Queen’s University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality. We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena Swan. 

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