Job details


Business Engagement & Employability

Responsible to

Provost, Innovation and Research


£69,198 to £93,030 per annum

Closing date

Monday 7 February 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

The University of Derby is seeking a commercially minded academic or industry leader as its Head of Business Engagement and Employability, to work with the Provost for Innovation and Research and drive forward the University’s strategic ambitions around enterprise, business development, and employability activities. 

This is a newly established senior academic leadership role, providing visible cross-university leadership to develop sector leading business engagement relationships that will support the University to achieve its strategic ambitions in REF, TEF, and KEF, as well as leading the University’s Careers and Employability function. The postholder will sit on the Delivery and Operations Leadership Group, one of the key decision-making committees for the University. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and influential individual with a passion for business engagement and development, and employability, to lead on these activities at a transformational time, using their academic or senior industry experience and commercial acumen to strengthen links between research excellence, external partnerships, and an outstanding student experience. Candidates must be able to demonstrate significant impact within the fields of research, innovation or enterprise, and experience of successfully operating at a senior strategic level within Higher Education, industry, or both. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a track record of income generation, the ability to embed and deliver ambitious organisation-wide strategies and have relevant knowledge of graduate employment markets that will influence and develop strategies around business engagement and employability for the benefit of the University and all students. 

If you would like to find out more about this exciting role, please click on the link below which will take you to a dedicated online candidate information pack. You can also access the Role Description and Person Specification by clicking on the ‘How to apply’ section or by contacting our recruitment partners to have an informal discussion about the role:

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | | 07399 528 307

Principal accountabilities

  1. Lead on all aspects of Business Engagement across the University, influencing Colleges and departments to engage internal stakeholders.
  2. Develop, implement and lead a sector leading business engagement unit in the institution that will ensure there are the quantity and quality of relationships to achieve our strategic ambitions in REF, KEF and TEF.
  3. Identify and develop business engagement and employability strategies for the University that align to our strategic framework and the relevant ISMs.
  4. Ensure operations are in place that supports colleges and departments to deliver business engagement and employability activities in line with the strategy.
  5. Identify strategic opportunities to increase business engagement and influence the wider university to engage and develop these opportunities.
  6. Lead the establishment, development and ongoing liaison with key strategic partners regionally, nationally and globally to deliver increased sponsorship to the University to result in the achievement of ambitious targets for growth of income from business sources
  7. Provide senior representation for the University in discussions with business, promoting the University to external funders and stakeholders (including individuals at Board and other senior levels) and acting as the key contact for business stakeholders in their engagement with the University.
  8. Provide expert guidance and analytics which support the generation of new opportunities for engagement with business
  9. Lead the implementation of systems and process, including CRM, to ensure efficient and effective business engagement operations.
  10. To support and develop seamless support services for business engagement through effective coordination and optimised business processes across the University’s Professional Services (including links with the Directorates of Finance, Student Experience, Legal Services, etc).
  11. Provide professional advice and contribution to appropriate committees and academic colleagues to enhance business engagement and employability.
  12. Provide motivational leadership, line management and development for staff in areas of responsibility, ensuring that local strategic and operational plans are aligned to the University’s strategic framework and corporate objectives
  13. Provide leadership managerial oversight of the Business Engagement Unit, ensuring the team supports the University in engagement with employers and key stakeholders regionally and nationally.
  14. Provide leadership and managerial oversight of the University’s Careers and Employability team ensuring students and graduates have developed the appropriate employability skills and gained transformational experiences to make them competitive in the employment market.
  15. Chair or take a prominent seat on a range of internal and external committees, Councils and boards relating to the Business Engagement and Employability strategies.
  16. Ensure efficient and effective systems and processes which support a high performance culture operate throughout areas of responsibility. Ensure that objectives and outcomes can be measured and monitored, emphasising direct links to the University’s success measures.
  17. Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integral to the culture and activities in areas of responsibility and across the University.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | | 07399 528 307

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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