Director of Digital & Innovation


28th May 2024

Closing Date

24th June 2024




Manchester, University of Manchester

Interviews Scheduled

Tuesday 13th August 2024

The University of Manchester is recognised and highly ranked globally for its pioneering research, the breadth of teaching and learning and for its commitment to social responsibility. The world’s big challenges demand urgent action and we are working across boundaries and disciplines to create healthier, more equal futures; helping to eradicate poverty; ensuring energy supply for future generations; and protecting our planet for the years to come.

The University is defined not only by its scale but also its complexity with an annual turnover in 2022/3 of £1.35bn, 13,000 staff, around 46,000 students and more than 500,000 alumni.

This is a newly created role and will be a central member of our IT Executive Team, reporting to the CIO. The Director – Digital and Innovation will own our digital strategy and be accountable for the digital user experience and technical delivery of strategic change during a period of significant investment in our digital future. Over the next decade and beyond, this strategic position will be  dedicated to reshaping our digital campus, enhancing AI, data, and digital services, and fostering a culture of excellence befitting a truly global institution.  As Director – Digital and Innovation you will be proactive, monitoring, and further championing new digital technologies, culture shifts and ideas in line with the University’s goals.

As such this presents a singular opportunity for a senior-level IT, Data and Digital management professional with a demonstrable ability to identify future trends. You will be a customer-focused transformational leader, who can bridge the gap between IT and business colleagues (and speak both languages) in digital transformation, or developing and adapting business practices into digital delivery, all whilst navigating complex challenges in alignment with our global ambitions.

The University of Manchester is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of sex, gender identity, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, age, or nationality.

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How to apply

Applications should be made via email to and must include on separate documents:

  • a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the person specification
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • details of three referees and notice period (Referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  • a completed Personal Details Form (available above)

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th June 2024.

Final stage interviews will take place at the University on Tuesday 13th August 2024.

In making an application for this role we ask you also to view our Privacy Notice which outlines our compliance to General Data Protection Regulations and the use and storage of your data. Personal Data is held and processed on the lawful basis that such action is in the Legitimate Interest of the company in pursuing the purposes described and has been considered through the use of a Legitimate Interest Assessment utilising the Balance Test to not be outweighed by risks to the rights, freedoms and interests of the Data Subject.

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