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Director of Technical Services

Opportunities at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China

Location:  Ningbo
Salary:  389563 RMB to 548153 RMB per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 December 2023
Reference:  183400

University of Nottingham Ningbo China is seeking Director of Technical Services

Closing Date: 31 December 2023

Your Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the incumbent will play a key role in leading the technical team to enable successful delivery of the high quality, consistent and flexible support to teaching, research and outreach activities across the Faculty. This role will also work closely with other senior managers of Associate Deans, Department and Research Group Heads, contributing to the development of Faculty strategic and operation plans to ensure the delivery of future technical resources and expertise.

The incumbent will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Leadership, planning and service delivery: To provide leadership, shape and deliver a high-quality technical support service to meet the teaching and research objectives of the Faculty. This will include development of service level KPI’s to focus on key areas for service delivery and maintain excellent provision of technical services.
  • Financial and resource management: To support the Dean to review financial plans to determine how financial targets related to technical services will be met and explore opportunities for investment and financial and operational efficiencies. To establish and maintain an oversight of annual and also long-term plans linked to the operations of teaching and research facilities, ensuring that future and replacement equipment costs are taken into consideration as appropriate.
  • Health and Safety: To lead the development of a health and safety-first culture, managing all H&S matters in relation to the effective and efficient operation of the services, working in collaboration with Faculty Health and Safety Officer and business partner.
  • Buildings and space planning: To lead on and manage the effective use of the space across all units in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
  • Other: To support Faculty marketing and outreach events. To undertake other tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be required.

About You

  • You should have Bachelor degree in engineering/science or equivalent;
  • You should have a proven track record to demonstrate your work accurately in order to provide qualified technical support;
  • You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (including oral and written skills in English) with the ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels;
  • You should have extensive knowledge of Health & Safety Regulations and policies, both in construction and laboratory management;
  • You should have proven ability to motivate and manage a team of staff including the management of change;
  • You should have proven record of working successfully with senior management teams within international setting and/or research institute organization.

About Us

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Located in Ningbo, this award-winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to establish a student body of over 9,000 in just 19 years.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

This is a permanent post that you will be offered a fixed term contract initially of 3 years with a probation of 6 months with University of Nottingham Ningbo China with effect from December 2023 or as soon as thereafter. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit an application via our on-line application system at:


Informal enquiries regarding these vacancies may be addressed to Mr. Robin Hong, Faculty Operations Director at Faculty of Science and Engineering at email: note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted and all applicants are required to formally apply online for the position.

If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, Tel: +86 0574 8818 0000 (Ext. 8004). Email:

Equality and Diversity

UNNC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff. It is our intention to ensure that job applicants and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age*, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

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