Change Partner

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The Role

Are you looking for a new challenge with excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment? If so, this is the role for you. The University of Cambridge has established a number of large change initiatives to help us adopt new ways of working in support of our staff and academic mission. In the years ahead, these vital programmes and projects will help the University seize new opportunities, respond to future challenges and make an even greater contribution to society through teaching and research.
This exciting time of transformation has resulted in the creation of multiple unique Change Partner positions that will help shape the change agenda within the University, giving a voice and support to our Schools and Non-School Institutions (NSIs).
The Change Partner will be able to give Schools and NSIs the ability to influence change, identify difficult issues and potential problems at a very early stage ensuring that School and NSIs voices are heard, and working collaboratively to find the best solutions. In turn, the Change Partner will utilise their expertise and insights to influence the wider direction of change across the university.

We will be recruiting for several posts and we are keen to hear from candidates who want to make a difference and play a key role in the transformation process at Cambridge.

Key responsibilities

  • Helping Schools/NSIs to understand the direction and impact of the University's transformation programmes in order to advocate and develop strategies to mitigate risk.
  • Leading and managing the communication and consultation process, giving a voice to stakeholders to support a positive culture of change throughout the University.
  • Work with the Change and Programme Management Office (CPMO) and other Change Partners to ensure changes are successfully and consistently implemented.

About you

  • You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage and build positive relationships with stakeholders.
  • You will be experienced in embedding demonstrable transformational change. A recognised change or transformation qualification/certification would be advantageous.
  • This role would suit those looking for opportunities in strategic thinking and problem solving, who enjoy variety, stakeholder engagement and connecting people, themes and ideas together.

Further information on the University structure can be found here:

Schools, Faculties and Departments -

Non-School institutions -

The Benefits

In return, you will receive an extensive reward/benefit package including: 41 days annual leave (inc bank holidays) Flexible/hybrid working Excellent benefits including a generous pension scheme, discount portal, cycle to work scheme, access to the university accommodation service, scheme for the reimbursement of relocation expenses, employee assistance programme, family-friendly policies along with many more.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

When applying, please upload your CV and cover letter which clearly sets out how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification (the knowledge, skills, and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview based upon these criteria.

Previous applicants need not apply.

The Interview Process

Successful candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 11 December 2023.

Additional information regarding the role can be found within the further information file. If you wish to discuss this role in more detail, please contact Daniela Manca, Programme Manager, Change and Programme Management Office, via

Questions about the application process should be addressed to the Resourcing team at

Please quote reference YV37846 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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