Director of Business Development & Enterprise

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
£72,689 to £77,104 per annum
19 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of Business Development & Enterprise

School of Digital, Technologies and the Arts

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £72,689 to £77,104 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Permanent, working 37 hours per week / 1.0fte
Release Date:  Thursday 18 February 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 21 March 2021
Interview Date: TBC 
Reference:  DTA20-19

Who is Staffordshire University?  

Staffordshire University is aiming to be the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. By 2030 we will lead the sector in hyper-personalised learning that will prepare students for the jobs that don’t yet exist.
The pace of change in UK higher education is the greatest it has ever been. An increasingly competitive market – combined with changing student demographics, the Office for Students (OfS) as regulator, a more interventionalist approach from central government and the increasing glare of public scrutiny – makes higher education a challenging environment.
We believe that an innovative university, taking a business-driven approach to its fundamental contribution to the economy and society, could lead the field in this new world. We aim to be that university.
Our upward trajectory

In 2016 we set out our Connected University Strategy, with a range of success measures including three ambitious KPIs, which provided significant challenge given our position at the time. We committed to ranking in the top 50 percent in the UK league tables; obtaining a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and achieving financial sustainability in accordance with our Strategic Financial Plan.

We gave ourselves until 2021 to achieve our goals. We climbed into the top 50 percent of UK league tables in April 2019; we achieved TEF Gold in June 2019; and we are now a financially sustainable university. Our rapid advancement means we are already considering our 2030 Strategy, confident that our pace of transformation will continue, and rive us to become the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. What’s more, in 2019 we entered the THE World University rankings for the first time. Our student experience is excellent, with an 84.76 percent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey of 2020.

A roadmap for success

Our progress doesn’t stop. In September 2019 we opened the Staffordshire University London Digital Institute, our first campus outside the Midlands. Located in the heart of Europe’s tech capital, this cutting-edge facility is enabling us to lead the world in the teaching of esports, computer games design, cybersecurity and more.

In Stoke-on-Trent, 2021 will see the launch of The Catalyst – our £40 million apprenticeships and digital skills hub, which will support the delivery of 6,500 new apprenticeships by 2026. In addition, we are adding a brand-new Nursery and Forest School for our main campus, and we are also developing a £5.8 million Centre for Healthcare Innovation at our Stafford campus.
Beacon, our AI-powered coach for students, leads the sector in using technology to support studies, encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities and helping people to stay at university throughout life’s ups and downs. Over the next 10 years we will continue to push the boundaries of the technological learning revolution, ensuring that our students, local communities and global partners are able to compete and thrive in the modern world.

About the role 

Responsible for strategic and operational leadership of administrative processes and commercial development, you will make a tangible positive impact in our School of Digital, Technologies and the Arts. Financial probity, good governance and meticulous use of data: you will ensure we deliver all these things and more, while proactively promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. 

As we develop and deliver the School business plan, you will make a valuable contribution, ensuring that it aligns to the University’s ambitious strategy. Thanks to your diligence, we will know that business planning is robust, effective and driven by data, and that we are set up to meet the future needs of business and industry. You will enjoy a varied remit - from identifying and evaluating risks and priorities for the efficient use of resources, through to helping the University develop commercial opportunities. Crucially, you will build collaborative relationships with partners and employers, to support the creation of opportunities for students. 

Whether gained in industry or the higher education sector, you will bring to the role a successful track record of leadership and management - from setting and influencing key performance metrics, to driving innovation and enterprise, leading through change, and fostering strong working relationships. A highly skilled communicator with a can-do attitude, you have what it takes to motivate teams to achieve high levels of performance, and to make the most of business opportunities you identify. Equally important is a flair for budget management, data analysis and the ability to write with influence and impact 

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available:

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus 
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans