Current roles

Thank you for your interest in these key senior roles. Details can be found below on the roles we are currently recruiting.

Chief Data Officer

About the role

The aim of the Chief Data Officer is to provide strategic leadership to the Data, Foresight and Analysis (DFA) function currently totalling about 65 employees. This is the most senior role in the DFA function.  

The role is accountable for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the OfS’s approach to data, ensuring that the OfS’s regulation is driven forward by expert and strategic deployment of data and analysis. This includes: 

  • ensuring that the OfS collects the right data in the right ways and exploits that data to generate maximum regulatory benefit;
  • delivering a step-change in the efficiency and effectiveness of the operating model for the OfS’s data and analysis functions through a data transformation programme, transforming the way we collect and analyse data to ensure our work is fit for the future;
  • identifying and implementing approaches that minimise the burden of data collection for higher education providers; 
  • spearheading the definition and implementation of our data strategy, bringing together expertise in data governance, process digitisation, data insights, data science, data engineering and operations; 
  • leading engagement with the higher education sector, internal and external stakeholders, including the designated data body to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of our data systems and processes. 
  • Delivering effective and efficient services in governance, process digitisation, and analytics to our regulation and strategy teams, using our CRM platform and analytics software products to share data and insights effectively through the OfS to enable decisions and action.  

As a member of senior staff, the post holder leads the organisation to develop, implement and deliver its strategy and business plan. The postholder must therefore be, and be seen to be, a credible champion for the OfS’s approach to regulation and role model in this respect for staff and with external stakeholders.

The candidate pack for this role can be accessed here

Assistant Head of Legal

About the role

The aim of the role ‘Assistant Head of Legal Services’ is to lead on provision of legal advice and support for a broad range of legal matters relevant to the OfS’s functions. Key responsibilities include; supporting the Head of Legal Services (and, where relevant, Deputy Head of Legal Services) in leading the legal function within the OfS, as well as ongoing management of multiple major portfolios of work within the legal team (which may change over time and could also include oversight of OfS’s Knowledge and Information Management team). The role may also include acting as/providing cover for the Head of Legal Services or Deputy Head of Legal Services in their absence.

This role requires significant engagement with internal stakeholders to ensure that all employees are appropriately trained, and external stakeholders to ensure the team is supported.

The key person attributes required to fulfil this role include: significant legal experience dealing with many legal practice areas and leading large legal teams, acting as an advisor to boards and senior executives; ability to analyse and advise on complex legal issues; sensitivity to politics, understanding the needs of, and willing to work collaboratively with external stakeholders; adopts a creative and innovative approach to legal issues; excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills; and an ability to influence and negotiate.

The candidate pack for this role can be accessed here