Executive Director of Transformation

University of Glassgow
December 13, 2022
Offerd Salary:Salary is competitive dependent on experience.
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Executive Director of Transformation

Job Purpose

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint an Executive Director of Transformation to lead the ongoing design, implementation and rollout of its transformation programme.

This highly challenging position will require an individual with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence, negotiate and challenge fixed mind-sets while building excellent working relationships at all levels.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent and quantifiable record of achievement in leading and managing change in large, multifaceted and complex organisations, as well as a proven track record of project management and team leadership.

The Executive Director of Transformation will be accountable to a Transformation Delivery Board chaired by the Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). (S)he will work in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer, who is the senior responsible officer for the programme, and with other members of the Senior Management Group and leaders of the University's academic and professional service units.

Knowledge of and an affinity with the Higher Education sector would be an advantage, but applications are welcome from recognised professionals without prior experience of working in the sector.

Working with “sponsors” and senior staff seconded to the transformation programme, the Executive Director of Transformation will oversee the successful completion of a number of projects. The Executive Director of Transformation will also build the business cases for further projects.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and definition to the University's transformation programme in accordance with the Glasgow Professional Behavioural Framework (see https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/glasgowprofessional/
  • Proactively identify opportunities to advance the University's strategy and vision through change initiatives that will deliver measurable business improvement.
  • Maintain the overall business case for the transformation programme, ensuring appropriate allocation of resources and pursuing value for money throughout.
  • Define success criteria for change initiatives and secure approval of these from the Transformation Delivery Board, including clear linkages to the benefits realisation process and relevant benefit owner.
  • Conduct options appraisals and develop clear cases for change, designing projects that are credible with respect to costs, benefits, resourcing, timescales, governance, risk management and organisational capacity, both in the core transformation team and the wider University.
  • Carry out relevant horizon scanning and external benchmarking for best practice in delivering an efficient and effective organisation.
  • Drive the promotion and adoption of innovative working practices, organisational reform and cultural change amongst key stakeholders and the wider University community. Review the existing mechanisms for owning and driving change across the University, identifying where appropriate recommendations for change e.g., to ensure that proposals for change are embedded within the organisation.
  • Facilitate mechanisms that encourage bottom-up consultation and reform.
  • Model a collaborative and influencing culture and style of working across the organisation, building strategic networks of change leaders and champions.
  • Negotiate potentially difficult situations to secure successful outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders at all levels to ensure buy-in.
  • Review and if appropriate recommend changes to the approach to benefits realisation currently in place at the University. This may include the end-to-end benefits realisation process i.e., from initial identification to the point it is signed off by the relevant accountable member of Senior Management Group or specific points in that process, informed by experience elsewhere.
  • Make presentations to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Deputise for other senior leaders within the organisation where relevant and appropriate and fulfil any other duties that may reasonably be required.
  • Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



    A1 Educated to Postgraduate Masters level or experience of working at an equivalent level in a specialist area.

    A2 Evidence of commitment to personal CPD.

    A3 Demonstrable commitment to the values, beliefs and expected behaviours of the University (see https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/strategy/ and Glasgow Professional Behavioural Framework. https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/glasgowprofessional/

    A4 Experience of a widely recognised approach to process and project management.

    A5 An appreciation of the public/private sector hybrid culture found in Higher Education Institutes.


    B1 Membership of a relevant professional body.

    Skills Essential:

    C1 Excellent people and communication skills, with the ability to negotiate highly complex matters and difficult situations with diplomacy and tact.

    C2 High degree of political acumen and proficiency in stakeholder management.

    C3 High-level analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

    C4 Ability to adapt and respond flexibly to a rapidly changing, dynamic environment.

    C5 Ability to provide, receive, convey and present highly complex, sensitive and/or contentious information to large groups, responding openly to questions to ensure full understanding and engagement.

    C6 Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels and from all relevant job families, including academic, clinical, technical and operational, managerial and professional.

    C7 Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to draw on quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources to assess options, present arguments and make evidence-based recommendations in a clear and concise manner.

    C8 Ability to use sound judgement in the absence of clear guidelines or precedent.

    C9 Ability to use initiative and organise workload independently, allocating work as necessary and working to tight deadlines.

    C10 Ability to make decisions on difficult issues autonomously when required.

    C11 Highly developed leadership and management skills including strategic thinking and planning.

    C12 Ability to lead, manage and motivate colleagues and teams.

    C13 Proficient working knowledge of relevant enterprise software.


    D1 Effective user of social networks and other communication avenues in a professional context.



    E1 A substantial and quantifiable track record of leading change management and deploying best practice working behaviours within a complex, multi-faceted organisation.

    E2 Significant experience of leadership and people management.

    E3 Previous experience of budgetary responsibility and budget setting, including an understanding of general corporate financial processes.

    E4 Use of information systems and associated targets to develop, maintain and monitor innovation initiatives.

    E5 Demonstrable commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships in employment and service delivery.

    E6 Demonstrable commitment to a healthy and safe working environment.

    Terms and Condition s:

    Salary is competitive dependent on experience.

    This is a full time, open ended role.

    As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

    As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

    1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

    2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

    3 A flexible approach to working.

    4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

    We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

    We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

    We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

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