Thanks you for your interest in joining the University of East London (UEL) as Head of Employer Partnerships and Apprenticeships.
UEL is a careers-led university, dedicated to supporting our students to develop the skills, emotional intelligence and creativity needed to thrive in a constantly changing world. Our goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively.
Our recently launched Talent Gateway directorate works with employers, local authorities and academic partners to generate new commercial relationships including seeking opportunities to grow continuing professional development (CPD) income, apprenticeships and business support services.
We are now seeking to appoint our Head of Employer Partnerships and Apprenticeships who will be responsible for UEL’s employer and apprenticeships partnership management, identifying business opportunities to ensure sustainability and deliver a high-quality customer service for UEL’s external partners, both in the UK and internationally. The new Head will also deliver central support to Schools to grow their CPD activity; deliver and manage contracts established with external partners on behalf of the University; and ensure that the Business Centre is run and operates efficiently, supporting the commercialisation of student companies and providing a flow of investable companies to associated angel investors.
Our ideal candidate will have commercial expertise, a strong employer engagement track record, experience of business development and management of strategic contractual relationships and an understanding of higher and degree level apprenticeships and CPD provision. We are seeking to appoint someone with entrepreneurial skills, strong commercial acumen and a successful bid-writing record who can help the University to expand its range of commercial clients and deliver support to a broader range of customers. We offer a dynamic working environment with the opportunity to develop University wide arrangements and deliver ‘deals’ with global companies to increase UEL’s employer engagement portfolio.
You can find out more about our University and the role on this website and our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the role with you – their details can also be found on this site.
I do hope you will express an interest in joining us and being part of our exciting new Talent Gateway team.
The University of East London is a vibrant and diverse university located in Stratford and Docklands. Our goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively.
The University has been pioneering futures since 1898: from the 2nd Industrial Revolution through to where we are now, the 4th. We work with global organisations to make our courses entrepreneurial, creative and inspirational. Wherever our students want to work – in business, technology, teaching, arts, media, science, sport or the public sector – they will have the skills necessary to adapt to the world of tomorrow, and to be the leaders and pioneers of today.
More and more, employers are seeking workers who possess skills such as emotional intelligence and creativity, the ability to think critically and undertake complex problem solving. That’s why we’ve put these skills at the heart of every one of our degrees, counting towards students’ final qualification.
This ambition is captured in the four strategic objectives of Vision 2028:
A central feature of the Careers 1st approach established in Vision 2028, the primary function of The Talent Gateway is to provide the central commercial externally focused professional business development and key account management function for the University.
Working alongside the Schools, the unit will directly engage with employers, local authorities and academic partners to generate new income and broader commercial engagement opportunities. This includes seeking opportunities to grow continuing professional development income, apprenticeships, internships and placement and other forms of commercial income as well as income and wider educational and reputational benefits from growing our academic partnerships in the UK and globally (physically and online) including validation, franchise, articulation and UEL global experiences.
As well as supporting income generation and diversification, The Talent Gateway will provide critical professional strategic key account management of our extensive and growing portfolio of employer and academic partnerships.
Employer Partnerships will be split into several distinct functional areas:
Business Centre – the existing commercial company running its operations via Knowledge Dock Ltd. continues to be an attractive proposition for the University engaging in support for student, faculty, alumni and local community businesses. In addition to generating income in its own right from lettings, the Business Centre will focus increasingly on supporting the commercialisation of student companies, providing a flow of investable companies to associated angel investors.
In the next few months the nature of Business Centre operations will undergo a substantial change and the entire building will be transformed into the Royal Docks Centre for Sustainable Communities, Innovation and Enterprise (SCIE). Our vision for SCIE is to create a transformative engagement and workspace which delivers good growth benefits to residents, communities and businesses across the Royal Docks and Newham. The SCIE Centre will be a green, Industry 4.0 powerhouse facility and is central to achieving our Vision 2028 strategy: serving the needs of East London through industry-relevant research, supporting community health, driving collaborative innovation and providing professional skills and services for local people. A thriving, inclusive hub, SCIE’s impact will be magnified through partnership working with community groups, policy leads and global industrial partners.
Over a 12-month project development timeline, our plan is to repurpose UEL’s currently under-utilised Knowledge Dock building and structure the SCIE Centre as three unique, interconnected hubs to address the needs of specific beneficiaries; those will include Career Zones, Eco-Innovation Living Laboratory (EILL) and Sustainable Enterprise Centre (SEC).
Continuing Professional Development – the new unit will provide central support for Schools to grow the provision of CPD activity across the University including the management of any contracts established with external partners to manage, promote and deliver CPD on behalf of the University.
Business development – the new unit will support Schools in the development of new commercial income from engagement with business, charities and local authorities to achieve improved employment outcomes, growth and diversification of the academic portfolio and improved KEF outcomes. This will include new apprenticeships, placements, internships and other commercial, income generating activity. The function will be outsourced.
Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement – the new unit will bring together a team of professional key account managers to look after existing and future University commercial partnerships and apprenticeship employers (e.g. Babcock, AWS, Siemens, Accenture, Barclays, etc.), as well as managing commercially focused engagement with local authorities.
Please click here to view The Talent Gateway structure chart.
School/Service: The Talent Gateway
Responsible to: Director of The Talent Gateway
Responsible for: Employer Partnerships team
Liaison with: University Management Team, Heads of Departments, Professional Services staff, Directors of Careers & Enterprise, Academic staff involved in Degree and Higher Apprenticeship activities, Quality Assurance and Enhancement, Academic Registry, Finance, Strategic Planning, Employers, local authorities, and other relevant external stakeholders.
This is a strategic partnership development role to shape, inform and lead UEL’s employer partnerships and apprenticeships portfolio. The role will lead on employer partnerships and apprenticeships business development and key account management, being fully responsible for the University’s strategic employer partnerships accounts, which will include their direct day-to-day management in addition to overall responsibility for oversight of all UEL employer partnerships. The post holder will work closely with senior management, academics, UEL employer and apprenticeships partners, globally and in the UK, to lead and support on outstanding operational activity to deliver the University’s ambitious targets set out in the Vision 2028 corporate strategy.
The post holder will be responsible for UEL’s employer and apprenticeships partnership management, identifying business opportunities to ensure sustainability and deliver a high-quality customer service for UEL’s external partners, both in the UK and abroad; ensuring efficient central support for Schools to grow their CPD activity: management of any contracts established with external partners to promote and deliver CPD on behalf of the University; ensuring that the Business Centre is run and operates efficiently, supporting the commercialisation of student companies, providing a flow of investable companies to associated angel investors.
The post holder will be responsible for the development and management of physical Career Zones across the University campuses. Each Career Zone will be developed in collaboration with a lead industry partner to reflect the skills and competency needs, work experience and employment opportunities, applied research and development agendas, lifelong up- and re-skilling requests, and employer/start-up convening requirements of that particular industry sector.
The post holder will be responsible for developing a successful operating model through managing the Employer Partnerships division of The Talent Gateway and delivering consistency and excellence in all aspects of the service. The post holder will have an inclusive, determined and inspirational approach to leadership, encouraging ideas, initiative and innovation in others, whilst establishing a high-performance culture based on continuous improvement.
Main duties and responsibilities
Continuous Professional Development
Education, qualifications and achievements
Knowledge and experience
Skills and abilities
Personal attributes/ qualities
Benefits at UELPS Ltd
At UEL Professional Services Ltd we are committed to promoting the values of equality, inclusivity and diversity throughout our community of staff and the students that we serve. In keeping with this, we have developed a wide range of benefits making UEL Professional Services Ltd an attractive place to work. These include family-friendly policies, access to nursery facilities, competitive salary and pension arrangements, a commitment to staff development and a host of other benefits.
The salary range for this role is £64,599 – £72,226.
This role is entitled to 30 days’ annual leave plus public holidays.
UEL Professional Services Ltd offers a generous defined contribution scheme, the UEL Retirement and Savings Plan, which employees automatically join on commencing employment (unless they choose to opt out). The Plan offers a 10% employer contribution without employee contribution, matching employee contributions on a ratio of 1.5 : 1 up to a maximum additional employer contribution of 6%, and generous ill health salary protection and death in service benefits.
For staff with children between the ages of two and six years, there is a state-of-the-art nursery at Docklands, while at Stratford we can offer places at local, privately-run nurseries. We have a flexible working policy and generous maternity, adoption and parental leave policies.
The University campuses offer easy access to public transport and are just 30 minutes from Central London. The Stratford campus is just a few minutes’ walk from Stratford Station, a major transport hub. Docklands Campus has its own Docklands Light Railway Station, Cyprus. In addition, interest-free season-ticket loans and bicycle loans are offered to all staff, and there is also car parking available subject to application for a parking permit.
We are strongly committed to developing the skills and careers of all our staff. Annual staff development reviews and personal action plans are designed to enable staff to develop their careers, and are supported by an extensive range of courses and events to enhance management, teaching and learning, IT and personal development skills. We also encourage our staff to obtain a degree or higher level qualification on one of our programmes by part-time study, with fees met by UEL Professional Services Ltd.
Other benefits include:
All of the terms and conditions of service and the employment policies are on the UEL website, please visit.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University of East London. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44(0)7808 648 559, or Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 4th December 2020.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1019.
|Closing date:||Friday 4th December 2020|
|Longlisting:||Wednesday 9th December 2020|
|Preliminary Interviews with AQ:||w/c 14th December 2020|
|Shortlisting:||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Informal conversations with UEL:||w/c 11th January 2021|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Thursday 21st January 2021 (TBC)|