Head of Strategic Planning
Head of Strategic Planning
About Our Client
The Planning & Analytics Office (PAO) is the engine room that enables the University to deliver its strategy by informing strategic decisions, advising on strategic actions, and enabling strategic planning and change. PAO provides critical, foundational services for a data-driven, strategy-led and collaborative culture at the University.
The Head of Strategic Planning is responsible for leading the strategic planning activity of PAO, playing a central role in ensuring that University strategy is developed and applied in an integrated and agile framework, based on a sophisticated understanding of the external environment.
The key responsibilities include:
- Lead the strategic planning activity of PAO
- Ensure that the University strategy is developed and applied in an integrated and agile framework, based on a sophisticated understanding of the external environment.
- Lead a team of talented individuals delivering a range of planning, policy and insight services
- Work closely with senior leaders to develop analyses, scenarios and options to formulate strategic plans and initiatives
- Anticipate trends in the higher education sector and across the broader political, external operating environment
- Undertaking scenario planning and analysis, informing and working with the executive and senior leadership teams accordingly
- Facilitate strategic collaboration and build strategic planning capacity across the University
- Enable and support the development and integration of horizontal cross-cutting plans and vertical Faculty/School and Professional Service plans, including the institutional student number plan. Design and roll out data driven planning dashboards in place of current templates.
- Lead the University's risk management service, building active risk management capacity among leaders across the University.
- Design and roll out risk dashboards in place of current templates.
- Advise and support leaders in Faculties, Schools and the Professional Services on strategic planning and performance
- Be active externally and remain aware of market, policy and regulatory developments with a detailed knowledge of the Higher Education sector generally.
The Successful Applicant
The Successful Head of Strategic Planning:
- Extensive experience and proven success in strategic planning within a complex organisation ideally Higher Education, and a record of achievement in developing and implementing successful strategic plans.
- Senior-level experience in engaging external stakeholders and applying knowledge and understanding of external policy, regulatory and market environments to an institution's advantage.
- Experience of conceiving, developing and managing new services in a complex, large organisation in response to high demand and changing internal and external requirements
- Proven track record in mastering new areas of knowledge rapidly, handling complex datasets and delivering high quality analysis, insight and advice to senior leaders.
- The ability to convey vision and ideas, and to communicate the results of research and analysis in context, facilitating their interpretation and enabling senior leaders and other colleagues to understand their implications and relevance.
- Strong evidence of the ability to work through senior teams and other internal relationships through effective influencing and negotiating skills
What's on Offer
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.
If you want to be part of our continuing journey of success, our recruitment pack will provide you with more detail about this role, our University and what it's like to live and work in the south west.
The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.
University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.