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Strategic Delivery Manager

Requisition ID:  25002

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jan-2023


Salary: £32,348 - £34,308, with progression to £42,155 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 12 February 2023



The Role 


We are looking for a highly professional manager who can work closely with our Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice Chancellor in coordinating the relationships, communications, analysis and actions that will underpin successful delivery of the University’s strategy.   


This is a unique and newly formed role which gives the right person the influence to benefit our students, colleagues and partners now and in future through their work. To read more about our Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s vision for this role, please click here


Reporting to the Head of the Executive and Governance Office, your role will mirror the DVC’s portfolio and interface with leads for a wide range of the professional and academic programmes and functions across the University as well as with the Vice Chancellor and members of the University Executive Board. Your focus will be on connecting strategy with resources and aligning activities across multiple groups.  


The ideal candidate will be aware of key issues in the Higher Education landscape and be able to contribute to the University’s success in anticipating and analysing developments sometimes at short notice.  We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who have proven experience in managing projects, dealing with executive level colleagues and the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders to gain results.  To be highly successful in this role you will be an outstanding communicator and be able to manage multiple priorities calmly. 


If this is you, please contact Simon Meacher at or Brian Walker at


We are interviewing on 1 March at our Newcastle Campus. 


To apply for this role, please upload an up-to-date CV and a cover letter which specifically addresses why you are a fit for this role based on the criteria listed in ‘The Person’ section below.  This should be evidenced with relevant examples where possible. 


We think this is an exciting opportunity for a higher education professional to develop their career through a rich a varied profile of work. 


Key Accountabilities  


  1. Support the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) in coordinating the evolution and delivery of the University’s vision and strategy by providing analysis, drafting and revising reports and communications, attending relevant formal and informal meetings, and ensuring that agreed actions are recorded and implemented. 

  1. Develop and maintain a high level of working knowledge of the DVC’s full portfolio of responsibilities across the University. 

  1. Lead the development and/or provide continuity for key projects, including representing the DVC or Vice Chancellor in meetings. 

  1. Support the DVC and Vice Chancellor in their broader remits by communicating on their behalf with external agencies and mission groups, contributing to collective awareness of developments in the higher education sector, and enhancing awareness of best practice in other institutions. 

  1. Work with colleagues to ensure that the DVC and Vice-Chancellor are appropriately briefed and facilitate efficient communication to aid robust decision making. 

  1. Maintain relationships with teams involved most closely in strategic planning, strategy implementation, change management, infrastructure, people services and finance across the University and within the three Faculties. Build and maintain a thorough understanding of portfolios of responsibilities across the University, including for Executive Board members. 

  1. Broadly model the core values and guiding principles of the University’s Vision and Strategy, continuing to engage colleagues in this behaviour. 

  1. Work with colleagues in the Executive and Governance Office to deliver the unit’s objectives. 


The Person  

Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • Experience of working in Higher Education and an understanding of HE policy with a commitment to remain well informed and up to date 

  • Evidence of project management and working with senior colleagues. 

  • An analytical approach with demonstrable experience in being able to produce high quality report and data 

  • The ability to consult, collaborate and bring people together.  

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Ability to work accurately with meticulous attention to detail, including under pressure at times. 

  • The ability to operate with tact, diplomacy and with discretion at all times. 

  • Excellent organisational with a high level of competence with using standard office software to facilitate performance. 

Attributes and Behaviour 


Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two way communication process. 


Persuades, convinces and influences others to achieve results and gain support. 

Planning and Organising 

Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively. 

Finding Solutions 

Generates a range of viable options and decides on an appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals. Knows when to consult with a senior manager and when to act on their own initiative. 

Thinking Strategically 

Has the ability to see the “big picture”, to think strategically and to manage complex problems and issues. Identifies with and embodies the University’s core values. 

Team Working 

Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued. Champions the agreed approach of the team ahead of a personal approach. 



  • Educated to at least degree level or substantial transferrable work experience  


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are 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 is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25002