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Head of Architecture and Design – IT Services

  • £51,799 - £60,022
  • Permanent
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 17192
Head of Architecture and Design – IT Services
£51,799 to £60,022 plus excellent benefits (with potential of up to £78,265 a year) with pay award pending

With more than 8,000 staff, 38,000 students, and a turnover of c.£700m, the University of Birmingham is a leading Russell Group University. Our heritage as the UK’s original ‘red brick’ and civic university, is combined with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in higher education. Quite simply, at Birmingham we make things happen. 

Home to world-class researchers whose work on everything from new cancer treatments to harnessing the power of atoms for future energy sources makes a real difference to people’s lives – the university provides innovative solutions to big problems. We think, recruit, and compete worldwide. The stunning, 300-acre Edgbaston campus is iconic.

This is a key time for the University with investment in the main Edgbaston Campus in the UK and in our new overseas operation in Dubai. This investment includes substantial technology investment over a 6 year timeframe, to support the core areas of teaching, research and University operations (Finance and HR).  There is also investment into digital technology to improve and enhance the student journey for the 38,000 students.  Transition to Cloud is underway,  approximately one-third complete it is designed to enhance the current mixed infrastructure, including modern & legacy systems and the Oracle HR & finance function.

The Head of Architecture & Design plays a key role in structuring the enterprise in terms of its business, data, application and technical architectures and aligns strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding products and services, partners and suppliers, organisation, capabilities, and key business and IT initiatives. The primary foci are the University Strategic Framework and Digital Strategy, business operations, data governance and technical frameworks and related processes that link these aspects of the enterprise together. As Head of Architecture & Design you will develop an integrated view using a repeatable approach, cohesive framework, and available industry standard techniques.

We are seeking a solutions orientated, blue sky thinker with a broad, enterprise wide understanding of applications, infrastructure, project management, service design and governance. You will have significant experience of business systems, processes and their infrastructure needs gained within Higher Education or a similar large scale multifaceted organisation. The successful candidate will possess exceptional communication skills, have the ability to lead, coach and mentor a team and work effectively with a wide range of colleagues at all levels of our organisation influencing others to move toward consensus.

For further particulars or a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partner Sian Gardiner on or 07932 717 458.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 11th September 2022.

The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.

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