Operations Manager: Centre of the Cell

University of London

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £51,048 ¿ £56,921 per annum (Grade 6)
Reference: QMUL32416
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 26 May 2023
Closing date: 18 June 2023

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About Us

Centre of the Cell www.centreofthecell.org is an award-winning, informal biomedical science learning centre, based in the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

With its two iconic learning spaces, Centre of the Cell aims to inspire young people with an immersive digital interactive experience in STEMPod and through engaging science shows and workshops in Neuron Pod. We also deliver outreach programmes and events in schools and to community groups.

In addition to this, Centre of the Cell has a Youth Membership Scheme with over 400 members and provides summer schools, volunteering and work experience opportunities, mentoring, help with university applications and co-production of the Big Question Lecture series.

This is an exciting time for Centre of the Cell. We have just completed a £438,000 refurbishment of STEMPod with state-of-the-art computer and film technology and a refresh of activities and film to reflect the latest in biomedical research at Queen Mary University of London. There is also funding secured for a series of new interactives, shows and workshops to be developed and delivered in 2023-24.

About The Role

To support the next stages of our development plans, we are looking to appoint an Operations Manager.

Working closely with the Director and Founder of Centre of the Cell, you will develop and implement strategic plans, including marketing and visitor experience, to support the growth and long-term future of Centre of the Cell and its offerings.

This critical role will provide you with the opportunity to manage the full operational delivery of Centre of the Cell, including managing a small team of delivery staff, overseeing public engagement projects, and day to day finance, HR, and infrastructure tasks.

About You

Due to the current requirements of the role, on this occasion we are looking for an individual who has a background in working in a similar environment to ours (e.g museums, visitor attractions, heritage/science centres).

You will currently be working (or previously worked) at a similar level and see our role as an opportunity to transfer your existing skills and experiences and add to your career portfolio, or you might see this as an exciting opportunity and new challenge to help shape our future delivery.

Alternatively, you will be (or have been) part of a large operational team (in a deputy capacity) with similar, specific responsibilities to those set out and see our role as your opportunity to now have overall accountability and ownership for delivery whilst working at a higher level.

You will be able to clearly demonstrate delivery in operational excellence in everything you do, whether that be financial and budget planning, project delivery, inspiring others through your line management skills or supporting strategic planning to enable tangible growth in the experiences of visitors, income generation and services offered.

Our Benefits

We offer a full, comprehensive, and flexible range of benefits and inclusive employment policies. More details can be found by visiting: www.qmul.ac.uk/new-staff/before-you-arrive/

Our Commitment

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

Further information

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Fran Balkwill; [email protected]

The closing date is Sunday June 18th , 2023.

Interviews (in person) will take place on Friday June 30th , 2023.

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