Deputy Director of Careers and Employability

Manchester, Greater Manchester (GB)
Salary in the region of £65k (commensurate with experience), plus a comprehensive benefits package
Monday, 19 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Deputy Director of Careers and Employability
Salary in the region of £65k (commensurate with experience), plus a comprehensive benefits package 

If your significant leadership and management experience has been gained in a higher education or graduate recruitment setting and you have a proven strategic ability to shape and guide planning and decision making, Manchester Metropolitan University could be your ideal next career move.  

About us
We are a great, modern university, in a great global city, here to make an impact on Manchester, our nation and beyond. Our campus is designed around the student experience, providing high quality teaching in a friendly and supportive environment, with some of the best learning facilities in the UK. We work closely with our city, with business, the community and our academic peers to be inventive and creative, generate great opportunities, and enable our students, colleagues and everyone whose lives we touch to make an impact. We offer fantastic opportunities for both academics and those in support roles: our faculties are vivid communities and experimental workshops – vibrant places in which you can contribute, challenge and change. 

About the role
Our Careers and Employability Service (CES) plays a key role in helping students and graduates to enter professional/ managerial employment or further study. We also work with Faculties to support positive graduate outcomes, deliver careers advice and guidance and develop strong relationships with employers. Join us, and you could soon be providing leadership across the full range of CES priorities, with a particular focus on business engagement and strategic projects. You’ll also get to work in partnership with internal colleagues and external stakeholders as you lead on, and implement, elements of our Graduate Outcomes Strategy 2020-2025. 

Developing relationships with a diverse range of organisations and employers will be important too, as will working at a strategic level to create opportunities and initiate clear talent pipelines for our students and graduates. Working with the wider CES leadership team on service planning, performance, resource management and efficiency; liaising with a variety of academic and professional service colleagues and influencing our strategic agenda on employability – these are just some aspects of this high profile role.

About you
As well as a degree or equivalent qualification, or substantial relevant experience, you’ll need a good understanding of the issues and context that the UK higher education sector operates within. You’ll also need to be familiar with the careers and employability agenda and the role of a university career service. Excellent knowledge of the graduate labour market and the challenges/opportunities faced by early career graduates as they embark on their career journey, plus the assessment and selection processes used by employers, is important too. 

A strong yet flexible leader, with excellent planning and organisation skills, you have the flair for influencing and networking it takes to win support and develop a positive profile, both within the University and externally. You’re a great presenter too – someone’s who’s used to delivering engaging content to a diverse range of audiences. An understanding of systems and data management, including digital platforms and how digital technology can enhance service delivery is also essential, as is the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

To make an initial informal enquiry, please e-mail Dr Stephen Boyd, Director of Careers and Employability at 

Interview Date: Thursday 2 September

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.