Oh, no!

This job listing has already expired.

Browse Active Jobs


Faculty Planning and Performance Manager

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 03rd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £42,149 - £44,706, with progression to £50,296 per annum
  • REF: 13885
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £42,149 – £44,706, with progression to £50,296 per annum

Closing Date: 24 November 2021

The Role

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is delighted to advertise this exciting opportunity for a talented strategic thinker to join us as Planning & Performance Manager. Responsible for the Faculty academic planning process you will work closely with the senior leadership team and provide expert advice, management information and strategic analysis to ensure delivery of the Faculty strategic objectives.

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. This position is offered on full time (40 hours per week) and open-ended contract basis.

To apply, please complete the online application and upload a CV and a covering letter. Please structure your covering letter as a supporting statement of no more than two sides. Please outline how you meet or exceed the requirements for the role holder as listed below.

Please note, interviews are planned to take place on Thursday 9th December 2021.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Laura Thomson, Deputy Director of Faculty Operations via e-mail to Laura.Thomson@ncl.ac.uk

For more information about the SAgE Faculty, please click here

We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering that made Newcastle University the institution it is today. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We’re educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives, and you can be part of it.

Key Accountabilities

  • To lead the delivery of the Faculty’s integrated planning process, working closely with colleagues in People Services, Finance and Strategic Planning & Change
  • To act as the principal provider and key point of contact of support, expertise and guidance to academic and professional services colleagues across the Faculty in regard to planning, performance, student number planning, management information and benchmarking data
  • To lead on the strategic analysis and presentation of relevant management information for the Faculty and its constituent units, including external benchmarking of Faculty/Unit performance and other data as appropriate, with a view to identifying key trends, opportunities, and challenges, and recommending the appropriate action to address these
  • To support the development of Faculty and individual academic unit strategic plans and to lead on the related planning processes which include student number planning and KPI data provision and analysis
  • To liaise with academic units, the Finance Team, People Services, Strategic Planning & Change and other relevant central services to ensure cohesive provision of Management Information across the Faculty, including providing training and information sessions to administrative and academic staff as required
  • To work closely with the Faculty Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Advisor to actively promote EDI in the Faculty through the planning process. To have responsibility for the provision of data relating to EDI for internal monitoring purposes and external commitments (e.g. Athena SWAN)
  • To lead Faculty input to development and support of Management Information Systems (e.g. SAP Business Warehouse), working closely with the Planning Office, NUIT and other relevant central services to improve reporting requirements and data integrity
  • To ensure delivery of the Faculty contribution to external all data returns to the Office for Students (OfS) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), including relevant data for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) submissions
  • To provide professional leadership and management for the Faculty Planning & Performance Team and to work closely with other relevant professional service teams/individuals in the other Faculties and central services to ensure data integrity and cohesive provision of management information across the Faculty
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An excellent understanding of the Higher Education sector and the political and policy, regulatory and reporting context research intensive universities operate in
  • A strong understanding of Higher Education datasets
  • Advanced skills and experience working with large complex data sets and using data analysis tools, dashboards and business intelligence systems to analyse, interpret and communicate insights and information to a range of audiences
  • Experience of leading and supporting a planning process within a large and complex organisation
  • A strategic thinker with a strong understanding how strategy development, planning, implementation and strategy oversight operates in a complex organisation
  • Excellent numeracy, together with a high level of competency and confidence in handling and manipulating data from a diverse range of sources
  • Commitment to leading a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion. Demonstrable knowledge of Equality & Diversity practice and policies
  • Experience of managing and leading a professional team within a large and complex organisation

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Team-worker who builds effective internal and external relationships, with colleagues at levels in distributed roles and with external organisations
  • Confidence and belief in evidence-based data analysis, highlighting trends and patterns in data and challenging assumptions, beliefs and decisions with clear arguments and perspectives, including in situations where the data and insights are challenged
  • Excellent communicator with highly developed interpersonal and verbal, written and presentation communication style and approach
  • Achieves results working with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment, flexible, adaptable and able to complete multiple complex objectives, tasks and projects to tight deadlines
  • High drive and initiative, able to demonstrate professional resilience
  • Takes the initiative to develop and implement new ideas and approaches
  • An energetic and “can do” approach which will inspire and enthuse others, ready to take the lead in driving forward initiatives
  • Acts in a collaborative, inclusive, transparent and open manner, acting with integrity and able to build high levels of trust
  • Possesses the personal stature to engage with and earn the respect and good will of peers and more senior colleagues


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

Requisition ID: 13885

Employer Achievements:

company award