Director – Birmingham College of Food

09 Sep 2020
28 Sep 2020
Full Time
Contract Type

Salary circa £60k, more negotiable for exceptional candidates with significant industry experience.

University College Birmingham is seeking a new Director for its world class and industry-recognised College of Food. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Food, and leading an outstanding team of around 40 highly experienced and talented lecturers and senior lecturers, in food production, food & beverage service, bakery, confectionery and patisserie. The post holder will look to review our portfolio of Higher and Further Education programmes, refreshing them in line with current industry expectations, trends and student demand. They will instigate cross-university collaboration with other academic and professional and support departments in the development of new programmes. In addition, they will also, working collaboratively with our commercial and kitchen operational and management staff, review the offer in our staff, student and public restaurant to ensure they remain as vibrant and valuable as ever.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent, have strong commercial instincts, and will have a proven track record as a highly effective and respected leader. High energy, innovative thinking, a good listener with the ability to drive through change and an enthusiasm for new and varied ways of developing the curriculum will be of critical importance in this role. Good experience and a developed understanding of the classic side of hospitality and culinary arts education are also critical, in addition to a strong contemporary industry awareness. They will have an understanding of further and higher education in a culinary context, and be committed to ensuring an outstanding student experience for each of our students. UCB is unique in its HE/FE split (70/30), and a good understanding of each curriculum offer and of market dynamics for each sector is important.  You will be a charismatic leader who can inspire, excite and engage students, staff and culinary leaders within the modern and rapidly evolving food industry within our great City, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The University has built its reputation and much of its early success on the quality and excellent student experience provided by its Food and Hospitality courses. As the institution enters a new era, it is now seeking to guarantee, through an experienced and innovative leader, that these courses and all the services provided by the College of Food continue to be recognised as world class by students, industry and members of the public.

We are aspirational, high-performing and teaching focussed, with a clear vision aligned to continuous improvement, innovation and high-quality student experience. Our financial performance is strong and our investment in our estate has been realised by the opening of our new teaching campus in February 2020; the latest phase of a £130 million investment into the University since 2014.

In return, we can offer a fantastic working environment in an institution with big ambitions. Our relatively small size means that you can have a significant influence from day one. You’ll also get all of the great benefits of being a member of staff at UCB, including a competitive salary, generous annual leave, private health, generous contributory pension scheme and access to our fantastic campus facilities in the heart of Birmingham.

How do I Apply?

You will need to submit a CV (maximum 4 sides) and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides) setting out specifically how you meet the requirements of the role. You should use font size 11pt. An informal telephone conversation can be arranged by appointment with a member of the Executive Management Team by emailing

Please submit your completed application to by no later than noon on Monday 28 September.

Interviews are likely to held (potentially online in the first instance) on Monday 5 October 2020.

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