Senior Vice-Principal

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
21 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



Job Reference: WVBP
Closing Date: Friday 20 July 2018

Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK. Consistently ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities, in 2018 Aberdeen was listed 185th in the THE World Rankings and 28th in the Complete University Guide’s 2019 rankings.  Aberdeen has a diverse and vibrant community of over 15,000 students, 2900 staff and an annual turnover of £222m. The University plays a crucial role in shaping the educational, cultural and economic life of an internationally important region of Scotland.  Aberdeen is a broad-based, research-intensive university which puts students at the heart of everything it does. Outstanding in a wide range of discipline areas, Aberdeen has a strong reputation for its international reach and the commercialisation of research ideas into spin-out companies.

The University is now looking to appoint a new Senior Vice-Principal (SVP).  Accountable through the Principal & Vice-Chancellor to the University Court and working closely with the Senior Management Team, the new SVP will make a significant contribution to the delivery of the ambitions, values and strategic goals of the University as set out in the Strategic Plan.  The SVP will deputise for the Principal, provide direct line management to all Heads of School and have strategic oversight of the delivery of School plans. The SVP will also work closely with the Vice Principals, University Secretary, and other members of the Professional Services leadership team. 

Good candidates will bring a proven track record of success at a senior level in developing and implementing academic strategy.  S/he will also possess the ability to foster and deliver a strong performance ethos coupled with highly developed interpersonal and motivational skills.  Candidates should bring significant leadership and management experience, strong personal impact and gravitas and an awareness of key issues and challenges facing the Higher Education sector.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Aberdeen on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference WVBP.  Alternatively email or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Friday 20 July 2018.