Person specification

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities and experience:


  • PhD or professional doctorate in a relevant academic area.

  • A strategic and visionary outlook with the ability to support and lead the Faculty, fostering teamwork, including intra and cross-Faculty collaboration.

  • Prior leadership experience in a complex university and from within NMES disciplines – chemistry, computer science, physics, mathematics, engineering – with significant experience of managing budgets and people.

  • Role-modelling and championing academic excellence by demonstrating standing and credibility within the academic community.

  • A strong track-record in research and of attracting research funding. Whatever their discipline, candidates should have a general understanding of all disciplines within the Faculty in order to support this agenda.

  • A track record in ensuring a diverse, inclusive, and supportive work environment and the ability to devise and implement appropriate interventions where required.

  • A good understanding of what it takes to fulfil the tripartite mission of providing high-quality research, high-quality education, and high-quality partnership activity at scale.

  • The ability to inspire and empower others within the Faculty from junior members to those on the leadership team.

  • A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to influence culture change, particularly during a period of growth.


  • Excellent ambassadorial skills.

  • Understanding and delivery of financial sustainability, with knowledge of UK HE governance and funding arrangements.

  • Awareness of the overseas and postgraduate student markets.

  • Experience of making strategic, commercial and financial decisions.

  • Experience of innovation and engagement with commercial partners, or evidence of successful philanthropic engagement.