UCL Career Frameworks


Enterprise and External Engagement - Grade 8 (Specialist Pathway)

Example job roles: Senior Technical Specialist, senior Engineer, Senior Project Manager

Level: Advanced


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

Health & Safety responsibilities

  • Advise and oversee specific equipment purchases relevant to the specialism ensuring compliance and alignment to facility priorities
  • Plan and oversee specific maintenance and repair activities including the completion of in-house, highly-skilled repairs and maintenance
  • Ensure that specific equipment linked to the specialism is appropriately maintained
  • Lead investigations into new equipment purchases/modifications
  • Hold specific safety responsibilities relevant to the specialism e.g. laser safety advisor
  • Ensure specific safety paperwork relevant to the specialism is completed/reviewed 

Core responsibilities

  • Lead external facing income generating projects.
  • Ensure that reports are generated and delivered to external ‘customers’ 
  • Oversee completion of all compliance tasks related to the specialist area
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations
  • Maintain in-depth and up-to-date health and safety knowledge relevant to the specialism
  • Maintain relevant up-to-date health and safety knowledge providing expert support/advice
  • Provide direct line-management support, schedule, prioritise and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Supervise other staff and students working within the specialism
  • 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 introduction and development of new and cutting-edge equipment and techniques
  • Contribute to and support local change
  • Contribute data to influence budget setting processes
  • Hold overall responsibility for ensuring that the specialist area delivers against the needs of teaching and research, and that all assets relating to the s pecialism are utilised
  • Provide highly-skilled and highly-specialised teaching, research and taught external facing course support.  This will include the development of new techniques or new practical class activities 
  • Ensure that the management of facilities relating to the specialism is robust and compliant
  • Maintain in-depth specialist knowledge, sharing with others e.g.  presenting at conferences
  • Mentor/coach junior staff
  • Organise multidisciplinary interest groups involving staff from a range of specialisms to create a hub for sharing recent publications, projects, etc.
  • Contribute to grant/project planning
  • Manage local security and access control arrangements

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Liaise and contribute to external bodies to comply with British standards and international standards
  • Work with other institutions and teams to enable the completion of work

Learning from others  

  • Work on other sites to enable the smooth delivery of work
  • Join a Community of Practice
  • Attend conferences

Formal learning

  • Accreditation/certification from a recognised professional body
  • UCL Leadership and/or Management training 
  • Line Management training
  • Apply for training through a mid-career apprenticeship programme

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.