Strategy & Planning Manager, Business School
I joined the Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2014 and undertook a wide range of placements including Advancement, Central Secretariat, Finance, Strategic Planning and the Department of Surgery and Cancer. I also completed a placement in the Business School, working on development of new programmes and communications and marketing. After ~ two years on the Graduate Scheme, I accepted the role of Strategy & Planning Manager in the Business School.
During my time on the Graduate Scheme, I led the project support and analytical research for an operational change programme; focusing on improving the quality and use of teaching space. I worked with staff and students across the university to support the delivery of this complex change initiative; collaborating with the student union, senior staff and support services. I worked with a team to gather input from over 150 individuals, analysed large data sets and then co-authored a diagnostic report and drafted policy. As a result, we saw huge changes in the approach to timetabling and the team were nominated by students for an award in Supporting the Student Experience!
In my current role I am responsible for the development of longer-term strategy and supporting its implementation. I managed the strategy development process for the Business School Strategy 2018 – 2028. Working with the senior team, I designed the process, communications and supported the development of the financial plan. This was an exciting opportunity to work with a wider range of teams across the School and external partners. I also lead the Dean’s Office team to deliver events and strategic initiatives; which has included VIP guest visits, supporting organisational change projects and carrying out analysis and developing briefings. As a core part of my strategic implementation role, I am also secretary to the Business School Advisory Board and Management Board and support a range of internal communications.
Taking part in the Graduate Scheme enabled me to develop an understanding of lots of aspects of higher education as well as building my own teamwork and leadership skills. For anyone interested in applying, I would recommend really thinking about how you can work in an analytical and detailed way while always keeping an eye on the bigger picture – for me this was a really key skill I used in many placements.