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Head of Careers and Employability

Careers & Employability Service

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Up to 49,553 per annum, plus additional market supplement up to £10,000 dependent on qualifications and experience
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 March 2021
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1338821EW

What we are looking for  

We are looking for a Head of Careers and Employability to lead our careers and employability service in supporting our students to develop the skills and experience they need to achieve their ambitions and springboard them towards a successful and rewarding future.  

The current pandemic has been life changing for us all. We are looking for a candidate with the ability to ensure our students are guided and supported in achieving the best outcomes after University which has never been more challenging than it is now. We are looking for someone with the drive and passion to deliver our strategy and with the ability to set the direction for a high-quality student experience by providing leadership, operational management and development of the team which currently comprises c. 35 FTE.  

You will be a strong leader with significant experience in the field of employability to provide authoritative advice to all levels of staff in the University.  

We want a candidate who can provide the change we need to ensure we are top ten for positive destinations in the Guardian League Table, to close our gaps in progression and provide a transformative experience for our students. You will need to have the following: 

  • Proven experience of managing outcomes in respect of student futures and employability 

  • Proven people management skills 

  • Ability to plan and manage major new projects or significant new activities 

  • Ability to collaborate with a range of people to the best effect of our students.  

    What we can offer you 

    Be part of the University of Southampton, a leading Russell Group University and currently 18th in the Guardian League Tables. We are proud of our students, of our staff and our city, the University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, we are known for our innovation and enterprise and we sit within the top 1% of universities worldwide.  

    We provide a great benefits package that includes a contributory pension scheme, generous holiday allowance of 44 days (comprising of 30 days annual leave, 8 bank holidays and 6 University closure days), subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme and a range of discounts. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.  

    Interviews will be held on 29th or 30th March 2021. You may be expected to work remotely initially in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This is a full time permanent position with salary up to £49,553 per annum with additional market supplement dependent on experience. 

    Application Procedure
    You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750. Please quote reference 1338821EW on all correspondence. For more information about the role before submitting your application, please contact Kaz Hooper on

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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