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Head of Employer Engagement

Enterprise and Employability

Location:  City Centre Campus
Salary:  £42,961 to £46,698 per annum
Closing Date:  Monday 12 February 2018
Interview Date:  Wednesday 14 March 2018
Reference:  012018-57

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise team has recently undergone an organisation re-design to align its structure with its strategy and as result this exciting new role has been created within the team. This is an opportunity to develop and lead a newly created, multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the University meets its objectives in regard to student and graduate employability.

The Head of Employer Engagement will take responsibility and provide leadership for the employer engagement strategy for BCU.  Reporting to the Assistant Director Skills, the Head of Employer Engagement will drive the volume and range of employer engagement to secure graduate jobs, mentoring and curriculum engagement;  manage and develop externally funded projects which promote employment and graduate employment outcomes and lead on the internal transition to the new Graduate Outcomes framework in regard to graduate destinations.

The main objectives of this role are to:

  • Lead the development, implementation and delivery of the employer engagement function, ensuring excellent levels of employer and student experience and facilitating improved Graduate Outcomes
  • Plan, co-ordinate and be responsible for the delivery of and to play a key role in future strategic development for the expansion of employer engagement to support increased graduate jobs, entrepreneurship outcomes and partnerships to support graduate employment.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures which will facilitate growth in the depth and breadth of employer participation in the skills agenda, facilitating increased partnerships and driving systems and methods which promote wider, deeper engagement to deliver employment results.
  • Drive operational planning and organization of projects related to the area of work, and/or teams.
  • Set performance standards and establish monitoring procedures to keep track of progress and provide input to longer term planning.

A thorough understanding of the issues in regard student employability within the subject areas, extensive experience of developing employability activities, supporting students in entering the workplace and managing a customer focused team and delivering change are essential, as are demonstrable knowledge external skills funding and a track record in the development of strategic skills initiatives. You must have proven leadership and management experience and will have a thorough knowledge of the HE sector and the challenges and opportunities for universities related to skills.

For further information please contact Matthew Till, Head of Skills via

The post is part funded by the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England ESF programme. Established by the European Union ESF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information visit

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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Please note; on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.   We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.
Birmingham City University holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and promotes the advancement of gender equality through Representation, Progression and Success for All. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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