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Content and Discovery Manager

Cranfield / Shrivenham, United Kingdom
£48,039 to £55,547
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

Job Details

School/Department: Student Experience
Based at: Cranfield or Shrivenham, Oxfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £48,039 to £55,547 per annum
Apply by: 21/04/2024

Role Description

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic library professional to provide management and co-ordination of the team responsible for Library Services’ collections and their discovery.

About the Role

This is a key role within Library Services’ Management Team, requiring wide professional knowledge, the capability to drive the implementation of the Library strategic plan, and the ability to manage and motivate staff in key functions.

The Content and Discovery Team provides support for the acquisition, licensing, description and discovery of both print and online resources, and provides our document delivery service for items not held in library collections. You will have responsibility for staff located at both our Cranfield and Shrivenham campuses.  

About You

You should hold a postgraduate qualification in Library/Information Science (or similar) and have substantive experience in an appropriate library environment preferably within the higher education sector, at least some of which should have been in a managerial position. You will possess an excellent mix of communication, interpersonal and lateral thinking skills combined with detailed knowledge of library content management practices which will help you plan and shape services for the future.  

You will be expected to engage with, and influence, staff across the University (and beyond) to achieve collective goals, serving as a role model to Library Services staff with your flexible, enthusiastic, and positive attitude. 

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Library Services is at the heart of Cranfield University with operations in four different sites. Learn more about Library Services here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

N.B. Although our preference is for the role to be based primarily at our Cranfield campus, applicants are welcome to indicate in their application form whether they would prefer to work primarily from our Shrivenham campus instead.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Tim Wales, University Librarian, on (T): 01234 754446 or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4783.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 21 April 2024


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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