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Head of Business School


As the Head of School you will exercise responsibility on behalf of the Executive Dean of the Faculty to lead and advise on the strategic development and enhancement of the School’s curriculum, research, teaching and learning, ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the Faculty and the University. You will also provide inspirational leadership to your School and Faculty by delivering a clear strategic vision, sound business judgments and effective decisions. You will be an approachable leader and motivator, able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of academic and professional services colleagues, inspiring them to provide the solutions which ultimately underpin student success in a collaborative manner.

Working in partnership with other senior colleagues, this role will deliver the Faculty’s strategic aims through the development and implementation of business plans, which are in accordance with the Executive Dean’s accountabilities and targets. You will bring a strong academic track record, but equally have excellent leadership and management skills. You will also be able to evidence your skill in managing resources (including people), overseeing and guiding as appropriate to ensure the effective day-to-day running of the School.

You will have experience of leading and managing complex projects with the ability to develop networks and strategic relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

This role will lead the School of Business. A pioneer in flexible learning for over 30 years, The Open University Business School delivers transformational, high quality business and management education which is quality assured; we are proud to be part of an elite and exclusive group of the top 1% of global business schools who are triple accredited (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS).


You will have a PHD/DPhil or equivalent in terms of qualification or experience in a discipline relevant to the School as well as evidenced Academic Excellence in Teaching, Research or Scholarship in an appropriate field.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this role please submit;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, no more than 4 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To assure your file is uploaded to the system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Please submit an electronic application according to the above instructions by clicking on “Apply Now” below:

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544 or email Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk, quoting the vacancy reference above.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Tania Foreman on 01908 652777 to make an appointment with Professor Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean.

Candidates selected for interview will be required to provide a presentation to the panel. Shortlisted candidates will also deliver a presentation to the whole School and members of the Executive Leadership Team. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for School colleagues to ask questions. A rapporteur will provide feedback from the presentation to the appointment panel, at the end of the interview. Shortlisted candidates will also be given the opportunity to meet with key Faculty Stakeholders. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

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