Assistant Director – Organisational Development & HR Operations


5th March 2020

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR leader to join our Human Resources Senior Management Team in this newly created role. You will be working alongside two other senior management roles reporting into the HR Director – Assistant Director (HR Policy, Reward and Governance) and Assistant Director (ED&I, Wellbeing and Engagement). This role is pivotal in supporting the development and delivery of our People Strategy throughout the University. It is a key role in ensuring the achievement of the University’s strategic goals through effective people management practices.

HR works really closely with our Vice-Chancellor and the executive leadership team and are absolutely key to delivering the University’s strategic goals – there are some really interesting projects going on right now and many in the pipeline so it’s a great time to join us.

The post-holder will be responsible for the following areas:

  • HR Business Partnering, Advice and Casework
  • Talent Management and Resourcing Services
  • People Development
  • HR Employment Services
  • Projects, Systems and Management Information

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designing and delivering the University’s People Strategy, and ensuring that its staff have the necessary skills, support and knowledge to deliver the University’s Strategy.
  • Anticipating corporate HR issues and proactively resolving problems as they arise.
  • Leading the delivery and development of high-quality HR services and advice to managers, employees and candidates.
  • The delivery of all HR transactional activities and for ensuring that the University’s HR systems are configured and managed effectively.

About you

You will be an experienced HR leader with an innovative and solution-based approach to thinking who will be able to deliver the support needed to drive our People Strategy forward.

You will also have:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of current HR issues with an awareness of broader developments in the field
  • Experience of successfully developing, leading and implementing strategy, policy or operational plans across a large complex organisation.
  • Experience of managing and developing a team towards high performance
  • A natural ability to build relationships with, and influence, senior stakeholders
  • Strong research and analytical skills and an ability to process and sift complex information to support reasoned arguments and recommendations.

You can see much more information on the role in our Job Description and Person Specification document.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year (including public holidays)
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Imelda Rogers,

Interview date – 19th March 2020

To apply, please click here