Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

Manchester (GB)
09 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Manchester
Appointment of Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint a Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer (RSCOO) to succeed Will Spinks who will retire from the University in September 2018. 

The University of Manchester is internationally renowned as a world-class research led and teaching institution with a unique emphasis on social responsibility. A member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, and ranked 34th in the world according to the most recent QS World Rankings, Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK hosting nearly 40,500 students, and with over 12,000 staff.

The RSCOO is a key member of the President and Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Team, which leads the University. S/he is required to take responsibility for, and provide leadership to, all of the University’s Professional Support Services and works closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, serving as her principal policy adviser on a wide range of issues facing the University. 

The RSCOO also acts as Secretary to the University Board of Governors, thus giving him/her a dual responsibility as a member of the Senior Executive Team but able to advise the Board impartially as to its duties and responsibilities on matters relating to governance.

The successful candidate will have opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of the University at an exciting stage of its development. Building on existing success, the RSCOO will drive and inspire change to support the University’s evolution and ensure the continuation of this trajectory. Potential applicants should be able to demonstrate an appropriate depth and breadth of senior operational experience gained in a relevant environment, and experience of leading transformational change in a complex setting. They should bring an understanding of, and empathy with, the higher education sector, and demonstrate a good appreciation of supporting effective corporate governance.

The University of Manchester will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver. For further details, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see quoting 3444. The deadline for applications is Friday 6th April 2018.

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