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Senior Strategy Manager

Unit :  Strategy Office
Salary :  £41,526 to £49,553
Location :  Various locations
Please quote reference :  18064
Full-time, Fixed Term Contract until 31 October 2021
Closing Date :  1 March, 2021 - 12:00

Flexible on location (Milton Keynes, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester) with occasional travel to Milton Keynes required.

Job share and flexible working patterns will 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

An exciting opportunity is available to join the Strategic Planning Team in the Strategy Office, to lead Unit Business Planning across the University in alignment with the University’s strategic vision and Strategic Plan, student number assumptions and financial context so that it serves the University and supports planning and resource allocation across the four Nations of the University.

You will be supporting the development and delivery of dedicated Vice-Chancellor’s Executive and Planning Coordination Group meetings and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders through the Unit Business Planning community. You will identify risks and challenges, and work with colleagues to develop appropriate response actions to ensure that the Unit Business Planning process meets its objectives. You will also help to develop the future direction of the University’s approach to Unit Business Planning through continuous improvement and external benchmarking.

Skills and experience

To be effective in this role, you will have excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills and an ability to contribute to the effective working of cross-functional teams.  This will be supported by excellent communication, organisational and analytical skills, with a calm approach to dealing with conflicting demands and challenging deadlines.  You will be able to apply these capabilities to collaborative pieces of work that can range from developing new processes to supporting Unit Business Planning stakeholders and facilitating discussions.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within 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 - 16:45

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,