Vacancy: Director of Technical Strategy and Services at the University of Exeter (CLOSED)

By 7th November 2022 November 21st, 2022 Closed Vacancies

Director of Technical Strategy and Services

Job reference: P85619
Date posted: 20/10/2022
Application closing date: 17/11/2022
Location: Exeter (Hybrid)
Salary: Salary will be around £70,000+ per annum, more for exceptional candidates.
Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

This full-time post is available from January 2023 on a permanent basis. This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This is a brand new and exciting role supporting the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact and the Divisional Director of Research to deliver on our Research and Innovation Strategy, and will represent the University nationally and internationally, establishing and leading University relationships. Our education agenda is equally important to our success, and the Director will work with colleagues across the university to contribute to the wider student experience.

You will be responsible for:

  • research infrastructure planning, facilitating sustainability and external income generation and leading the University’s Technicians Commitment as a key component of its research culture;
  • strategic leadership through the development and implementation of an institutional strategic plan for Technical Services provision to the University, Facilities, Institutes, Schools and Departments;
  • coherent leadership to a diverse and large team of around 230 staff of technical services and facilities staff
  • management and development of our specialist facilities

About You

We are looking for someone who is passionate about technical services and staff and their contributions to our academic endeavours. You will have  substantive strategic leadership and operational management experience in a large complex organisation, with technical knowledge and expertise related to research infrastructure and capital development. You should have strong analytical and decision-making capabilities, excellent organisational management and communication skills and be an excellent networker,  able to represent the University on the regional, national and international stage.

Please read the candidate brochure attached to find full details of this role, its duties and responsibilities, and what we are looking for. 


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world and the top 15 UK universities in global and national league tables.

We are one of the fastest growing research universities in the UK. For two successive years, we have increased our research awards to over £125 million. Our outstanding progress   s recently recognised in the University’s results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, in which we increased the proportion of our research, which is world-leading by more than 60 per cent. We also increased the size of our research community by 70 per cent since the last exercise eight years ago – more than any other Russell Group university.

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading researchour research facilities, and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England


Informal Enquiries

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Drs. Astrid Wissenburg, Divisional Director of Research, on