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Head of Strategic Planning

Unit :  Strategy Office
Salary :  £52,560 to £59,135
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18062
Permanent, Full Time post
Closing Date :  1 March, 2021 - 12:00

Job share and flexible working patterns will be considered. 

This role is based in Milton Keynes, partial homeworking could be considered.

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 

This is an exciting opportunity to use your strategy and planning skills in the development of the Open University’s strategy for the coming years.

The Head of Strategic Planning will play a key role in the development and review of the University’s Strategy, working closely with the Director of Strategy to co-ordinate strategic discussions with the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive and other stakeholders across the University.

The postholder is responsible to the Director of Strategy for co-ordinating a holistic approach to strategic planning, including the University’s business planning cycle, institutional performance reporting, risk management framework and effective engagement across the University.

You are expected to have good strategic awareness, develop a sound knowledge and appreciation of the University’s operations and build effective relationships with stakeholders across the institution. You will lead and manage a high-performing team of Senior Strategy Managers.

Skills and experience 

You will have:

  • Experience of contributing to the development of strategy, preferably within a Higher Education context
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and coach colleagues
  • A track record as an effective collaborator with strong interpersonal skills, able to establish effective working relationships with diverse groups and individuals
  • The ability to influence at all levels.

More information is provided via a link to the Job Description below. 

What you get in return 

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition. 

How to apply 

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.  

To apply for this role please submit the following; 

  • CV  
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.  

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.  

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application. 


Remember to attach your CV and Personal Statement as ONE DOCUMENT.   

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role.  

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).  

Closing date:   1st March 2021, 12:00 noon

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed.

If you would like further details about the role before making an application then please email your query through to quoting the reference number and job title or contact Maureen Pittam 01908 652971.

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

Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  8 February, 2021 - 12:45

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,