Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School and the Head of the School of Social Sciences

Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh, with regular international travel

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    Edinburgh, with regular international travel

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  • Expiry date

    07 February 2022

  • Client

    Heriot-Watt University

Ref: GSe79761






The Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School & School of Social Sciences is a unique and exciting role. It seeks to leverage the pioneering and entrepreneurial heritage of Edinburgh Business School with the deep traditions of Heriot-Watt University as a leading research-led university and provider of education with global reach.

Edinburgh Business School and the wider School of Social Sciences are major contributors to the success of the University, and is composed of an expanded Edinburgh Business School, and the Departments of Psychology and Languages & Intercultural Studies. It is the largest school within the institution in terms of both income and the number of students –over 6500 students at our three global locations and more than 10,000 studying wholly online.

The Executive Dean reports to the Vice Principal & Provost and is a core member of the Global Operations Executive, which is charged with the operationalisation of the University’s strategy, Strategy 2025. Edinburgh Business School and the School of Social Sciences are playing a leading role in the delivery of Strategy 2025 through substantial growth in education and training provision, including executive education, and research, enterprise & innovation, and the University is committed to supporting this growth through substantial investment.

We are seeking an Executive Dean to lead the growth of the Edinburgh Business School and the School of Social Sciences to excellence by developing and delivering an inspiring plan for the School. This plan will drive up student satisfaction into the top decile of the sector within five years and move Edinburgh Business School into the top 50 internationally by 2030 if not before.

The ideal candidate will have a strong external profile and will bring substantial leadership experience at a senior level which spans multi-national business and/or academia. With outstanding financial and business acumen expressed in tone and aspiration, candidates will have a track record of successfully leading major change in diverse cultural contexts and a values-led approach to leadership.  

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.


Further Information


This executive search process is being managed by GatenbySanderson. For information about this opportunity, the person specification and how to apply, please visit www.join-heriot-watt.com or contact Ross Highfield 07891 138 886 ross.highfield@gatenbysanderson.com  


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 7th February

Longlist Meeting
Thursday 17th February

Short Listing
Monday 28th February

Final Panel
Monday 21st March

How to Apply


  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com



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