Deputy Faculty Director of Operations

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity in the Faculty of Science for a Deputy Faculty Director of Operations (DFDO). As DFDO, you will work in partnership with the Faculty Director of Operations (FDO) and the wider Faculty Executive to ensure the successful performance of the Faculty in both operational and strategic management and implementation.

This is a significant leadership role, with the opportunity to positively impact on the performance of the Faculty in many ways, including; student recruitment; student experience; research income; financial sustainability; workforce development and change; and process improvement.

Reporting to the FDO, you will work with a broad range of stakeholders both within and outside of the Faculty. It is envisaged that, in addition to deputising for the FDO, the DFDO will have a discrete portfolio of projects and activities.

Engaging with the wider University and acting as an advocate for the Faculty will form a key part of the role, through direct links with central University services, as a leader on a range of change projects and initiatives, and also through involvement on relevant University committees and informal networks.

The exact nature of this portfolio will be agreed between the FDO and DFDO and this will be likely to flex across and between the academic years. The Faculty of Science is dedicated, through our research, to understandingourselves, our world and its place in the universe.

We are training a new generation of experts to find solutions to the problems that science can solve.

With a turnover of £103m, over 1,000 staff and nearly 5,000 students, we are one of the leading science faculties in the UK. We are the fourth largest science Faculty in the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, and the fifth largest in the country. Five of the six Nobel Prize winners associated with the University of Sheffield have either worked or studied in one of our departments, and we continue to make major contributions to the scientific world. In the Research Excellence Framework, (REF) 2021 results, Physics and Astronomy was ranked as the number one Physics Department in the UK and Biosciences was ranked as fourth in the UK.

Every department in Science had more than 95% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Covering the classical science subjects, we are made up of five departments and Schools:

  1. Biosciences
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics and Statistics
  4. Physics and Astronomy
  5. Psychology

Our staff come from all over the world and are conducting research at an international standard to tackle great environmental challenges, understand disease and behaviour, advance robotic technologies, map distant galaxies, and much more.