Employer: University of Exeter
Company Website: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/departments/digital/
Location: Exeter, Flexible Hybrid Working
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: From £63,335 on Grade H depending on qualifications and experience.

Solutions Architect

Digital Transformation Department

Full time (36.5 hours per week)

Hybrid working – This is a hybrid role that offers flexible working between home and our Streatham Campus.

The Digital department are currently recruiting for a permanent Head of Engineering to join their senior leadership team. This pivotal role will shape the future of digital technology at the university, driving cutting-edge innovations and implementing robust engineering practices to support our ambitious 2030 Digital Strategy. Join us in transforming the University of Exeter into the most accessible and connected academic institution through state-of-the-art digital solutions.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Lead, develop and grow the engineering function, including Developers, Technical Analysts, DevOps Engineers, and Testers.
  • Implement digital technology capabilities to support the 2030 Digital Strategy.
  • Develop and execute a sector-leading technology strategy and technical roadmaps.
  • Foster a high-performance, collaborative culture within the team.
  • Drive the adoption of Agile and Devops methodologies and innovative engineering practices.
  • Engage with key stakeholders to align digital initiatives with university goals.
  • Work with cloud computing, machine learning, AI, DevOps, and other emerging technologies to drive digital transformation and enhance the university’s digital capabilities.
  • Work closely with our IT department to ensure Digital and IT initiatives are implemented strongly and ensure a symbiotic relationship between these teams

Just some of the benefits that come with this role include:

  • Substantial annual leave allowance ✈(41 days including bank holidays)
  • Fantastic full USS pension scheme 💰
  • Flexible working opportunities 🏡
  • Access to the latest technologies and platforms 👩‍💻
  • Excellent personal and professional development opportunities 🤸‍♀️
  • Loads of discounts at leading retailers including 10% off everything at the Co-op! 🤩
  • Discounted gyms on all of our campuses 💪
  • Sustainable travel initiative by enjoying a 10% discount on bus passes, cycle to work scheme and taking advantage of car sharing incentives.
  • Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave 💕
  • Stunning campus locations in Exeter and Cornwall 💚

We’re really looking for…

  • Leadership and Team Management skills: Proven ability to develop, lead, and motivate high-performing engineering teams, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation.
  • Strategic Thinking: Expertise in developing and implementing technology strategies that align with the overall organisational goals and future trends.
  • Technical Acumen: Deep technical knowledge across various software engineering domains, with hands-on experience in digital technology and engineering.
  • An expert in Cloud and Emerging Technologies: Expertise in leveraging cloud computing, machine learning, AI, DevOps, and other emerging technologies to drive digital transformation and enhance the university’s digital capabilities.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Excellent relationship management skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels and gain buy-in for digital initiatives.
  • Innovation and Problem-Solving: Ability to initiate change, think creatively, and solve complex issues through innovative solutions and collaborative approaches.
  • Experience in a complex organisation: Someone with experience of finding and implementing innovative workforce solutions utilising internal teams and external partnerships.
  • Communication expert: We need an individual who can translate technical language into real talk to help our stakeholders understand our technical needs and help transform product roadmap items into fully fledged technical plans.


For more information on this job role and to apply please click the “Apply” link above

The starting salary will be from £63,335 on Grade H depending on qualifications and experience.

All applications must be made via our website. The closing date for this role will be the 7th July 2024.