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Closing date: 
Sunday, 21 January, 2018

The new role of Chief Operating Officer will be a member of Cambridge University Library's Senior Leadership Team, and will provide strategic leadership and oversight for core operations supporting the business, efficiency and effectiveness of the library service. The post-holder will lead a wide portfolio across Planning and Governance, HR, Finance, Communications and Marketing, Building Services and Commercial Enterprise. The role requires substantial equivalent experience working in a complex organisational environment and will be responsible for coordination and collaboration across other parts of the University, including Schools and Colleges.

The post-holder will be expected to work at programme level, thinking across the service as a whole, and will have senior management oversight for individual projects and change initiatives delivered through the operations team. The post-holder will be an experienced strategic planner capable of developing and maturing the planning and operational functions for the library service to the benefit of all library users and staff. This is a new post and the post-holder will need to be a self-starter with the leadership authority to take decisions and effect change appropriate to effective ways of working in a collegiate university.

This is an opportunity to join and help shape the direction and delivery of one of the world's greatest research libraries at one of the world's leading universities, reporting direct to the University Librarian and Director of Library Services.

To apply for the post, please click on the Cambridge University Job Opportunities link. This will direct you to the University’s web-based recruitment system, where you will be able to log in to create an online application form.


The closing date for applications is Sunday 21st January 2018.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Jessica Gardner (University Librarian and Director of Library Services), via at

Please quote reference VE14404 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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