Professional Development Manager

Posted 6 February by Office Angels

Professional Development Manager

Location: Cambridge, parking available

Salary: £28,000- £32,000 per annum.

Hours: Full time, Monday to Friday

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage and deliver a broad range of projects related to the professional and career development of researchers in higher education, including postgraduate researchers and research staff
  • Apply and develop knowledge and experience of higher education institutions to facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Develop project proposals, define project tasks, manage internal and external resource, plan and schedule project time lines, and track project deliverables
  • Monitor and report on progress to stakeholders including the Senior Management Team, Advisory Groups and wider community
  • Provide project impact evaluations and assessment of results, and prepare draft reports
  • Communicate effectively and manage relationships with external project sponsors, stakeholders and partners to develop Vitae relationships, networks and business
  • Undertake research or other work as required in the project
  • Deliver presentations and training if needed
  • Provide support to external advisory groups if needed.
  • Liaise with internal colleagues to prepare communications plans and disseminate other information as appropriate

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience of working with universities in the UK and internationally in relation to researcher, staff or career development
  • Experience of training and career development activity, and/or research in higher education or careers
  • Excellent proven project management skills, preferably recognised through a professional qualification
  • Experience of successfully delivering a wide variety of projects on time and on budget
  • Confidence and authority to build trust and respect with internal and external stakeholders
  • Track record of growing business following successful delivery of projects
  • Knowledge of research skills
  • Knowledge and experience of health and well-being, and/or inclusion, equality and diversity programmes and activities in higher education or other sectors desirable


  • Excellent project leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Focus on detail and delivery to time, budget and quality
  • Ability to work diplomatically and effectively with external stakeholders
  • Appropriate IT skills
  • A pro-active individual with good interpersonal skills to work autonomously, set personal objectives and work proactively in a collaborative environment to deliver project goals
  • Ability to travel in the UK and abroad if needed

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to be flexible and to work under pressure, using sound time management and prioritisation skills in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to the concept of a learning organisation, including own personal development

Office Angels is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Required skills

  • Education
  • Higher Education
  • Professional Development Manager

Reference: 34404827

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