Cardiff University – Director of Strategic Planning

Thank you for your interest in our ambition and vision to make Cardiff University an institution that is respected the world over. Our vision is to be a world-leading, research-excellent, educationally outstanding university, driven by creativity and curiosity, which fulfils its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, the UK and the world. We expect to improve our standing as one of the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK.

This is a high-profile position of critical importance to the University. You will lead all aspects of our strategic and operational planning processes to enable the University to meet and sustain its vision as outlined in the Way Forward. At the head of the Strategic Planning department, you will lead the development and articulation of strategic and operating plans and projects, as well as providing data to support strategic and tactical decision making, target setting and performance monitoring.

Your significant senior Strategic Planning experience will give you the ability to create and sustain an innovative professionally customer focused team. The ability to build productive relationships with senior stakeholders will be underpinned by specialist knowledge of performance and risk in a large complex organisation. Experience of delivering innovative technological and process change and of working within HE would be the icing on the cake.

Your ability to lead, develop and motivate staff and teams to effect change will be matched by the creativity and imagination to see new approaches and overcome obstacles. Crucially you will be objective and professional under pressure, possessing the tenacity and resilience to successfully challenge existing ways of doing things.

I am very proud to be the COO of this excellent institution and if you believe that you have the vision and passion to become our new Director of Strategic Planning, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Deborah Collins
Chief Operating Officer