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Senior Operations Manager

Politics and International Relations

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £44,263 to £56,021 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 December 2023
Reference:  SOC546723

Based in the School of Politics and International Relations, as Senior Operations Manager you will be part of the School’s Leadership team and the Faculty’s operational management team.  You will lead on strategic and operational planning, as well as on the ongoing development of professional services support. 

Specifically, you will:

  • Lead and manage the professional services team in the School;
  • Manage the development and delivery of the School’s strategy and plans;
  • Join the School leadership team and contribute to a programme of cultural change;
  • Oversee the School’s education and student experience, research, HR, and finance-related administration and processes ensuring these underpin high quality support;
  • Lead on the continuous improvement of operational systems and processes in the School; and,
  • Actively contribute to the Faculty’s professional services networks and communities of practice.

You will contribute to our ambitious plans to enhance the support we provide for world-leading research and teaching and an outstanding student experience. You will need strong interpersonal and communication skills, a collaborative approach, experience of leading and managing operational teams and processes, alongside the ability to analyse and solve problems and thrive in a fast-paced and varied environment.  You will help drive forward change and deliver service excellence.

The School of Politics and International Relations has strengths in international security and the study of Asia-Pacific region, but the research of its academics covers almost every aspect of contemporary politics. Today, with over 900 students and 60 staff, we combine excellence and innovation in teaching with impactful research that has a positive and demonstrable impact on the political world. From advising parliaments to proposing constitutional changes, and from providing ethics training to national police forces to informing Cabinet Office thinking on important topics such as security policy and forced marriage - together our staff and students are changing the world. 

Our success is delivered by our people. We believe that a diverse and supportive environment, bringing different perspectives to our work and allowing people to thrive, is the best platform for cutting-edge research and excellent teaching and operational support. We are seeking individuals from the widest possible range of talents and backgrounds, and we will appoint not just based on past achievements, but also on your potential for the future.

The post is offered on a permanent, full time contract (36.25 hours per week). 

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Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 8 January 2024.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dierdré Strydom (DIERDRE.STRYDOM@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge webpages.



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