Chief Operating Officer

Location
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Posted
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 3 April 2020
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

This appointment is an opportunity to play a key strategic leadership role as Chief Operating Officer in a specialist, commercially-minded and ambitious University in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the country. 

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), established as the Royal Agricultural College in 1845, is situated in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. It has a well-established reputation and is recognised nationally and internationally for its education, applied research and knowledge exchange relevant to the land-based industries having well established links with employers, government and a range of NGOs.  The RAU is delivering a new strategic plan which will see it increasing the size and diversity of its student community, providing an outstanding student experience, increasing its partnerships and commercial activities, influencing national and international policy, and building sustainability into all it does. 

To contribute to this process, the University is looking to recruit a new Chief Operating Officer who will be the most senior professional services lead in the University.  The appointee will be responsible for the efficient and effective strategic and operational management of resources and will act as the deputy to the Vice-Chancellor in all matters excluding academic.  The COO will be responsible for overseeing Finance, Estates, HR, IT services as well as business development, Student Recruitment and Student Services. The Higher Education sector is facing significant challenges with pressure to show increasing value for money for students, demonstrable social investment and financial efficiency.   This provides an opportunity to transform the way that the University runs its systems and procedures, and to develop an increasingly strong student focus.   

The ideal candidate will have experience of providing strategic leadership, managing change and working collegiately with other teams to successfully deliver University-wide objectives. Experience of Higher Education and of working with a Board and Non-Executive Directors is essential, as is the ability to lead and implement strategic planning processes.   The appointee must be able to provide leadership to a diverse range of professional areas including Finance, IT, estates, business development and commercial services.  A track record of inspiring and developing a team of diverse professionals to deliver to high performance is also essential for this role. The institution’s size requires the appointee to be a flexible and resilient problem solver prepared to work both strategically and operationally.

For more information please visit www.minervasearch.com/rau . The closing date for applications, which should be in the form of a CV and cover letter and sent to rau@minervasearch.com is 3rd April 2020.

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