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Head of Employer Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Southampton, United Kingdom
£44,263 to £56,021 per annum
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

Employer Engagement & Work Experience

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £44,263 to £56,021 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:
Monday 01 July 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2752424LR

The University of Southampton is committed to excellence in all we do, applying our insights and inventiveness to solve the most complex societal and environmental challenges. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, we are renowned for our innovation and enterprise and are within the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise (CESE) is an essential part of the University, responsible for supporting our students and graduates to plan their future career paths and develop essential enterprising skills. It’s an exciting time to join the team as over the past year we have expanded from 35 to approximately 60 staff and are looking at opportunities for further targeting of and scaling up our activities in this area of work.

As Head of Employer Engagement and Knowledge Exchange, you will be responsible for the leadership, operational management and development of work experience, employer engagement, and all student knowledge exchange activity in CESE. You will oversee the development and implementation of an exemplary programme of activities and opportunities that enables students to develop and broaden their experience in preparation for their future careers.

You will work with external stakeholders, partners and organisations and co-ordinate with colleagues across the University involved in external engagement to broker and create opportunities for students. You will expand business engagement and develop external strategic relationships for the benefit of students and collaborate with the Student Enterprise team to maximise opportunities for students setting up their own businesses.

You will possess a skill level equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification or postgraduate degree. You will have an in-depth knowledge of work experience and awareness/understanding of employer engagement and enterprise considerations, and significant experience within a relevant field, e.g. higher education careers and employability/graduate recruitment. You will have proven project and people management skills and an understanding of the wider strategic picture in relation to the impact of work experience and student knowledge exchange on students in HE and the graduate labour market.

For a fuller understanding of what it is like to work within Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise, before applying via the University of Southampton website, please click 

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking for a management role including both strategic and operational responsibilities. We would strongly encourage you to contact us for an informal discussion about the role. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sarah Rogers:

We are committed to supporting our staff and students, we are open to a flexible and hybrid working approach.

As well as benefits such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days, we will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.

We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

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