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Professor in Operations Research and Business Analytics

Durham, United Kingdom
Minimum £67,542 negotiable subject to experience
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Faculty of Business

Grade 10: - Minimum £67,542 negotiable subject to experience
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2023, 7:59:00 AM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable

Job title: Professor in Operations Management    
Vacancy reference: MGMT23-3
Department: Management and Marketing
Responsible to: Head of Department
Salary Range: Grade 10 Minimum £67,542 negotiable subject to experience
Working arrangements: The role is full-time, but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Open date: 12 December 2022
Closing date: 30 January 2023 at Midnight (UK)                     
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2023

Working at Durham University 

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high-quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives. 

Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Durham area on our Why Durham? information page.

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following Total Rewards. 

Durham University Business School

Dynamic and vibrant, Durham University Business School is one of Durham University’s four Faculties and is comprised of four research-intensive departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Management and Marketing. Known for its global reputation, its impact on policy and practice and its strong focus on ethics, responsibility and sustainability, the School aims to be a leading European business school with a strong global presence by 2027. The School currently has  circa 200 academic and teaching staff, with plans and resource commitments to grow to 230 by 2027. In addition, 12 funded research centres ( blend leading theoretical perspectives with a strong emphasis on impact and engagement with practice, noted in The school’s student population is around 4000, across undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. 

Our vision is to lead business thought and practice to improve global wealth and well-being. Our associated mission is to create, share and use knowledge to deliver equitable and sustainable futures around the world. We pursue this mission by advancing world changing knowledge and securing global impact through increasingly collaborative research across disciplines and around the world.

The Department

The Department of [  Management and Marketing  ] at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor. The appointment would join a growing research team of talented individuals working across the full breath of Operations Management. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of [ Operations Management ] and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on[,but not limited to, the following areas: 

  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems
  • Technology of Innovation
  • Operations Strategy

We encourage applicants with a strong track record in business engagement including (but not limited to) sectors such as health, transport, government, logistics, finance and supply chain. We are particularly look for applicants with quantitative skills in simulation, optimization, analytics, and modelling.]

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at Management and Marketing - Durham University Business School

Professors at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive.  Academic colleagues are supported to publish world-leading and world-changing research in their area of interest in highest impact outputs with a focus on quality rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical, help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to progress through the levels of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

All of our Professors are encouraged to focus on quality and innovation in their research and teaching, and to provide excellent leadership in the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department, discipline and University in support of the wider student experience.  We of course value research income, which is a necessary input to drive research outputs and impact.

Professor in Operations Management

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Operations Management, with the ability to take a leading role in the development of the Department’s research and teaching, and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.   The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Pursue research that is world-leading, and world-changing in terms of originality, significance and rigour, showing leadership in a research field within and/or beyond the academy which is commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;
  • To lead the development of successful research project/fellowship proposals in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement.
  • Deliver excellent teaching, offering lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels. 
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the design and delivery of high quality learning environments and curricula.
  • Enhance the quality of the research environment in the Department, providing leadership of national and international research groups and networks which is recognised at an international level. 
  • Engage in the mentoring of early career researchers;
  • To attract and provide excellent supervision to research students, and contribute significantly to the development of PhD programmes. 
  • Enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture.
  • Contribute significantly to the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department and wider University, demonstrating sustained excellence in leadership activities which support the functioning of the Department and wider University.
  • To fully engage in, champion and enhance the values of the Department;
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. 

As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including disabled people, women, and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. 

We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on the volume and recency of research outputs, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application.  We also understand that the Covid-19 pandemic will have had differential impacts on different people and welcome information on this if you wish to share it. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly

The University has been awarded the Disability Confident Employer status. If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role 

Person Specification  

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Operations Management, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. 


Candidates will demonstrate world-leading and world-changing research, and leadership in a research field within and / or beyond their institution(s), with research outputs consistently recognised as internationally excellent.  

Essential Research Criteria – Grade 10

  1. Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in Operations Management or a related subject.
  2. Outputs - evidence of research outputs which are consistently recognised as internationally excellent with some output being evaluated as world class. Candidates are asked to submit three research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below).  Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  3. Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Management and Marketing Department’sresearch strategy. Research plan should be a maximum of 2 pages and should outline your reasearch objectives which supports and enhances the Department's research portfolio.
  4. Research Leadership - leadership of national / international research groups and networks, with an internationally recognised contribution to the development of research fields, as well as leadership of research groups and / or mentoring of early career researchers.  Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to and engagement with significant external events, engagement with international networks or projects, serving on advisory boards, review bodies or commissions, external PhD examination.   
  5. PhD Supervision - a significant contribution to the development of PhD programmes and / or groups, including successful recruitment and excellent supervision of PhD students and examination of research degrees.
  6. Research Impact – demonstrable leadership of research that has significant impact beyond the Candidate’s institution(s).
  7. Income Generation – evidence of leadership of successful research projects and / or quality research grant proposals.


Candidates will be able to evidence excellence in the development and delivery of teaching.  They will demonstrate leadership, distinction and innovation in the design and delivery of high quality learning environments and curricula, including curriculum development, that enables student to achieve their potential.     

Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 10

  1. Qualification - candidates must evidence substantial and sustained educational leadership demonstrated by:
    1. Evidence of at least one example of co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others in relationship to learning and teaching, or;
    2. Successful completion of the DELTA3 course (“Leadership in Learning and Teaching”) or the DELTA4 course (“Strategic Leadership in Learning and Teaching”), or;
    3. Achievement of Senior or Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.auk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  2. Quality - evidence of excellence in the development and delivery of high-quality and distinctive teaching, at least at a nationally competitive level.  Evidence of training, educating and mentoring other teachers in the department and/or the University in relationship to learning and teaching. Candidates may choose to provide MEQ scores and / or peer reviews of teaching.
  3. Innovation – leadership and influence in in curriculum/new programme development and the development of innovative teaching and the design of learning environments/curricula that provide high quality teaching and student experience at an internationally competitive level including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.    
  4. Strategic - demonstrating leadership and influence in the design and delivery of excellent teaching activities and the creation of learning environments that enable students to achieve their potential.

Services, Citizenship and Values

Candidates will demonstrate sustained excellence of leadership in the provision of the administrative and collegial functioning requirements of the Department, Faculty and University, positively contributing to the University Values and to fostering a respectful environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 10

  1. Collegial contribution – evidence of a significant contribution to the collegial work and environment of the Candidate’s Department, Faculty, institution and / or discipline.  (Candidates may choose to evidence departmental or University roles, Faculty or University level committees or projects, mentoring activity, pastoral and academic support of students, engagement with widening participation, proactive support of the work of professional services colleagues, contributions to departmental programme management and/or strategic development, contribution to equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies).
  2. Leadership - evidence of sustained excellence in leadership activities that support the administrative functioning of the candidate’s Department, Faculty or University and / or which support the development of their discipline.  (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context).
  3. Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries

Professor Andrew Parker
Head of Department

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays). 

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process

Leah Pears - Assistant Recruitment Manager

How to Apply 

We prefer to receive applications online.   

Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A CV  
  • A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above; 
  • Personal research plan. 
  • Three of your most significant pieces of written work.  Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2017, however work prior to 2017 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks. 
  • An EDI & values statement – (of no more than 500 words) that outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values. I.e. Involvement in quality, diversity, and inclusion activities such as mentoring, volunteering, or attending conferences 

Where possible we request that you provide accessible web links to your publications, which the hiring Department will use to access your work.  The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links. Please note we are unable to access publications behind a paywall. 

In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria; 

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.


You should provide 3 academic referees they should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s).  The majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post).

References will be requested for candidates who have been shortlisted and will be made available to the panel during the interview process.

As part of your application, you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend an interview. We will only request references where permission has been granted. 

Next Steps

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.  

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department.  The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in March 2023.

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

More about the Durham University Business School

The Business School is preparing for a future where disciplines combine and converge, disrupting business models, changing the relationship between economies and societies. Faculty investment targets candidates with transformative perspectives on their disciplines, who are highly connected to the world of practice and who have regard for the ethical, sustainable and responsible impact of their research and teaching. Our focused strategy covers research, education and student engagement, building on multi-disciplinary academic excellence, internationally-rated research and superb student support services. Our research is published in leading international journals, is increasingly funded by a broad mix of bodies, including research, government and commercial organisations. We seek to elevate further the status and influence of our research activity and environment through the support and delivery of influential research publications, building enhanced research capacity through income generation and the proof of economic and social value through documented impact on policy and practice.

Over the next ten years, Durham University Business School will pursue its mission across three core domains to become a recognised Top European Business School: Research, Education and Student Engagement. In addition, three transversal themes - internationalisation; ethics, responsibility and sustainability; and external engagement and impact - will shape further our direction of travel.

We have invested heavily in new colleagues over the past three years are continuing this investment journey, to be able to publish even more frequently in world leading journals, secure higher levels of (including Research Council) funding and develop our impact and engagement further. These ambitions are further supported by appropriate support for world-class conference attendance, pump priming, seminars and research network building activities and incentives for research publication and impact case studies.

As part of the School’s education strategy, our focus is to ensure that our programmes are intellectually leading, transformative and challenging. Further, we wish to ensure that learning allows students to develop as global citizens with a cross-cultural perspective, fosters connection to worlds of practice and facilitates engagement in the area of ethics, responsibility and sustainability. The School continues to support and recognise faculty members in these areas, for example through our mentoring policy and Enhancing Learning and Teaching Awards. The School has a high-quality portfolio of programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level, across all subject areas – Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting and Finance – attracting a talented and diverse student intake (with over 130 nationalities). Recent pedagogic developments include the launch of an on-line MBA, two MOOCS, an international MBA with the European Business School in Weissbaden, and two joint DBA with Fudan University and EmLyon.

The current School building houses several state-of-the-art lecture theatres providing flexible options for teaching, new breakout spaces for individual and group projects, and a contemporary dining area – alongside numerous sustainable features – which make it a truly world-class facility. Improved business facilities enable us to engage with more corporate partners and host events ranging from small groups to conferences for several hundred delegates. We are also investing in the technology infrastructure to support online and blended approaches to education.

For more information, please visit the Business School pages at

Applicant Guidance 

For further guidance on your application please see HERE

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