Executive Director, Business School

Birmingham, United Kingdom
28 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Business & Economics
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: Competitive
Contract Type: Full time- Permanent
Closing Date: 20-03-2023 12 Midday
Support/Academic/Management: Management

Based in the heart of Birmingham city centre, University College Birmingham (UCB) is a specialist, aspirational and globally connected institution offering vocational education and training within a supportive learning community. Our vision is to unlock the talent of our learners to help them achieve their ambitions, maximising opportunities for career progression and personal fulfilment. We have invested over £160m in our teaching and other facilities over the last ten years to ensure an outstanding learning environment.

University College Birmingham started its life as a Further Education (FE) College which gained independence through incorporation in 1993 and full university status in 2012. We are immensely proud of our roots in FE and our ability to offer progression routes and career pathways into Higher Education (HE). Approximately 30% of our current student body are FE students and the other 70% are HE students. We have exciting ambitions to grow and diversify further our HE strategic portfolio and align a unique offer to provide career ready graduates who are highly employable.

We are entering into one of the most exciting and ambitious periods of our development and are now seeking to appoint an outstanding leader to take the Business School through new transformational times of growth and diversification, working with industry partners, students, academic and professional service teams to future proof a career focused approach to curriculum planning and design. As a member of the Executive Management team, you will contribute to the University’s values and mission. You will lead the Business School with a strong emphasis on student outcomes, progression and quality of education, driving enhancements to all aspects of our HE experiences for students.

To deliver the above, we are seeking an outstanding academic leader, with a proven track record in business to deliver on stretching curriculum and quality improvement targets. Demonstrable experience of leadership of curriculum teams and managing change is essential as is the ability to empower others, and to collaborate locally, regionally, and nationally. You will bring a demonstrable ability to work innovatively and at pace and possess in-depth experience of the Higher Education policy, regulatory and funding landscape.

You will have exposure to working in strong partnerships with local authorities and experience of delivering comprehensively on budgetary targets. You will also have experience of expanding recruitment targets in innovative ways which align with regional skills needs whilst keeping a balanced portfolio of undergraduate, post graduate, and international offers.

Experience of oversight and input into capital projects and redevelopments linked to curriculum is highly desirable, as is evidence of a successful working relationship with key Corporate Services functions, such as Estates, Finance, Careers/Employability and IT. An excellent presenter, you will have Governing Body level exposure and demonstrate outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present engagingly to a full range of stakeholders. Alongside this, you will bring a strong sense of academic and professional best practice developed in organisations of real scale and complexity, as well as an unwavering commitment to the values and ethos of the University.

How to Apply: 

If you are interested in finding out further information regarding this role, including details of how to apply, please email requesting a candidate pack.


  • 50 days’ paid leave per year
  • Teacher’s pension scheme 
  • Private healthcare 
  • Excellent staff development opportunities 
  • Salary sacrifice car leasing, tech and cycle schemes 
  • Heavily-subsidised on-site car parking
  • Hybrid Working Opportunities
  • Free Gym Membership 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

Closing date - Monday 20 March 2023 at midday.

Standard Information:

UCB is an equal opportunities employer.

University College Birmingham is proud to have been voted UK University of the Year in the prestigious 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards. We are also the best university for Student Support. The awards are voted for by students showcasing the incredible relationships we foster here at University College Birmingham between Staff and Students.

University College Birmingham works in partnership with the University of Warwick - Ranked eighth in the 2023 Guardian League Tables and 10th in the UK in the QS World University rankings 2023.

The University of Warwick are committed to partnering with us on a full range of projects which will enhance student opportunity, experience and outcomes. Among these joint pieces of work are aspirations to enhance student employability across the West Midlands region, widen participation in Further and Higher Education and to support regional ‘levelling up’ and key regional skills priorities.

All applicants for employment at the University will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Safeguarding and the PREVENT agenda in the context of further and higher education.