Operations Manager, Research and Enterprise: The Open University

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

The role will support the Faculty’s income generation activity by assisting academics and other Faculty staff in developing and maintaining links with faculties and units, universities, funders and various industry sectors primarily for research, scholarship and consultancy purposes. The role will explore opportunities and identify gaps which could be developed to improve Faculty Research, Enterprise and Scholarship activity and income.

This role will provide first class account management for research, scholarship, teaching and consultancy funding activity, including initial applications and pre and post-award administration. Although the role will encompass activities from across the Faculty, there will be a focus on supporting the Centre for Policing Research and Learning. The role will also provide support with REF 2021 and beyond.

What we can offer

  • The opportunity to work closely with a wide range of academics and professional services staff across the Faculty, University and beyond
  • Be part of a team that helps academics deliver ground-breaking research, the impact of which can be seen across different sectors and disciplines
  • Involvement in a community that takes pride in the development and implementation of the Open University’s Social Mission
  • Training and development relevant to the role

Skills and Experience

You will have previous operational management and administration experience with a proactive service driven approach. You will be able to demonstrate previous experience of managing key internal and external stakeholder relationships.

You will also be comfortable working with budgets and have proven analytical skills with the ability to interpret and communicate information effectively.

A Post-Doctoral graduate seeking a career in research support could also be a good fit for this role as skills are transferrable.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description

What you get in return

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

If you would like to discuss the position, please contact Ivana Lickova, Acting Head of Partnerships, Research and Enterprise, FBL, Research Directorate at Ivana.Lickova@open.ac.uk

Closing date: Monday 8th June 2020 - Midday

Interview date: TBC

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online following the instructions below and clicking the “Apply Now” link below.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, no more than 2,000 words, providing examples of you meet the required skills and experience for this role as detailed in the job and person specification. Please insert a title, for example, previous operational experience and then provide evidence underneath how you meet this requirement. You can combine two or more skills/experiences into one section if appropriate.

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.

Please save your Personal Statement & CV document with the following file name: 17194, Surname, Initial (e.g. 17194, Jones P)

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

Apply Now

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to www.open.ac.uk/employment or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference above.

Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch within two weeks after the closing date.

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. Where you start in life doesn’t dictate where you go.


Closing date: 
Monday, June 8, 2020
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