Role description

King’s has an ambitious vision for the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences and our next Executive Dean will play a key role in shaping the future direction and achievements of natural, mathematical and engineering sciences at King’s. This includes building on the existing disciplinary strengths across the Faculty, supporting the growth of the engineering offering and building and enhancing interdisciplinary opportunities with other Faculties. With a vision to establish King’s as an outstanding institution in our disciplinary areas, it will be vital to maintain the high-quality research and build upon the existing portfolio, as well as support impact activity, academic and student recruitment within a rapidly growing Faculty, and oversee significant space and capital investment activity.

Main duties and responsibilities

Leadership, strategy, planning and partnerships

  • Work with the President & Principal, Senior Vice President (Academic) and the University Executive to deliver the vision and broader academic mission of the university; assuming collective responsibility for its strategic direction, development and performance, as well as leading specific institution-wide initiatives.

  • Lead the continued success of the Faculty, playing a pivotal role in the strategic development, governance and operation of the Faculty’s education, research and enterprise through the effective leadership of staff and management of resources, and in alignment with University and Faculty strategic goals.

  • Drive the Faculty’s partnership agenda, fostering strong strategic relationships with key stakeholders, including NHS health partners, government and industry, which enhance the Faculty’s role in education, research and enterprise.

  • Serving on King’s committees and participating in corporate activities, as well as representing the Faculty and King’s externally, by networking and attending key national and international events, with the aim of enhancing reputation and contributing to the university’s continual development.

Education and research

  • Ensure, within the limits of available resources, that effective arrangements exist within the Faculty to enable academic excellence in education, research and external engagement, within the strategic framework established by the University.

  • Work closely with the VP (Education & Student Success) and Faculty Vice Dean (Education) to enable delivery of an exceptional student experience, underpinned by a world-class education, which equips students for academic and lifelong success.

  • Working closely with the VP (Research & Innovation) and Faculty Vice Deans (Research) and (Enterprise & Engagement) to enable sustainable excellence in research and innovation, with particular focus on research growth and impact, high-quality outputs and enhancing research culture.

  • Foster an environment in which academics identify and exploit strategic opportunities and build on interdisciplinary links and partnerships internally and across other King’s Faculties, as well as with external academic and industrial partners.

People and culture

  • Promote and foster a positive and inclusive culture that supports diversity, equality, engagement and wellbeing across our community of staff and students and in all aspects of the Faculty’s operations.

  • Establish and maintain a high performing, inclusive and respected senior leadership team, and oversee the management, performance and development of the Faculty’s academic staff, in a manner that builds a thriving staff community, underpinned by King’s guiding principles.

  • Establish appropriate systems and tools to enable the effective management of workload across the Faculty.


The new Quad redevelopment at Strand Campus
The new Quad redevelopment on Strand Campus

  • Accountable for Faculty financial performance.

  • Drive the Faculty’s financial strategy, identifying and executing opportunities for revenue growth, including securing philanthropic engagement in areas of work which align with Faculty and University strategic ambitions.

  • Lead the Faculty’s planning processes, ensuring that all resources are deployed to maximise efficiency and effectiveness and delivering agreed performance targets in support of strategic priorities.

  • Foster innovation and entrepreneurship within the Faculty and King’s more broadly, proactivity developing, and encouraging faculty relations with alumni philanthropists and other key stakeholders.

Please note this job description reflects the core activities of the Executive Dean. There may be changes in the emphasis of duties and it is expected that the post holder recognises this, adopting a flexible approach to work and willingness to participate in training. If changes to the post become significant, the job description will be reviewed by the post holder and line manager(s), to provide Human Resources with the revised job description.

Background and experience

Ideal candidates will have the ability to:

  • Translate strategic vision into reality, designing frameworks to turn plans into action.

  • Think analytically and creatively to solve complex strategic and organisational problems.

  • Respond positively to change, demonstrating agility and flexibility when responding to challenges.

  • Demonstrate confidence and courage to respond to challenges, as well as own and implement difficult decisions, being accountable for actions.

  • Build strong relationships and support for initiatives, working collaboratively to align activity and resources to delivery faculty objectives, as well as encourage multi-disciplinary and cross-functional working to achieve shared objectives.

  • Articulate ideas and messages with clarity and consistency in a variety of ways to diverse audiences.

  • Cultivate strong networks and build links with the wider community, business, industry and other stakeholders.