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Assistant Director IT

Birmingham City University
Closing date
10 Apr 2021

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Assistant Director IT for Technical Delivery and Information Security
Information Technology
Location: Joseph Priestley Building
Salary: £70,506 to £76,636 per annum
Full Time / Permanent
Birmingham City University has a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to lead a great team through a period of anticipated growth and change. BCU as the University for Birmingham has ambitious plans to meet the needs of students from across the region and internationally and digital services play a critical role in providing a learning environment for those students to thrive.
With around 25,800 students from over 100 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country's most employable graduates.
We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city-centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.
Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.
We are looking to appoint an Assistant Director IT for Technical Delivery and Information Security whose remit is to provide the information technology systems and services for students and staff. The person will develop, maintain, support and keep current the technical systems in use across the university to support the delivery of the required service levels. This includes the critical need to identify, monitor and resolve information security risks and issues.
You will be responsible for the technical implementation and operation of the university's IT, planning system developments and operation over a three to five year cycle. The role involves leading and a high performing team of developers, engineers and analysts, ensuring skills and experience match the ongoing developments whilst balancing the 70-strong team's focus on multiple projects and day to day delivery.
You will be responsible for recruiting new talent required by the team in an environment where we measure ourselves against the university's equality and diversity strategy.
The role is also responsible for the information security of BCU technical systems documenting the level of risk the university is exposed to and ensure there is agreement on the level of risk that is acceptable. Strong partnership working is needed with leaders across the university to ensure we work together to operate safely and securely. You will take responsibility for determining the disaster recovery and business continuity plans for the university's IT systems and safely testing their good operation at regular intervals.
You will define appropriate out-of-hours support levels and procedures and manage resources to achieve the required service response and you will deliver against the defined incident and service request levels of performance for the IT managed systems. You will also be responsible for effective change management of university IT systems and maintain processes to ensure that technical change is undertaken at an appropriate pace without unmanaged risk to the good operation of the university.
A successful candidate will have:
* 2.1 or better degree (or equivalent experience) in relevant technical subject
* Relevant postgraduate qualification (or equivalent experience) in technology delivery
* Extensive experience of leading large technical teams
* Experience in maintaining security accreditations, for example Cyber Essentials
* Experience in defining and monitoring IT policies
* Experience in information management and information security principles
* Experience in managing teams operating to an agile development method
* Proven track record of project management
* Experience in presenting business cases for system investment to Executive Board level stakeholders
* Proven leadership and management skills including change management methods to introduce innovation and new processes
Application process
As part of your application, please ensure you upload a CV and cover letter. You are advised, where possible, to remove personal details from your CV and cover letter such as your name.
Selection process
As part of the selection process, we want to really understand your skills, knowledge and experience and in order to maintain social distancing we will complete interviews via MS Teams. Also as part of the process we will be asking you to prepare a short presentation, to help us understand how you will prioritise your approach to the role.
Interview date - April 22nd 2021
The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.
It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful.
Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours' notice. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.
Closing Date: Monday 19 April 2021
Interview Date: Thursday 22 April 2021
Reference: (phone number removed)
At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All staff are expected to understand and enact the University's commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status
Birmingham City University ('BCU') is committed to protecting your personal data and being transparent about what we do with your personal data. One of the ways we do this is through our privacy notices
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