Senior Operations Manager (Research, Enterprise and Scholarship): The Open University

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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 Faculty of Business and Law are looking to recruit a strong operational manager to support the Head of Partnerships in leading and managing the Research, Enterprise and Scholarship team.

The team overall are responsible for the Faculty’s income generation activity by assisting academics and other faculty staff in developing and maintaining relationships with funders, partners and other relevant bodies primarily for research, scholarship and consultancy purposes.

This role will take an operational lead in managing a busy team of around 6 people, who work closely with academics across the faculty on funding applications, bidding pipelines and scholarship projects.

Skills and experience

This role would suit an individual who has strong operational and project management skills with previous experience of managing and motivating a multi discipline, fast paced team.

There will be opportunity to work closely with the Head of Partnerships to learn the processes and detail around income generation and bidding activity. You would suit this role if you have had previous experience of translating strategy and policy into operational plans and enjoy working with a range of stakeholders building internal and external networks.

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.

How to apply

Please submit an application form, together with a copy of your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of an A4, giving specific examples of where your skills and experiences meet the required competencies for the role, to  

In writing your letter, examine carefully the description of the role and analyse how your skills, knowledge and experience match with the requirements set out in the person specification.

Please pick out specific examples from your experience which clearly demonstrate that you have the particular knowledge and capabilities required in the person specification.

When submitting your application, please make sure that your communication includes the following in the subject line: “APPLICATION – Senior Operations Manager – FBL – 16475”. 

Closing date: Midday on 26th November 2019

Interview date: 13th December 2019

Closing date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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