Director of Operations

Keele, Staffordshire, Shropshire
Grade 9, Salary range: £51,630 - £61,618 pa
21 Dec 2018
21 Jan 2019
Contract Type

Harper & Keele Veterinary School

The Harper and Keele Veterinary School is seeking to appoint a Director of Operations. A unique partnership between two outstanding universities, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School brings together two distinctive institutions with a track record of excellence in education and student experience, to provide an exciting new opportunity for students to train to become vets.

Pooling the ambitions, experience and resources of both universities, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School will represent a unique and significant step forward in the provision of veterinary medicine in the UK. We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Harper and Keele Veterinary School students in 2020.

Together Keele and Harper Adams universities have 186 years of heritage in the animal and human health areas. Both institutions are recognised for their strengths in employability, student satisfaction and first class teaching and have a shared commitment to research in food security and sustainability.

Set on a 635 hectare farm in Shropshire, Harper Adams University has a long pedigree in agriculture and animal sciences, supported by first class animal facilities; veterinary nursing and veterinary physiotherapy. Keele University in nearby Staffordshire is a broad-based research intensive university with sustained excellence in life sciences as well as being home to a highly successful medical school, frequently ranked among the UK’s top ten. The joint veterinary school will provide students with the opportunity to take advantage of both institutions with a common commitment to excellence and complementary skills.

You will be an outstanding leader, and will play a pivotal role in the establishment and smooth running of the joint vet school. You will be jointly appointed by both institutions and be the most senior professional services staff member within the School, reporting directly to the Head of School. With proven leadership and management skills you will head a team of professional services staff, have responsibility for the operational running of the School and budgets, and manage the interface between the two universities. An excellent oral and written communicator you will have the ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external colleagues, including in the wider industry and veterinary profession.

You will be based at both campuses in order to ensure that the school is managed across the sites in a cohesive way. You will be expected to work across both campuses.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Ximena Canter, Strategic Project Manager, Keele University, tel: 01782 733662, email:

Harper Adams University and Keele University value diversity, and are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, and to proper and fair representation across its senior decision making groups. In support of these commitments, the Universities particularly welcome expressions of interest and applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds for this post.

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Closing date for applications: 21 January 2019.

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