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School Technical Team Leader

Requisition ID:  10701

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Oct-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 17 November 2021


The Role 


This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a keen interest in Anatomy and significant, demonstrable experience in the embalming and pro-section of cadavers, to lead a technical team based in the School of Medical Education.


The School of Medical Education supports practical delivery of our varied taught degree programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences from its recently refurbished and state of the art facilities.


You will lead a team of dedicated technicians supporting the operation of the School’s laboratories and associated facilities, with a particular focus on providing a wide variety of cadaveric specimens for teaching and research. The role holder will act as the School Safety Officer and will have a thorough working knowledge of relevant health and safety procedures. There will be opportunity to actively contribute to the development and design of exciting, engaging practical sessions and research projects; supporting our students as they develop practical skills and research experience on their chosen courses.


You should have a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving utilising excellent prioritisation skills with the ability to delegate tasks. The ability to work with tact and diplomacy, applying excellent team working skills to manage complex workloads, are key attributes for this role.


This is an open-ended post. Informal enquiries to Mr. William Saint (FMS Technical Manager for Education) Tel: 0191 208 8132 or 07794565372. Email: William.saint@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • As a senior Professional Service leader, have collective responsibility for the vision of the Faculty, fostering a culture of service excellence 
  • Communicate the University and Faculty Strategies, inspiring colleagues by bringing the Vision to life and giving it meaning in the context of the Faculty and its aspirations
  • Ensure a truly inclusive and respectful environment, by role modelling behaviours and ensuring the implementation of all Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) policies and action plans such as Athena SWAN.  You will be expected to lead on actions and initiatives which promote ED&I and which support the Faculty’s ambitions to become an exemplar
  • To lead and develop culture change to transform the PS of the Faculty into a PS team, working in one way, with key business partners and the rest of the University. This will include bringing staff together into networks and communities and leading and supporting these networks
  • To manage, run and plan formal practical teaching classes for the School including Open Days, student recruitment sessions, outreach events and any entrepreneurial enterprises that may use the School teaching laboratories 
  • Line management of all technical staff operating within the School and management of all relevant HR processes related to the School technical team
  • To support the Teaching Technical Manager with the planning, organization and administration of the estate and wider technical services within their teams area of responsibility. To ensure the effective maintenance, security and facility management of the School, including third party arrangements. To lead on discrete estates related projects, including University wide initiatives 
  • In conjunction with the Teaching Technical Manager, ensure satisfactory maintenance, repair and calibration of all equipment and instrumentation within their School. To assist in the forward planning to upgrade and replace equipment. In collaboration with the School management, to assist in the maintenance of the School’s asset register for planning & insurance purposes
  • Monitor and maintain safe working environment to Health & Safety guidelines while operating as the School Health & Safety Officer. Attend relevant committees to represent the School. To advise & guide academic staff on legal compliance issues related to practical class provision. Liaison with academic staff in their preparation of relevant safety documentation for class delivery
  • Budgetary responsibilities, working with the Finance Business Partner to ensure effective financial planning, management and sustainability of the School infrastructure services, including responsibility where applicable for the approval of defined expenditure within the School
  • To assist in the costing and/or monitoring of projects within the School being proposed or undertaken for by external agents including liaison with relevant University staff & external suppliers involved in the provision of goods and services
  • To manage and organize the School’s teaching laboratories and any associated areas to ensure the safe, secure and effective operation of these facilities. This includes line management of associated technical staff, liaison with academic stakeholders to ensure uniform and consistent teaching delivery and review (and change where appropriate) the teaching timetables to ensure organizational issues are addressed in a timely fashion
  • To provide relevant materials, specimens and equipment required for practical classes and deploy them appropriately to permit efficient working during classes. Ensure the timely ordering of consumables to support practical teaching in the school which will often require specialist expertise and liaison with relevant academic staff 
  • To arrange with School technical team and relevant academic staff to test and modify proposed practical experiments to ensure suitability and reproducibility


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Substantial work experience in supporting teaching activity in a HEI setting with a proven track record of leading a technical team. Substantial experience in embalming and the specialised prosection of cadavers. Experience in a student facing role delivering specialised anatomical and clinical teaching skills to undergraduate students, postgraduate trainees and external customers, with specific teaching laboratory experience & practical class delivery
  • Up-to-date detailed knowledge of relevant Health & Safety policy and procedure in a laboratory-based setting & confident in advising colleagues on policy & procedure
  • Ability to implement and manage change with demonstrable recent experience and skills in staff management, and the ability to motivate and develop members of a team
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • High level planning, organising and technical problem-solving skills, with a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving utilising excellent prioritisation skills, and the ability to delegate tasks
  • Experience of working collaboratively with academic staff
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to motivate staff & implement change
  • Able to analyse, manipulate data for downstream use (Desirable)
  • Evidence of project management and financial budgetary management (Desirable)
  • Good numerical skills and the ability to manipulate, analyse and present information for management use (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Is inspirational and provides clear direction, particularly in times of uncertainty
  • Role model of the University values and guiding principles
  • People orientated, is approachable and has the ability to motivate and engage others
  • Able to act objectively in dealing with complex problems, issues and decision making
  • Tact, diplomacy and able to handle difficult situations
  • Ability to meet deadlines with effective time and resource management.
  • Clear communicator and active listener
  • Consistent and appropriate approach to staff and situations
  • Use of feedback for process improvement and staff development 
  • Team player, self -starter and able to manage complex workload
  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to students  




  • Degree or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding relevant roles
  • Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or working towards this on appointment (Desirable)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 10701