Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Executive Officer

United Kingdom

Closing soon

Executive Officer


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type



Full time starting salary is in the range of £37,337 to £41,406 per annum with potential progression to £51,298 per annum

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  • Role Description

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a capable and engaging Executive Officer to join the School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manfacturing, reporting directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the school.

    About the Role

    This is a business critical, varied role for the School, providing support to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) of SATM on day to day office running but also supporting the School in a broader capacity. You will project manage various events, functions, activities and campaigns on behalf of the School and the University, working in conjunction with other Schools and Themes. You will work with efficiency and professionalism, delivering high standards of service in a busy and varied role. Maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality at all times, you will be highly diplomatic with a pro-active and pragmatic approach to your work. This is a very busy office and there may be occasions when you might need to work outside your normal hours of work and as such, a flexible approach is required.

    About You

    You will be educated to degree level or have a good standard of general education with significant experience, demonstrating relevant on the job training, signifying a successful history of personal development to degree level equivalence. You will have demonstrable and significant Senior PA/EA experience in a similarly demanding role supporting a senior manager. You will have an excellent eye for detail, be comfortable dealing with ambiguity and demonstrate resilience. You will be a team player but also comfortable working independently. You will use your extensive communication skills to influence, engage, build relationships and communicate effectively with a breadth of individuals, both internally and externally. You must be comfortable working in an environment where you will have regular sight of confidential and sensitive information.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace, manufacturing and transport systems technology and management for over 70 years, we deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing industry.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Jen Blaney, Senior Business Partner-People and Culture (E): [email protected]

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: [email protected]. Please quote reference number 4759.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 28 February 2024

    Job details


    Executive Officer


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    February 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 28, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.

    The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.

    The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.

    Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.

    Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.

    The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.

    What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

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