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Head of Department - Professional Engineering Education

Technical Placements Ltd
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5 May 2021

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Exciting opportunity to become Divisional Manager and lead the Professional Engineering Wing (PEW) of MKC Training embedded within the world famous Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) in Chatham, Kent.

The Professional Engineering Wing delivers teaching up to MSc and BEng level in the following subject areas:

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Contracts Management
Quantity Surveying
Project, Programme, Risk Management and Health and Safety
Applied Mathematics and Engineering Science
Electronics and Controls
The Background
MKC Training is a wholly owned subsidiary of MidKent College, established in 2008 as part of an innovative public, private partnership with the Ministry of Defence. MKC Training is an outstanding expert in the design and delivery of innovative teaching, learning, assessment and training design. Supporting employers, training providers and awarding organisations to provide a stimulating environment to help individuals and organisations achieve their goals.

Over the last 10 years MKC Training has developed a deep subject specialism and knowledge across construction, engineering and the associated professional skills. This specialist expertise, experience and capability has been underpinned by their work with the RSME. Working as part of the Holdfast Training Services (HTS) consortium in a 30 year Public Private Partnership (PPP) designing, managing, delivering and assessing a wide range of high quality artisan, technical and professional training for military engineers.

The Opportunity

The Divisional Manager will provide strategic and operational management of the Division. They will have responsibility for the quality of teaching and the maintenance of academic standards. They will lead their team of 30 staff in the continual development and improvement of the existing courses, as well as the development and implementation of new courses and products.

Strategically, the Divisional Manager will drive the MKC Training vision by ensuring that the PEW team supports the following objectives:

to be a trusted design and delivery partner for the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME)
to drive innovation through their training design and delivery
to support the growth aspirations of MKC Training
The Divisional Manager will line manage senior lecturers, lecturers, and support staff to ensure that the PEW curricula are appropriately resourced, within agreed budgetary limits. They will ensure the Division is managed effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with appropriate professional standards. The overarching objective is to provide every student with the greatest chance of successfully completing their course. This is demonstrated through KPI's monitoring satisfaction levels in student surveys, and overall course pass rates.

They will ensure a partnering culture across all RSME stakeholders with a particular focus on working closely with PEW military personnel.

In addition to their management responsibilities the Divisional Manager will teach in one of the disciplines outlined above.

Essential Person Requirements:

Degree Level Qualification
Teaching Qualification
Relevant Professional Qualification / Membership
Management Qualification or Higher Degree

Strong Leadership, Influential and Decision Making skills
Entrepreneurial Focus
Analytical, planning and organisational skills
Departmental Management and Financial / Budgetary experience
Experienced teacher / trainer - Teaching in a relevant subject area in a classroom or workshop setting to BEng / MSc level
Development and improvement of courses, curriculum and services
Management, Mentoring and/or coaching staff
Quality assurance & improvement
Assessment tools
Experience using a range of IT and Microsoft packages

This is outstanding opportunity to become a pivotal member of the management team of this developing, highly professional training provider, delivering education to the very highest standard.

Our client, MKC Training is an equal opportunities employer. They value diversity in their people and all applications will be welcomed and considered regardless of a person's age, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or ethnic origin. All posts are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service application. MKC Training follows the DBS Code of Practice.

For a full job description and / or informal chat about this exciting and pivotal role, please contact Tim Hill on (phone number removed) or

Note to Recruitment Agencies - this recruitment project is under a managed service contract - direct approaches to the client will not be accepted
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