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Chief Operating Officer, City, University of London

Founded in 1894 City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence, with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% at postgraduate level), from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries. In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.  During this period, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university. 


City’s new President, Professor Anthony Finkelstein, is reshaping City’s Senior Leadership Team to devise and deliver a fresh strategy for the University. Elected on the platform of leading a distinctive, self-confident and aligned City, this is a period of exciting change and transformation. The Chief Operating Officer is being recruited to offer a critical and engaging voice in this process, and to play a key role in the development and delivery of the fresh strategy. 


Reporting to the President, the Chief Operating Officer is the Head of Professional Services, and will lead a large and broad portfolio, enabling services and driving change, efficiency and effectiveness. The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the strategic alignment of all Professional Services, ensuring the Professional Services Directorates work collectively to support and deliver City’s strategic and operational plans. The Chief Operating Officer should have a sophisticated understanding of City’s finances and be able to operate as a partner to the Chief Financial Officer, as well as the other members of the Senior Leadership Team. 


As a key member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Operating Officer will work closely with the Deputy President and other senior leaders to shape and deliver City’s strategic and operational objectives, with a focus on ensuring the future sustainability and effectiveness of the University. 


Candidate Pack


To apply, please send your CV and supporting statement, addressing the specified criteria, together with the completed equal opportunities form to Closing date for applications is the 10th of September 2021.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit City during the week commencing 18th October 2021 and the final interviews will be held on 25th October 2021.


Equal Opportunities Form 




We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups and communities to apply, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and/or with characteristics protected under the Equalities Act including race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and religion & belief.