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Departmental Administrator[Temporary Cover] (Maternity Cover)

The Departmental Administrator is the lead administrator in one of the largest departments in the University. The Cavendish Laboratory has over 1,000 people on site over nine buildings in the West Cambridge Campus. In 2016/17, the annual operating budget was c£6m, with over £30m worth of income from research grants and contracts. An additional £50m of capital is held in Trust Funds which the Department administers.

The Cavendish Laboratory has a very wide range of scientific facilities and complex equipment including wet and dry laboratories, biological facilities, clean rooms, cryogenics, mechanical and electronics workshops, microscopy, and large-scale astronomical structures. The Department is responsible for delivery of the Physics elements of the Natural Sciences Tripos, with up to 900 undergraduates attending lectures and classes each academic year.

The graduate education programme is also very successful, with over 700 applications for postgraduate study received in 2016/17, and a total population of graduate students of over 400. The Department's outreach and knowledge transfer activities are also substantial and innovative, including the major recent initiatives of the Isaac Physics Project and the Maxwell Centre.

The Departmental Administrator is responsible for supporting the Head of Department in the management and governance of the Department, and the delivery of effective professional support services to ensure that institutional strategic, research and educational aims are implemented. Acting as equivalent to a Chief Operating Officer, the Departmental Administrator leads on the development and improvement of service delivery, and contributes to policy and strategy direction, including a contribution to the £300m Cavendish III project which is at an advanced stage of planning.

The successful candidate will have extensive management experience at a senior level in a devolved and complex varied organisation and in contributing to strategic planning, resource management, the creation of policy and the successful implementation of change. They will also have experience of providing supportive leadership and have highly developed interpersonal skills with a proven ability to build effective working relationships across a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds. Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise and delegate effectively, excellent communication skills and the ability to interpret, adapt and implement complex policies and procedures will be essential.

This exciting and varied post is available as a temporary fixed term contract or as an internal secondment opportunity, from 1 April 2018.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 years or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please contact Louise Akroyd, HR Business Manager, if you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process via email:

Please quote reference KA14371 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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