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Director of Operations

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£65,998 - £81,375 per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is at the forefront of delivering our Regional Civic Responsibilities through collaborative and cutting-edge Innovation Centres within the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD). We are leading the way for Northern Ireland to be an exceptional region for innovation, bringing together great minds and creative thinking from across these islands to solve some of the biggest global challenges. Our vision is for Queen's to be recognised as an innovative and sustainable sectoral leader and our Innovation Centres include major programmes in Engineering, Deep Tech and Health & Life Sciences such as iREACH Health, Momentum One Zero (M1.0), and AMIC. These initiatives will not only contribute significantly to the economic and societal growth of Northern Ireland but also position Queen's as a leader in the global innovation landscape.

CSIT is the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security based at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and sits as a core research centre within Momentum One Zero. Founded in 2009, CSIT has a strong international reputation for its work in coupling major breakthroughs in the field of secure information technologies with a proven model of innovation and commercialisation to drive technological advantage and resilience across industry sectors. CSIT has been a critical factor in establishing Northern Ireland as the UK's leading cyber security cluster by promoting 2,700 new cyber security related jobs through spinout activity, indigenous business scale-up and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the region. The Royal Society recognised CSIT's major contribution to the successful development of this sector in its 2020 'Research and innovation clusters' report while the UK Research and Development Roadmap, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in 2020 highlighted CSIT as a case study on how investment in research, development and innovation can deliver economic impact to the surrounding area and beyond.

CSIT and M1.0 will play a pivotal role in executing the strategic vision for Queen's University Belfast. M1.0 will apply its deep capabilities in cyber, wireless and AI ('Secure Connected Intelligence') to deliver economic and social impact through strong collaboration with other academic disciplines (e.g. in Health and AgriTech), businesses, and public sector and other stakeholders. CSIT and its 'Secure' capabilities and national and international reputation will be key to this impact, while also acting as a critical enabler in continuing to grow the Cyber Security industry in NI.

CSIT is looking for an exceptional Director of Operations who will provide strategic direction and drive sustainability, industry engagement and operational excellence for CSIT. Crucial to the development of Northern Ireland's digital economy, you will take overall responsibility for engaging with businesses and stakeholders to identify and secure opportunities for CSIT, both nationally and internationally, to make an economic and social impact, aligned with the broader remit of M1.0, sustaining relationships through and beyond the delivery of outputs and realisation of the impact.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

  • An honours degree or equivalent in a science, technology or engineering discipline OR substantial professional experience of working at a senior level to apply these disciplines successfully in a business environment.
  • Significant senior management experience including operational and financial in a demanding, rapidly changing high technology environment (e.g. business, academia, research institute).
  • Demonstrable track record of fostering strategic relationships and partnerships with public and private sector organisations, including dealing with large international technology corporations and/or technology intensive SMEs
  • A track record of commercial income or research income generation.
  • A proven track record of successfully delivering strategic outcomes with agility, flexibility and creativity.
  • Experience of leading high performing teams; developing team members through motivation and delegation.
  • Significant project management experience with evidence of delivering strategic outcomes, effective resource planning and risk management with agility, flexibility and creativity.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, please visit our website.


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