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Academic Strategy Manager

Strategy Office
£33,199 to £39,609 plus exceptional benefits
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Full-time (flexibility considered with a minimum of 30 hours per week)
Closing Date: 
2 September, 2019 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

An exciting opportunity is available to join the new Academic Strategy Support Team in the Strategy Office, supporting the work of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the VCE Academic management group as they create new models of shared academic accountability.

You will manage cross-institutional projects, working collaboratively with project teams and stakeholders, including academic leaders, operational experts, management and advisory groups and academic governance.  

You will initially be responsible for planning, monitoring and reporting on activity to deliver the agreed priorities of the University’s Curriculum Plan.  You will manage risks and work with colleagues to develop mitigating action in response to risks and issues.  You will also be required to provide similar management support for more discrete pieces of work in support of academic strategic objectives.

Skills and experience

To be effective in this role, you will have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and an ability to contribute to the effective working of cross-functional teams.  This will be supported by excellent communication and organisational skills, with a calm approach to tight or changing deadlines.  You will be able to apply these abilities to collaborative pieces of work that can range from exploratory reviews to structured projects.

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term.  Benefits include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

Just complete the short application form and send this to us with a copy of your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, demonstrating how you meet the person specification, to  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number 16333.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role further, please contact Michael Flack ( or 01908 659831).

Closing date:  Midday Monday 2 September 2019
Interview date:  Thursday 12 September 2019

Please note: If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Assistant on 01908 541111 or by email, see link above, quoting the reference number 16333.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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Posting Date: 
15 July, 2019 - 14:15