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Operations Director

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
48,327 - 55,998 per year
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Role Description

We are looking for an Operations Director to support the Academic Lead in driving the N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research initiative.

The N8 is a partnership of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. Overall responsibility for the AgriFood Resilience Programme (N8 AgriFood) resides with the University of York, where the Academic Director and central support team are based.

N8 AgriFood is aiming to create a distinct programme of fundamental and translational research on food security in the UK and internationally. The programme builds on research strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences to address key global challenges of sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, and improved nutrition and consumer behaviours. We work closely with external stakeholders in the agri-food sector to ensure our programme of research has scientific, social, environmental, economic and political impact.

We are seeking an Operations Director to manage a dynamic team, working productively with researchers and agri-food stakeholders to deliver collaborative projects with impact on the UK and global food system. You will work closely with the Academic Lead to shape the strategic direction of the programme, identify new opportunities and deliver a sustainable interdisciplinary multi-partner research programme with international reach.

You will have experience of developing research collaborations, within or between institutions, and a good understanding of the UK research and innovation funding landscape. You will have proven ability to bring together interdisciplinary teams to deliver significant funding proposals and develop strategic partnerships.

This role is for a fixed-term period until the end of April 2020. Salary is in the range £48,327 to £55,998 pro rata, per annum. Interviews will be held at the University of York on 4th August 2017.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Katherine Denby, N8 AgriFood Programme Academic Lead, via e-mail: For an alternative contact please contact

Closing date - 23rd July 2017

Vacancy Reference - 5864

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