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Director of Technical Services

Competitive salary

UK / South East



Ben Duffill
020 3962 9900

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions,


Job Description

REF: 12722
Posted: 05 September 2017
Closes: 28 January 2018

Competitive salary level with excellent benefits

The University of Sussex is a leading higher education and research institution. The first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961, Sussex is a successful, growing University with a top-20 place in the major UK higher education league tables. The University has a beautiful and diverse estate located in Falmer, to the east of Brighton and Hove. It is situated in the South Downs National Park and has amongst its buildings a core heritage estate designed by Sir Basil Spence.

The School of Life Sciences is one of the largest Academic Schools in the University with a Faculty of over 80; approximately 200 Research Fellows, 200 PhD students and 60 Technicians (including both School and externally funded posts). The School’s annual research income exceeds £13 million and it has an annual turnover of £27 million. Approximately 650 undergraduate and postgraduate students (plus ~30 PhDs) are admitted each year onto a broad range of degree courses in biological, biomedical and chemical sciences

The School of Life Sciences is seeking to appoint a Director of Technical Services to lead, shape and deliver a high-quality technical support service to meet the teaching and research objectives of the School. Reporting to the Head of School, you will be expected to lead, manage, support and develop a flexible team of technical staff within the School who support all aspects of teaching and research. You will also play a key role in supporting the transition of the School from its existing estate into a new 17,000 square metre, £100m+ state-of-the-art landmark building.

We are seeking an individual with proven experience and track record of leading the technical services provision across an organisation of significant scale and complexity. You will have strong leadership and management skills and experience and will have experience of change management and transition preferably relating to a major change in facilities provision such as a major capital project or transformation programme.

Experience of working in an environment with similar characteristics (stakeholder groups, types of facilities and activities, operating model) to those found at the School of Life Sciences would be particularly advantageous.

For the candidate briefing pack and/or a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Sian Gardiner ( at The Management Recruitment Group on 0207 959 2368.

The closing date for applications is 28th January 2018.