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Strategic Projects Office

Here at the University of Bath we are investing in a new Strategic Projects Office that will have a fundamental role in leading and delivering strategic change. These three roles will transform the way the University delivers change to achieve strategic impact. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to utilise your expertise and experience to the full, helping to shape the future direction of our high-performing university at a critical time for higher education sector. 

What will you achieve?

You will work with our new Director to lead the establishment of a new Strategic Projects Office (SPO) and build portfolio, programme, project and change management capability within the SPO. 

These roles underpin the delivering our Strategy and will work closely with senior leadership teams, academics, professional services, students and the wider community to create a shared approach to delivering the transformation. Each of the roles will lead teams that have critical contributions to make to the design, creation, development and success of our SPO. 

Deputy Director – Portfolio Management - Ref   

Lead the establishment and ongoing operation of the Strategic Projects Office and develop an integrated approach to portfolio management that aligns our strategy, delivery and performance, optimising our resources to deliver strategic impact.  

Deputy Director – Strategic Change - Ref CC8391R  

Lead our approach to strategic change, developing our capability and supporting methodologies alongside driving organisational wide engagement. You will provide leadership, guidance, and expert advice on all areas of the identification, resourcing and delivery of strategic change required to realise our University Strategy.  

Senior Programme Manager - Ref  

Deliver complex change programmes critical to the delivery of our University Strategy. You take ownership of the setting up of a new team through to delivery of new capabilities and the establishment of governance and realisation of benefits. Advising senior leadership teams on setting up programmes for success you will provide mentoring to staff from across the University in project management roles. 


What are our ambitions

Our Vision is to be an outstanding and inclusive University community, characterised by excellence in education, research, and innovation, working in partnership with others for the advancement of knowledge, in support of the global common good.  

Over the next five years we will become more agile in our response to the rapidly changing local, national and global environment, consolidating our strengths and advancing our activities in scale and impact. For more details our future plans please see our 2021 – 2026 Strategy.

How will we support you:

Within our highly supporting working culture we encourage all staff to learn, develop new skills and progress their careers throughout their employment with us. There is a variety of opportunities that will help you to enhance your performance in your current job, prepare for other positions within the University and to move on to other roles.

We expect you will be working partly from home and from the campus, due to the nature of these roles it will be key to work closely with senior colleagues and understand the cultural dynamics of a campus-based university.  


Our commitment to you:

We value, promote and celebrate inclusion. We believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our staff and students. Our assessment approach ensures you will have the opportunity to promote your individuality, and we will make all offers based on your competencies and experience relative to the role. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award.

We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Current Opportunities:

As the first three roles within the SPO this is an exciting time to be at the start of the change journey, we will soon be adding Business Analysts, Project Managers amongst others to this new team, so please do set up a Job Alert if there isn't a role here that suits your skill-set.

Deputy Director SPO – Strategic Change

Deputy Director SPO – Portfolio Management

Senior Programme Manager - SPO