UCL Career Frameworks


Enterprise and External Engagement - Grade 8 (Management Pathway)

Example job roles: Technical Manager, Section Head, Assistant Director

Level: Advanced


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

Health & Safety responsibilities

  • To be responsible for the implementation of the University's health and safety policy, translating this into effective local policies and procedures
  • Hold specific safety responsibilities (e.g. membership of School/Department level committees)
  • Ensure specific necessary safety paperwork is completed/reviewed across the School/Department
  • Oversee completion of specific compliance tasks across the School/Department
  • Lead safety inspections and accident investigations
  • Maintain up-to-date health and safety knowledge providing expert support/advice to others

Core responsibilities

  • Advise and oversee significant equipment purchases 
  • Ensure that specific equipment is appropriately maintained in conjunction with Senior Specialist Technicians where appropriate
  • Provide management, motivation and support to the School/Department technical team developing the team to keep pace with changing teaching, research, professional and technology needs
  • Schedule, prioritise and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Be responsible for the recruitment of all technical staff
  • Work collaboratively with other areas of the University to achieve efficiency and elimination of duplicated effort
  • Organise and facilitate meetings as necessary and attend and present at School/Department/Cross-Institution meetings and forums
  • Lead the development of School/Department services and facilities ensuring that they remain fit-for-purpose and deliver maximum benefit 
  • Lead change-management initiatives at a local level in collaboration with more senior staff
  • Hold responsibility for the effective operation of stock control, whole life costings and asset management/inventory systems across the School/Department
  • Manage School/Department budgets and those relating to specific projects ensuring that appropriate and compliant systems are in place to deal with purchasing
  • Contribute data to influence budget-setting processes
  • Hold overall management responsibility for all facilities ensuring that local facility management arrangements are robust and compliant 
  • Assess, develop and implement School/Department-wide training/development arrangements
  • Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering a broad range of activities (not limited to techniques and equipment)
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others
  • Mentor/coach junior staff

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Hone leadership and people management skills 
  • Seek opportunities to improve influencing skills, change management
  • Build experience of major change projects
  • Enhance commercial and financial awareness for relevant sector
  • Gain experience of managing larger/complex teams

Learning from others

  • Establish strategic relationships with internal and external bodies and committees e.g. communities of practice and the Technical Manager Group
  • Network with senior colleagues across UCL and other institutions

Formal learning

  • UCL Leadership and/or Management training 
  • Accreditation/certification from a recognised Professional body 
  • Project management training

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Deciding and initiating action

  • Making decisions
  • Taking responsibility
  • Acting with Confidence
  • Acting on own initiative
  • Taking action
  • Taking calculated risks

Leading and supervising

  • Providing direction and co-ordinating action
  • Supervising and monitoring behaviour
  • Coaching
  • Delegating
  • Empowering staff
  • Motivating others
  • Developing staff
  • Identifying and recruiting talent

Planning and organising

  • Setting objectives
  • Planning
  • Managing time
  • Managing resources
  • Monitoring progress

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

4 January 2024

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.