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Head of Operations – Henry Royce Institute
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017939

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/01/2022

Salary: competitive

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Institutes

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce), a UKRI-funded national institute, supports advanced materials research and innovation. With its Hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at ten Partner and Associate organisations: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Cranfield, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Advanced Forming Research Centre Catapult. Royce’s vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’ is delivered through:

  • Enabling national materials research, collaboration, foresighting and strategy
  • Providing access to world-leading facilities and research expertise
  • Catalysing industrial collaboration and accelerating translation
  • Fostering materials science skills development, innovation training and outreach

Royce is seeking an experienced professional to act as Head of Operations, a key strategic role in the Institute. This represents an exciting opportunity to take up a role in the leadership team, as Royce completes its set-up phase and establishes itself as the UK centre for catalysing industrial collaboration and the exploitation of advanced materials research.

As a member of Royce’s leadership team, you will work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and national Partners to ensure the Institute delivers its vision and strategic objectives and to drive the development and execution of our operational and business plans. You will oversee and evolve the direction and management for all operations activities, including: research development and impact; project management; finance; skills, training and outreach; marketing and communications; technical and experimental support and facilities; administrative support.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in strategic development, line management, and delivery of high-quality operations. Knowledge and understanding of the environment in which a national institute or university operates, including an in-depth understanding of external research funding and facilities, is essential.

The full information pack, including background on the Royce, the job description and person specification can be viewed here:

Head-of-Operations-Role-December-2021.pdf (

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression. We are currently piloting positive action in recruitment, aiming in this case for at least one in three of the candidates that meet the essential shortlisting criteria and are to be interviewed (after shortlist) to be female, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ+ or to have a declared disability. Equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the panel.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered         

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: CEO, Professor David Knowles, please contact Michelle Swift (Project Administrator and PA)

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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