Head of Planning and Policy


13th January 2023

The Strategic Planning team plays a critical role within the University to inform and facilitate the development of strategies, plans and targets. This is an opportunity for someone to play an impactful part at one of the UK’s largest universities as we work through a time of significant challenge and change in the sector.

The Head of Planning and Policy is a high-profile role, university-wide in reach, and will require high-level engagement and influencing skills, a tenacious but pragmatic and flexible approach, and a natural curiosity and ability to understand complex issues and develop strategic solutions.

The role holder will be responsible for designing and delivering the University’s Integrated Planning Process and will lead on horizon-scanning and HE policy and funding analysis. They will work closely with senior leaders and managers across the University, bringing their expertise to bear in facilitating, advising, and guiding the outcomes of decision-making. They will also lead a team of Planning Advisors in providing a ‘go-to’ service that is proactive, flexible, and knowledgeable in its support of a broad range of strategic development activities and will be required to deputise for the Director of Strategic Planning on a regular basis.

This role would suit someone who has prior experience of planning and strategy development within a university, and who is looking to broaden and deepen their experience and influence in delivering strategic change.

To discuss the role please contact Melanie Rimmer, Director of Strategic Planning (rimmerm@cardiff.ac.uk).

This post is full-time and open-ended (35 hours per week).

Closing date: Friday, 13 January 2023.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


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