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Network and Infrastructure Manager

Digital Services

Location:  Stoke Campus
Salary:   £53,353 to £61,823 Per Annum
Release Date:  Thursday 08 September 2022
Closing Date:   Friday 07 October 2022
Reference:  DS22-02

About the role 

The Network & Infrastructure Managers post within Digital Services is a pivotal role that provides management oversight and direction across two technical teams within Digital Services, these being Networking and Infrastructure. These teams are responsible for the development and maintenance of the key systems that make up the foundations on which all our digital staff and student learning systems are built. 

The infrastructure team provision and manage our server estate both on premise and across the Azure and AWS clouds ensuring highly available systems with data that is backed up securely for business continuity whilst ensuring we remain within our budget operating costs. 

The network team provide the digital backbone of the University which many see as the fourth utility service. Providing internet connectivity, wired and wireless services, secure remote access, and telephony services on all Staffordshire University Campuses. 

This role will help create and define overall strategies and objectives across these three technology areas from conception through to service delivery making a significant contribution to the delivery of our digital transformation and 2030 strategy.  This post is responsible for taking the relevant parts of the service plan, combining new digital technologies and translating these into annual team plans. Providing service delivery by Co ordinating work schedules, projects and day to day activities across the teams.

On a daily basis you will ensure that our architectural principles and vendor best practises are implemented to ensure the highest quality of infrastructure and exceptional level of service delivery for our teaching and learning. You will be liaising with 3rd party providers and suppliers to ensure service is within defined contracts. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to influence our digital strategy and work on a number of exciting new technology projects to assist Staffs to become the UK’s leading Digital University. This includes Cisco software defined networking, unified communications and hyperconverged infrastructure. 

We are looking for a forward thinking, inspirational leader from an IT background with a proven track record of motivating and developing teams with previous experience of delivery in a number of technology areas outlined above. You will have exceptional communication and customer service skills and a passion for all things Digital to help us innovate and provide creative solutions for our customers at Staffordshire University.

Key initiatives for the Network & Infrastructure team in the next 12 months will be assisting with our 2030 strategy; delivering innovative digital systems that help to make Staffordshire the UK’s leading Digital University and working in project teams with stakeholders across the University delivering projects such our new Student Village. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Emily Hampson - E.G.Hampson@staffs.ac.uk or 01782294332

In return for your dedication, we have a competitive benefits package available:

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • 37 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

Who is Staffordshire University?  

We are the Connected University with 100 years of experience and ambition in becoming the UK’s foremost digital Institution. Our main campus is located in Stoke on Trent alongside our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute is our first campus outside the Midlands.

With more than 10,000 Full Time Undergraduate and Postgraduate students on campus, we continue to drive innovation and change, aiming to positively disrupt our sector. For our University, it is about so much more than the numbers. In fact, if there’s one thing that sets us apart, it’s our people who are all #ProudToBeStaffs. Every one of our employees goes above and beyond to deliver on our connected mission, responding to the needs of our students, academic partners, businesses and society.  

Over the past 5 years, we have transformed ourselves into a Gold standard provider of teaching and learning, gaining historically high positions in the UK league tables. With digital skills being at our core, we strive for diversity in all its forms and play an important role in our local communities and regional economies.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. All applicants are advised to complete and submit your applications as soon as possible.

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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.


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