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Senior Faculty Planning and Operations Manager (2727)

Senior Faculty Planning and Operations Manager

We have an excited new role based in the Faculty Planning and Strategic Support team, supporting the Faculty of Business and Law in the delivery of their strategic objectives and targets.  The Senior Faculty Planning and Operations Manager will manage a small team of staff to provide high-level support for Faculty planning processes, strategic initiatives and operational delivery, reporting to the Director of Faculty Planning and Operations (DFPO) and working closely with the Faculty senior management team. 

We are looking for someone who has the ability to work autonomously, with authority, to foster and maintain excellent working relationships with staff at all levels across, and where appropriate outside of, the University. 


Typically, you will:

  • Manage the annual cycle of Faculty and Departmental planning activities;
  • Manage the annual schedule of business for the Faculty covering governance, communications and compliance requirements;
  • Lead on the Faculty’s operations planning (space, workforce etc.) working closely with Faculty and wider University colleagues;
  • Oversee the delivery of key strategic initiatives or projects within the Faculty;
  • Work collaboratively with other professional services colleagues to resolve problems and deliver integrated services for the Faculty.


The ideal candidate will have:

  •  Strong inter-personal and networking skills, with the ability to establish positive and effective working relationship with diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Very good problem solving and analytical skills, with the ability to work proactively and collaboratively to resolve issues;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the proven ability to manage and balance a complex workload;
  • Experience of strategic planning, project management and/or operations management, ideally within a higher education context;
  • Experience of managing a team, allocating workload setting objectives and supporting the development of staff.


About the team, Faculty and University:

This role sits with the Faculty Planning and Strategic Support team, an essential business partner team supporting the Faculty of Business and Law and part of the wider Strategic Planning Directorate at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

It is an exciting time to work at the University as the Strategic Planning Directorate is expanding to respond to new challenges. Strategic Planning supports the delivery of institutional strategy through oversight of the planning process, monitoring and analysing institutional performance, assessing risk and supporting strategy developments. We provide analysis and insight to support policy development.

The Faculty of Business and Law brings together the Business School and Manchester Law School in our award-winning building located in the centre of Manchester. We have supported industry and commerce in the city since 1889; today we offer high quality innovative undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, together with professional qualifications recognised by industry associations.  Most recently, our Business School has secured the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) which is a recognised global standard for excellence in management education.


Working at Manchester Metropolitan University:

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great, modern university, in a great global city, here to make an impact on Manchester, our nation and beyond. We offer the opportunity for passionate and committed individuals to make a difference to the lives of people and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups, which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

How to apply: Please submit your CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the vacancy, specifically how you meet the essential criteria, specifically the following (1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 4.1, 4.3)  and what is set out in the person specification of the job description.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Catherine Mills (Director of Faculty Planning & Operations on

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Professional Services
  • Salary:
    Grade 9 (£42,792 - £49,553)
  • Closing Date:
    5 April 2020
  • Contract Type:
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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