Head of Finance & Professor/Associate Professor in Low-Carbon/Sustainable/Green Finance

Heriot-Watt University


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    21 March 2022

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    Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University is a leading research-led university and provider of education with global reach. Edinburgh Business School is part of the School of Social Sciences and is one of five academic schools at Heriot-Watt University. The School has a strong presence in the University’s international campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia and comprises of seven academic disciplines: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Law, Operations Management and Logistics, and Strategy and Enterprises.

We are now seeking to appoint a Professor/Associate Professor in Finance with specific research interest in Net-Zero, Sustainability and Green Finance. You will join the School as Head of the Finance subject group, providing academic and operational leadership to build a world-class academic unit. The School has significant growth plans in place, with ambitions to become one of the top 50 Business Schools internationally by 2030 and is investing significantly in academic talent to achieve this.

As Head of Finance, you will help shape the subject group, developing new programmes and further developing the research and scholarship strategy. You will also contribute to multidisciplinary research programmes in low-carbon energy, net-zero, sustainability and circular economy through contemporary sustainability, carbon, and green finance perspectives.

We welcome applications from candidates at Professor or Associate Professor level. This is an exciting opportunity to move into a leadership role within a highly collaborative and supportive School, on an upward trajectory. This role could also provide the opportunity for candidates at Associate Professor level to move into their first Professorial role.

The ideal candidate will have a desire to mentor and develop more junior members of the team, good communication skills and a strong or growing research track record.

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 an informal conversation please contact Stephanie Crossland on 0113 268 0704 stephanie.crossland@gatenbysanderson.com

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 21st March

Longlist Meeting

Short Listing

Final Panel

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.
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