Deputy Director of Strategic Planning

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

The Deputy Director of Strategic Planning is a senior leadership position within the Planning, Insight and Analytics Directorate at the University of Glasgow.  The role has specific responsibility for the effective operation of the annual strategic planning and budgeting process, and for shaping the development of core, robust analytics products and reporting capability both at a University-wide level and through bespoke developments for Colleges, Schools and University Services.

Reporting directly to the Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Data Officer, the Deputy Director is responsible for leading several teams of professional staff providing advice, insights and analysis across the range of dimensions of institutional performance. The role is part of the leadership team for the directorate and will involve the active training and development of staff, and significant contribution to the development, evolution and implementation of the University-wide data and analytics framework.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will be responsible for advancing a new strategic direction for planning and insights.  In doing so, you will develop a number of strategic analytical projects supporting performance monitoring, strategic planning and budget cycles and strategy delivery.  This will include responsibilities such as:

• Overseeing the successful deployment of new Strategic Planning Analysts who will work coordinate between central services and the schools and Colleges to provide subject-level competitor analysis, horizon scanning and planning dashboards and reports at a local level, and in strengthening the relationship and alignment with the delivery of their ambitions in line with overall University strategic objectives. You will help identify and support the development of core new products and briefings to support College and School level planning.

• Support the University’s corporate planning and budgeting cycle, including the development and provision of data and key performance indicators, working with the Vice Principal, Finance, External Relations, HR and other key functions as appropriate.

• Provide analysis of key management information to Senior Management Group and other senior staff in support of decision making.  This will include analysis of internal data and those provided externally from, for example, Government, Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and league table compilers. Oversee the development of the University Strategy KPIs through consultation, and providing professional specialist support and advice to College, School and University Service Management Teams and in monitoring and reporting progress and risk to our performance.

• Work closely with the Chief Data Officer and their team leads to inform our future approach on the production of data, open data platforms including dashboards, analysis and scenario modelling that enable and support dialogue and evidence-based approaches across the institution.

• Develop and maintain a University-wide policy framework for student and staff surveys, and provide coordination, analysis and publication of the results of internally and externally hosted University-level survey. Establish and maintain appropriate contacts within Schools, Colleges and Committees, building strong and credible relationships at all levels to identify client needs around performance and planning, and deliver providing innovative solutions.

• Oversee the delivery, reporting and presentation of performance results from league tables and surveys providing timely, informative, robust analysis, identifying key messages and trends, making recommendations for future action to meet and shape the Universities strategic aims and ensuring that analysis is tailored for a range of audiences. Provide advice and analysis to deliver improvements on rankings.

• Manage a group of specialist professional staff to ensure all objectives are delivered within allocated resource constraints.  Develop, motivate and mentor staff within work areas to allow them to better meet current and future requirements of the service.

• Work in partnership with the University’s transformation programmes to influence and deliver the necessary change needed to embed consistent and evolutionary data driven decision making, as part of the transformation of the University’s culture and behaviours.

• Contribute to the wider Planning, Insight and Analytics strategic direction, particularly around a University-wide performance improvement plan, Business Intelligence developments and efficient service delivery.

• Deputise for the Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Data Officer as necessary.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

A2 Substantial experience of leading and managing analytical teams, provide analysis and advice and interpreting statistical data.


B1 A relevant Postgraduate qualification.

B2 A sound understanding of the higher education sector.

B3 Detailed knowledge of corporate planning and financial management.



C1 Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills with the ability to succinctly translate complex information to non-specialists.

C2 Strong leadership, influencing and negotiating skills to drive forward action in pursuit of strategic objectives while managing short-term operational pressures. 

C3 Accuracy and attention to detail and ability to handle large volumes of data.
C4 Strong numeracy, statistical, IT, analytical and problem-solving skills. 

C5 Ability and commitment to work calmly under pressure in a busy, complex environment with competing demands and achieve high quality work standards.

C6 Excellent and inclusive people management skills with the ability to integrate and lead a diverse team of staff to the highest professional standards.

C7 High standards of customer/client service, with ability to network internally and externally across a wide range of contacts.

C8 Strong people, influencing and communication skills to represent the business effectively when working with all levels of the University.


D1  Demonstrable skills in leading major information management programmes whilst being aware of technological trends and innovative solutions that will prompt new questions and challenges in the use of our data to create new opportunities for the University to benefit from.

D2  Well honed analysis, design, change management and facilitation skills.



E1 Substantial experience of analysis with either relevant qualifications evidence of progression and development with increasing seniority.

E2 Experience of influencing and working with Senior Management.

E3 Experience of managing a complex project or activity with strategic influence  with significant impact upon resources.

E4  Experience of managing and developing a significant team containing experienced professionals.

E5  Experience of report writing.

E6 Extensive experience of, and expertise in, preparing strategic plans and monitoring performance against key targets.


F1 Track record of success in stakeholder management including demonstrable experience of thinking outside of the box to enrich stakeholder engagement activities.

Terms and Conditions

Salary is competitive dependent on experience.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff,  pension, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University .

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community  here.

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