University of St Andrews

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Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. It is one of the top-rated universities globally for research, teaching quality and student satisfaction and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top five in leading independent league tables. It is also Scotland’s most international university, with around one-half of the student body coming from overseas.  The University’s new Strategy for 2018-2023 was launched in October 2018. With at its heart a strong statement of commitment to social responsibility, the Strategy sets out how the University will act on its core qualities and key ambitions to grow in size, scale and impact and consolidate its strengths.  The Strategy expresses the University’s ambitions across four distinct but equally important themes: World-leading St Andrews, Diverse St Andrews, Global St Andrews and Entrepreneurial St Andrews.

Read more on the University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan here: St Andrews University Strategy

The University is looking to appoint an Executive Director for People who will provide strategic leadership across all aspects of human resources and organisational development activities. As a member of the University’s senior management team, this is a new role with specific responsibility for the leadership and vision of the University’s People Strategy: to drive up people and organisational capabilities, creating a high-performance culture and establishing a framework for how the University develops as a single community with a shared purpose. 

Furthermore, this individual will work closely on the development and promotion of the Diverse St Andrews Strategic Theme, supporting the delivery of the University’s ambition that equality, diversity and inclusion should be at the heart of the St Andrews experience. 

Applications are welcomed from individuals with significant experience of HR and OD leadership and management at a strategic executive level in a fast-changing, operationally demanding environment. A track record of successfully managing and delivering strategic change in a large, complex organisation with exceptional leadership qualities, inspiring trust and confidence in staff and stakeholders to deliver results is essential.  

The University of St Andrews is fully committed to respect and fair treatment for everyone, eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity and delivering fairness to all.  The University aims to ensure that equality is embedded into all its functions, operations and activities. Women, BAME, and LGBT+ people are currently under-represented on the senior management team, and expressions of interest from these groups are particularly welcome. 
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to The University of St Andrews on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference WAOF.  Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 28 August 2019.

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