Head of IT Operations
About Arden University
At Arden University, our vision is to make education more accessible, engaging and beneficial to people everywhere. 2019 will be an exciting year for the University as we continue with our transformation and development programme, driving an industry-leading learner experience and further developing our innovative ‘compressed-blended’ full time degrees across 5 campus locations.
We are a values driven organisation, and in line with our values of supportiveness, integrity, innovation and ownership, we want to make sure that each of our study centres is delivering an outstanding student experience that is completely aligned to our brand promise, whilst providing a tailored and personalised experience reflective of the local needs and culture of the student and staff profile. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our students and the importance our staff across the organisation place on supporting students to realise their potential. We recognise that the pressures of people’s hectic, modern lives often means our students are constrained - by location, cost, family/caring commitments or simply time. By making our degrees, masters and MBA programmes available through both online distance learning and flexible on-campus ‘blended’ study, we have been able to support students ranging from 18 to 80 years old to achieve their ambitions and benefit from Higher Education.
Vacancy: Head of IT Operations
Reporting to the IT Director you will have a direct impact on the student and staff experience, with a focus on leading the strategic planning, development and management of all aspects of IT Operations within the University. You will be responsible for delivering first class resilient, accessible, fit for purpose and customer-centric services to the University whilst monitoring performance, driving improvement initiatives and managing the development of the people and processes that support this function.
Your role will be to lead the Infrastructure and Support teams to effectively manage the University’s Network Infrastructure, Data Centre and Server estate as well as all aspects of Information Security. You will be responsible for Service Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning as well as overseeing the delivery of high quality support services to all service users through a Service Management framework.
You will need to be technically experienced in the management of server technologies & hypervisors, desktop infrastructure, cloud services, system management tools and broader data centre and communications services with a focus on service performance and availability.
You will be a highly credible IT leader with a passion for continuous improvement and a capability for delivering change across a complex organisation. Whilst you have strategic vision and a long-range view, you are exceptionally strong at specifying and delivering significant system solution upgrades/changes to deliver rapid outcomes.
Your leadership experience in a service delivery environment has given you an exceptional skill in managing complex operations with a diverse mix of stakeholders to deliver IT improvements through effective system and process management. You understand the central nature of people in successful change management by demonstrating a collaborative, inclusive and communicative style that effectively navigates the sensitive nature of fast changing businesses.
This is an exciting time to join a University that represents the future of Higher Education – please get in touch to receive a fuller job specification.
If you wish to apply for the role, please send your CV together with covering letter.