Director of Open Programmes and Director of Customised Programmes (2 posts)

Cranfield University
April 21, 2024
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Director of Open Programmes and Director of Customised Programmes (2



Cranfield Management Development Limited


School of Management

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

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  • 4781 - JD & Person Spec - Customised Programmes.pdf (PDF, 148.05kb)

  • 4781 - JD & Person Spec - Open Programmes.pdf (PDF, 146.57kb)

  • Role Description

    An exciting opportunity to shape the future of Executive Development at Cranfield School of Management

    Cranfield Executive Development (CED) is recruiting for two key roles that will lead and drive a new era for executive education at Cranfield. We are currently looking for both;

    Director of Customised Programmes and Director of Open Programmes

    We welcome applications from talented individuals for two distinct, but interrelated, high profile posts. Each post offers the opportunity to succeed within a highly-visible, critical part of our executive development portfolio, and contribute to our future strategic direction.

    As members of CED's Senior Management Team, each Director will be responsible for strategic leadership of these flagship parts of the portfolio. They will be responsible for revenue, profitability, quality, and accelerated growth by leading, developing, and shaping the future of either Customised Programmes or Open Programmes. Each Director will lead (and line manage) separate sales teams, but will need to work closely together in order to provide a unified approach, ensuring clients are able to take full advantage of the Cranfield portfolio.

    About You

    Director of Customised Programmes:

    You will be an experienced leader in executive development and ideally have worked in a University based setting. You will have expertise in in designing, delivering, and directing client-focussed executive education programmes and learning solutions. You will have experience of building and leading your own successful portfolio. You will mentor, develop and lead a team to build and deliver their own portfolios and associated revenue. You will bring credibility and gravitas through your experience working at C-suite and Director level and will have excellent collaboration and influencing skills, enabling you to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

    Director of Open Programmes:

    You will be responsible for growth, quality, and profitability of our open programmes portfolio. You will have experience of designing, delivering, and managing executive education programmes, including, as a minimum, delivery of Leadership-related programmes. With up-to-date knowledge of leadership theories and effective practices, you will be able to connect corporate requirements, Cranfield faculty expertise and essential programme content. You will have proven commercial acumen and experience of leading a sales-focused team. You will bring credibility and gravitas through your experience working at C-suite and Director level and will have excellent collaboration and influencing skills.

    About Us

    Cranfield Executive Development (CED) is a world class provider of executive development programmes to individuals and organisations across the globe, ranging from Multi-Nationals to Not for Profit, and from Government to SMEs. We are renowned for the way we work in partnership with our clients to address their specific organisational development and individual talent development needs, and become critical friends to support their long-term success. Find out more about our work here.

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    Cranfield Management Development Limited (CMDL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University. CMDL largely supports a portfolio of customised and executive programmes offered.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity with Mark Threlfall (Director), please contact his PA Victoria Castillo [email protected]

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected]. Please quote reference number 4781.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 21 April 2024

    Interviews to be held:

    Stage 1: w/c 13th May 2024

    Stage 2: w/c 10th & w/c 17th June 2024

    Stage 3: 11th July 2024

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