Thank you for your interest in joining the University of Manchester as Head of Technical Operations within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH). The University is a diverse, international community of over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It is a place where research has a global impact, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where all activity is enriched by a commitment to social responsibility. The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK.
The Faculty comprises 11,000 students, 3,200 staff, over 30 undergraduate courses and around 90 postgraduate taught courses and integrates discovery biology, clinical application and patient care. We conduct outstanding, world-leading research in the biological, medical and health sciences and develop and deliver the highest quality education and training for health professionals and life scientists.
The Head of Technical Operations leads a team of professional staff who deploy technical resources to support the delivery of teaching and research services to staff and students. The postholder will have line management responsibility for technical staff across each of the Faculty’s three Schools as well as those organised at Faculty level.
We are seeking to appoint a candidate with experience of leading a broad range of technical operations, ideally in an academic environment, and experience of managing people and resources. Reporting to me, the Head of Technical Operations will work with colleagues across the Faculty to ensure that the technical resource supports our strategic aims and is deployed efficiently, effectively and equitably. The successful candidate will need to develop creative solutions to challenges, drive innovation in service delivery and lead change across a large, diverse technical team.
You can find out more about the University, the Faculty and the role Head of Technical Operations on this website. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you, in strict confidence – their details can also be found on this site.
It is an exciting time to join the Faculty and the University, as we seek to drive change and further develop our approach to delivering outstanding teaching, learning and research. I do hope you will express an interest in joining us.
The University of Manchester was formed in 2004 by combining the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST. It is the largest non-federal university in the UK, with an annual income of over £1 billion, over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It and its predecessor institutions have a distinguished history of research and teaching, tracing back to 1824 and having produced 25 Nobel laureates. Research highlights include Rutherford’s work on splitting the atom (leading to the 1908 Nobel prize for physics), the world’s first stored-program computer (the Manchester University Mark I), the world’s first steerable radio telescope (at Jodrell Bank), the birth of chemical engineering, and most recently the discovery of graphene (leading to the 2010 Nobel prize for physics). The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK. The University has more than half a million alumni in 190 countries. The University is a partner of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
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The University is divided into Faculties, Schools, Institutes and hundreds of specialist research groups, all of which undertake pioneering multidisciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. The Faculties, Schools, Institutes and research group are supported by a broad range of professional service teams and functions. The University’s academic structure is:
Faculty of Humanities
Alliance Manchester Business School; School of Arts, Languages and Cultures; School of Environment, Education and Development; School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
School of Biological Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
School of Engineering; School of Natural Sciences
Our new vision and strategic plan for The University of Manchester will take us into our third century. It builds on a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that is at the heart of our University and our city region: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/vision/
The City of Manchester
Manchester is the largest city in Northern England, with a metropolitan area population of over 2.5 million. Traditionally a commercial and industrial powerhouse, and birthplace of the industrial revolution, today it is also a cosmopolitan centre of education, media, arts and sport. Internationally famed for spectator sport and nightlife, it also has world-class facilities for music, participation in sport, arts and shopping. Direct rail links connect to cities across the UK, and the international airport provides direct flights across Europe and to major hubs worldwide. Just outside the city, the Peak District National Park provides some of the country’s best-loved terrain for outdoor activities, while the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and Lake District National Parks are also easily accessible.
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has an integrated structure that enables us to deliver a truly translational approach to the life sciences. This helps ensure smooth research pathways – from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care.
The Faculty was created in 2016 when the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences were brought together in a new, integrated structure. With a total annual income of over £300 million, and over 3,000 members of staff, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is comparable to a medium-sized UK university.
We develop and deliver the highest quality education and training for health professionals and life scientists in partnership with the NHS and industry. We contribute to the University’s tradition of innovation and improvements in the health of people around the world.
We are the largest supplier of healthcare graduates to the NHS in the north-west of England. We produce highly-trained and skilled professionals who are increasingly sought-after by employers across the health industry.
The Academy for Education and Professional Development provides training for clinicians and healthcare professionals teaching in the University’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Please click here for further information.
We also conduct outstanding, world-leading research in the biological, medical and health sciences across eight research themes. We take our social responsibility to make a contribution to the ‘greater good’ seriously.
We were ranked 4th out of 44 in the UK for research power in the biological sciences in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Our research in the areas of the allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy was also judged to be excellent.
The integration of discovery biology, clinical application and patient care within a single Faculty, particularly in a region with notable health inequality, provides us with a real opportunity to have a very significant and positive impact on people’s lives.
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Role name: Head of Technical Operations
Reports to: Director of Faculty Operations
Responsible for: Faculty Technical Staff
Context of the role
The Head of Technical Operations leads a team of professional staff to ensure that Technical resources across our activities are deployed effectively to support the delivery of teaching and research services to staff and students.
The postholder will have professional line management responsibility for technical staff across all of the Schools as well as those organised at Faculty level and will therefore work closely in partnership with Heads of Schools and Heads of School Operations, as well as Vice-Deans, to ensure that the Faculty’s technical resource is deployed efficiently, effectively and equitably.
They are also a member of the Faculty Professional Services Leadership Team, and the University Technician Commitment Leadership Team. They will work closely with all members of the Faculty Leadership Team and other leaders across the University to contribute to strategic and operational activities.
You can view the Faculty Professional Leadership structure here (note that the role is referred to by its former title, Head of Technical Services).
Essential skills and experience
Desirable skills and experience
The salary range is £53,348 to £63,668.
The University offer a significant benefits package including a generous pension scheme based on salary and 29 holidays plus all national holidays and Christmas closure.
For information on the benefits of working at the University of Manchester, please click here.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University of Manchester. 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:
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 7 March 2022.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1357
|Closing date:||Noon on Monday 7 March|
|Longlisting:||Wednesday 16 March|
|Preliminary interviews with AQ:||Thursday 17 – Tuesday 22 March|
|Shortlisting:||Friday 29 April|
|Panel Interviews:||w/c 9 or 16 May TBC (on campus)|