Head of Planning

Canterbury, Kent (GB)
£49,149 - £52,132
22 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Head of Planning
Full Time (37 hours per week) 


Grade K 
Salary £49,149 - £52,132


Within the Planning and Academic Administration Directorate, the Planning team is responsible for the coordination of the University’s strategic and operational planning framework with members of the Senior Management Team, incorporating academic planning, the development and review of the five-year strategic plan along with annual and three-year business and resource planning. As part of this, the team provides regular external horizon scanning and policy briefings to inform strategic and operational decisions, ensuring alignment of activity to the University’s Strategic Planning Framework 2015-2020. 

The Planning Team, overseen by the Head of Planning, is vital to enabling student and staff success at Canterbury Christ Church University, through the co-ordination of the annual student number planning processes including modelling and target setting in liaison with Faculties and other Professional Services. 

The team develops and owns the University’s corporate business intelligence, management information, Key Performance Indicators and dashboards. The team is also responsible for submitting statutory returns to external agencies and bodies.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to influence and shape the future direction of Canterbury Christ Church University.  Reporting through the Deputy Director of Planning and Academic Administration (with responsibility for Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement), the Head of Planning will inform and advise the Director and members of the Senior Management Team on strategic and operational planning matters across the University.  They will coordinate academic planning activity in liaison with Faculties, Schools and other Professional Services.  

The Head of Planning will be expected to lead on the submission of statutory returns to the University’s funding and other regulatory bodies including the provision of assurance about their quality. The post holder will lead on planning and performance monitoring, oriented around student-based data and academic management information, as well as leading on the student number planning process. Overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of information in a clear and concise way to inform senior decision making is a key aspect of the role.  This includes contributing to regular external horizon scanning and policy briefings.

The role holder will liaise closely with senior stakeholders in the development of our new Strategic Framework 2020 – 2025 and in the development and continuous improvement of associated business plans on a rolling three-year cycle, ensuring the appropriate systems and process are in place to enable both strategic and operational planning.  

Participation in University Committees, working groups and other networks is an essential element of the role in order to shape and influence strategic, policy and operational decision making.

The Person 

Effective at building and maintaining relationships and networks across the higher education sector and beyond, the successful candidate will play a key management role in influencing the future direction of the University through the compilation of external returns, the provision of strategic planning and analysis, and the provision of management information and business intelligence solutions.  

Dynamic and technically confident, the successful candidate will oversee the Planning team, and will connect and lead Planning specialists within the University and contribute to and lead networks across the sector.  

Proactive and able to present complex information in an impactful way, the successful Head of Planning will be highly effective in researching, analysing and communicating information which may be highly detailed, technical or specialist.  The successful candidate will need to present this information in a variety of formats in an accessible way which highlights the main issues and implications.  

The successful candidate will need to exercise a significant degree of independent decision making in leading the submission of data returns and associated data requirements.  They will also participate in the provision of advice and information to inform the decision making of project teams and policy groups.

He/she will have demonstrable experience of carrying out primary and secondary research into policy trends in HE and advise the Senior Management Team and the wider Senior Leadership Group about these trends and their implications for the University.

The successful candidate will have a track record using initiative and creative thinking to research and implement systems solutions to complex problems. They will have the ability to navigate existing systems and processes which may provide constraints which will impact upon optimal solutions, and will therefore possess the ability to “think outside of the box”.

The post holder will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance to ensure a consistent and structured approach to external returns and business intelligence.  They will be required to guide members of their team on procedures and act as a role model for their professionalism to the University community.  

Additional Information

How to apply 

Start date for applications:         15 June 2018
Closing date for applications:     15 July 2018 
Interviews are to be held:         Week commencing 30 July 2018

To apply online, please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button below.  To gain further details about this post please visit our Vacancies page: www.canterbury.ac.uk

Informal enquiries can be directed to Amy Bray, Deputy Director of Planning & Academic Administration (Strategic Planning & Continuous Improvement) on amy.bray@canterbury.ac.uk 

If you require further information regarding the application process please contact the Recruitment Team at hr.recruitment@canterbury.ac.uk quoting reference number PAA0037.  

Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Prior consideration will be given to applicants in the University’s redeployment pool. No agencies, thank you.

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