Systems Manager, Institute for Social and Economic Research

University of Essex

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

ISER is a research department in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex. ISER’s research excellence is demonstrated by its outstanding publication record and substantial research funding. ISER employs scholars of international prominence publishing in the top journals in their fields. Information is the lifeblood of ISER; all ISER personnel are responsible for its security to the organisations and individuals who provide it. Whilst ISER must abide by the University of Essex computing policies, ISER is required to conform to a far stricter Information Security regime due to the data that we process and the research that we undertake. ISER’s computing policies and procedures therefore supersede those of the University.

This position is offered at Grade 9 with development plan to Grade 10; or Grade 10.

Duties of the Role

The role of the Systems Manager is to ensure ISER’s IT infrastructure and operations are sufficiently robust to maintain ISO certification whilst modernising and developing systems and processes to meet user needs. The postholder will engage with internal and external stakeholders to design and implement systems as needs change over time.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the attached job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold an IT related Degree or have equivalent experience.

Candidates who meet the desirable criteria for this post will be considered for appointment at Grade 9 with a clear development plan to achieving Grade 10 subject to sufficient progress against objectives. It is expected that progression to Grade 10 will be achieved within 12-18 months. Candidates who meet all essential criteria will be considered for appointment at Grade 10 from the outset with no requirement to complete a development period.

Effective communication and interpersonal skills are required, including the ability to explain technical concepts and deliver training to ‘non-technical’ colleagues. The successful candidate will be able to lead, motivate and manage a team and foster excellent working relationships with core University personnel.

A full list of essential and desirable criteria across to the two different grades can be found within the Person Specification section of the job pack.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum , a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see:

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team ([email protected] ).

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