Head of Research Operations, College of Social Sciences

University of Birmingham

Birmingham (minimum 3 days per week on campus)

  • Location Birmingham (minimum 3 days per week on campus)
  • Sector Education
  • Client University of Birmingham
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration Competitive
  • Reference GSe112473
  • Closing Date Monday 19th August 2024

Are you ready to lead and inspire a team of research support professionals, in the vibrant and dynamic environment of the University of Birmingham? We are seeking a dedicated and innovative Head of Research Operations (College of Social Sciences) in our Research Strategy & Services Division (RSSD).

About Us

The University of Birmingham is a world-class institution at the heart of a diverse and lively city. We're dedicated to delivering an exceptional educational experience to our students and conducting groundbreaking research that has a global impact. As part of our professional services team, you’ll play a crucial role in supporting our researchers and ensuring our resources are managed effectively to meet our ambitious goals.

Role Overview

You will lead a team dedicated to supporting the College of Social Sciences' research efforts. This pivotal role involves managing pre-award research support, compliance, grants setup, and contracts negotiation. You will report directly to the Assistant Director of RSSD and collaborate closely with senior leadership to drive the University's research performance to new heights.

The role provides an opportunity for you to lead and inspire a team of research support professionals, ensuring efficient management of research development, proposal support, budget preparation, compliance, and contract negotiations; and to foster a culture of collaboration, continuous professional development, and inclusive practice within your team and the wider RSSD.

You will act as a signatory for research contracts, ensuring robust frameworks for negotiation and compliance with legal and regulatory standards, and lead innovations to enhance research support services. The RSSD is committed to your professional development and so you will be supported to build strong external networks across the Russell Group, professional bodies, and the wider sector to promote best practices and secure influential partnerships.

Why Join Us?

At the University of Birmingham, we value ambition, innovation, openness, collaboration, and responsibility. You’ll be part of a forward-thinking institution where your contributions are recognised and your career can flourish. Join us in making a real and positive difference in the world through cutting-edge research and exceptional educational experiences.

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If you are ready to take on this exciting challenge and lead our research operations to new heights, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson for further details: Sophie Hester sophie.hester@gatenbysanderson.com 

Our Commitment to Equality

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and we are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences, and abilities. We actively promote equality and diversity within our workforce.

Join us at the University of Birmingham and be part of a community that is shaping the future of research and education.

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