Opportunity: Head of Operations

Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement

Thank you for your interest in the role of Head of Operations at Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement; a UNESCO World Heritage site, and proud to be part of the University of Manchester. At a site unlike any other, this new position offers you the incredible opportunity to contribute to every aspect of life at this iconic landmark and cherished attraction.

From welcoming hundreds of visitors every day, to hosting inspiring Exhibitions and Lovell Lectures, we also stage ambitious events like bluedot festival and Winter Solstice Season.

Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement is a hub for learning and creativity, where art, culture and science are united beneath the iconic Lovell Telescope, towering above the Cheshire tree-line and searching for new life beyond the stars.

We are seeking an outstanding Head of Operations; a proven business manager within the cultural sector, with a strong commitment to providing an exceptional visitor experience. They will work closely with the Director and Senior Management Team to oversee the smooth running of the site; becoming a vital facilitator in an exciting new chapter in Jodrell Bank’s story. They will also have a keen eye for recognising new avenues of development, and a fundamental appreciation for the power of arts and science to inspire the next generation of inquiring, adventurous minds.

If you think this could be you please read on, and we look forward to receiving your application!

Closing Date 8th December 2023

The Role

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic, artistic, and executive leadership, maintaining Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement’s outstanding reputation and ensure that excellence as a visitor experience is kept at the core of everything we do. They will be able to support, encourage and motivate staff, as well as managing stakeholder relationships and being an advocate for the business.

This post-holder will also be in a key position to realise the full potential of what Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement has to offer; investigating new areas for growth and strengthening our current assets in accordance with our mission, vision and values.

The Person

The Head of Operations will be a strong senior leader, perpetuating an attitude of inclusion and transparency in everything they do.

The perfect candidate will bring a combination of creativity and practicality to the position, with a sound understanding of the logistics involved in running a cultural and heritage venue in the UK today. They will have excellent foresight when making decisions, and will have the skills and understanding to action new initiatives. They will be inspired by the founding principals of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement and use their unique voice to bring new perspectives to the heart of the organisation.

About Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement

For almost 80 years, Jodrell Bank has been instrumental in some of the most important astronomical breakthroughs of the previous century. Today, Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement is owned and managed by the University of Manchester, and in 2019 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement exists as a place for creative learning, welcoming around 150,000 visitors a year, including school groups, families and corporate delegates. The heart of our mission is to inspire, enabling curious minds to explore the wonders of the universe through activities, talks and an engaging programme of events. Our work is varied, exciting and important, and we look forward to welcoming a new member to our incredible team.

To take your next career step into a role where every day presents new opportunities and the sky is anything but the limit, apply today!

Applications for this post will only be accepted through the University of Manchester’s official job portal, linked below.

For any further information about Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, or a discussion about the role, please contact Marie Marshall, PA to the Director at marie.marshall-2@manchester.ac.uk. For queries regarding the application process and any access amendments please contact people.recruitment@manchester.ac.uk

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Due to the rural nature of the site candidates will need to have their own means of transport.


Jodrell Bank

Bomish Lane



SK11 9DW