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Associate Director of Campus Operations

Campus Services & Facilities

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £51,799 to £65,107
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 29 November 2021
Reference:  1585521TD

Location: Highfield Campus (some travel to other campus locations may be required)

Do you want to make a real difference? Are you able to provide the strategic direction and leadership to the University of Southampton’s Campus and Facilities Services to facilitate a world-leading university achieve its strategic aims in a changing and competitive global environment?

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, it is renowned for its innovation and enterprise. It is a founding member of the Russell Group - an organisation of 24 top UK universities committed to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint Associate Director – Campus Operations provide strategic direction and leadership to the Campus and Facilities Service demonstrating, broad, clear and innovative thinking with the objective of delivering operational excellence and enhanced student experience. In this role you will provide operational management of both staff and systems in order to deliver value for money and cost-effective management across the University.  

Within this role you will lead across a broad range of campus and facilities services including Security; Campus Services; Catering; Conference, Events and Hospitality; Building Management and the Estates and Facilities Administration Services. You will ensure that Service Managers take responsibility for a quality, customer focused service whilst improving productivity and cost effectiveness.

You will have proven stakeholder management experience of working with people form diverse backgrounds and levels of seniority along with a proven track record of leadership and management experience within large complex organisations. The successful applicant will have a skill level equivalent achievement of a professional qualification. In addition, you will have extensive experience of leading operational teams, both in house and externally contracted services in a multi-site environment.

The higher education sector in the UK is facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty at this time whilst also leading on efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud of the role the University of Southampton is continuing to play at the forefront of these efforts. This opportunity plays a key part in enabling the University to continue to make a global impact through its research and teaching.

What we can offer you

We offer some fantastic benefits including 44 days leave per year including public holidays, options for flexible working, excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and carers leave), a wide variety of on and off-campus arts and culture facilities and access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers.  

The University of Southampton is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for delivering world-class research and creating a community that values independent thought.  

Application procedure

TalentEdu have been exclusively retained for assisting with the recruitment for this position. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to For further information please contact Henry Timpson at TalentEdu at or +44 203 290 290 7.

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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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