Current Opportunities - Writtle University College

Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Job Title


Closing Date

Chair of Governors 15/11/2019
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 15/11/2019
Director of FEDEC 08/11/2019
Level 3 Apprentice – Yard Focused 24/10/2019


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Chair of Governors

Closing date: Friday 15th November 2019

The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the governing body and is responsible to internal and external stakeholders for its effectiveness. Along with all other governors, the Chair is a holder of public office and has ultimate and collective responsibility for all the business transacted at Writtle University College (WUC).  The Chair is expected to act as an Ambassador for WUC, to have a commitment to the institution’s values and to observe the highest standards of corporate governance in exercising their responsibilities.

The Chair has a close working relationship with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior staff.

The Chair should take particular care that all members of the Board observe the Principles of Public Life espoused by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee), embracing selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

In addition to attending meetings, the Chair will need to set aside sufficient time for the proper consideration of Board and Committee papers and for advising on business which needs to be conducted in between scheduled meetings.

The Chair will be expected to liaise regularly with the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the Board, providing support and guidance as required to the Vice-Chancellor and his executive team. He or she will also be expected to attend academic and other University College events such as the annual graduation ceremony held at Chelmsford Cathedral, inaugural lectures, awards ceremonies and other special occasions.

The Chair will be expected to undertake a thorough induction and to encourage other governors to participate in induction and ongoing training events. He or she will work with the Clerk to ensure that the Board undertakes regular reviews of its own effectiveness and will lead a robust appraisal process for governors, participating as both a reviewer and reviewee in that process.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15th November 2019

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Closing date: Friday 15th November 2019

This Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role, a senior staff role as designated in the University College Articles of Governance, is appointed by the Board of Governors.

The role is one of four senior leadership roles who collectively have responsibility for the efficient running of the University College.  The other senior leadership roles are the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Registrar and Secretary (R&Sec) and Director of Human Resources & Student Services (DoHR&SS). The University College Leadership Group (UCLG) comprises these staff plus leads for HE and FE, with other staff in attendance as necessary including the Recruitment and Marketing Manager and Head of Registry & Admissions.

The role holder is line managed by the Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to both the Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the Board of Governors. As the financial and economic adviser to the Governing Body, the role holder will ensure the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Audit Committee are informed with respect to Writtle University College’s financial health and performance.

As a mixed economy HEI, this role is required to play a central role in devising and implementing strategy, working with the Vice-Chancellor and other UCLG colleagues to ensure that there is a clear and robust leadership in place which helps Writtle University College (WUC) to achieve its strategic goals and fulfil its mission.

This role is multi-faceted in that while the main focus is to ensure the sustainable financial management of the University College, the role holder is required to be directly responsible for the following areas of work and relevant teams:

  • Finance (including Student Finance Services and procurement activity).
  • Facilities & Operations (including Amenity Landscape and Cleaning Services).
  • Farm & Estate.
  • Equine Resource Unit.
  • Health & Safety.
  • WUC Catering Contract Partnership
  • WUC Cleaning Contract Partnership.

This role holds overall responsibility for financial and related returns to Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) funding, statutory and regulatory bodies.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 15th November 2019. 

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Director of FEDEC

Closing date: Friday 8th November 2019

With the impending retirement of the current post holder an opportunity has arisen for a capable and professional manager to co-ordinate the activities of FEDEC - The Federation of Essex Colleges, commencing on 1st January 2020.

FEDEC represents nine Essex colleges - six of which are designated as General Further Education (FE) Colleges, one a Sixth Form College, one Adult and Community College, and one land based college which is a specialist Higher Education Institution with significant FE provision. The Colleges provide training and education for all employment sectors and for students aged from 16 years to adult.

You will understand the role and responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Authorities and actively promote the work of the colleges to stakeholders, whilst planning and organising a range of meetings in this role.

You will hold qualifications to at least NVQ level 4 or equivalent along with having experience of representing an organisation/group both locally and regionally.

Having knowledge of the Education Sector and FE specifically is essential, including knowledge of funding agencies.

With a professional approach, being self-driven and working effectively on your own initiative you will have the ability to travel to a range of venues working flexibly in supporting the aims of the FEDEC Principals’ Group.

This appointment will be on self-employed basis for 450 hours per year plus travel expenses. 

If you would like to find out more please go to the Federation of Essex Colleges website where you will find a role specification and instructions on how to apply for this post.

The closing date for applications is: 8th November 2019.

Interviews are currently scheduled for the mornings of Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November in Chelmsford.

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Level 3 Apprentice – Yard Focused

Closing date: Thursday 24th October 2019

Salary will be in line with National Minimum Wage
Full time, 37 hours per week (20% of time to be dedicated to training)
Fixed term for 2 years to enable completion of Apprenticeship Programme

Foster excellence, work together and deliver results! Are these qualities in your toolkit? Then we want to hear from you! We have a range of exciting opportunities at our Equine Resource Unit and we are looking for dynamic individuals to enhance our student experience, ensuring we maintain high quality standards and student satisfaction rates.

Following on a £2million investment, all of Writtle University College’s equine facilities have been brought onto one site at our Cow Watering Campus, which is now a central hub for equine teaching and research, boasting the latest in scientific technologies. 

Facilities at the Equine Training and Development Centre consist of an oval horse walker, DIY Stabling, Equine Academy, therapy barns, equine water treadmill, solariums and outdoor and indoor riding arenas. These facilities have been added to following the completion of a purpose built stud unit in 2018, which comprise of an indoor ménage, a teasing and collection area, stock room, sitting up room, laboratory, Monarch stabling and youngstock barns.

Writtle University College also has a fantastic track record in equine breeding. The Stud won a British Eventing Breeders Medal this year for the leading British-bred horse in the Eventing Five Year Old Championships. The Stud also produced the Reserve Champion showjumper at the British Equestrian Federations Futurity Championships in 2017, along with breeding an Elite graded colt at this year’s Futurity. 

The investment enhances the student experience by enabling all practical sessions to be carried out in one space, whether its used for breeding youngstock, the therapy units or the riding facilities. 

Would you like to contribute to the day-to-day running of our Equine Resource Unit and work alongside our new professional yard management team while learning on the job? If so, please see our current opportunities available!

We have an exciting opportunity, designed as an entry level role in to the Equine Profession. The apprenticeship will be based at the University College, along with the training element. 

The role will be based at our Cow Watering Campus, working closely with the Equine team. You will assist the Equine Resource Manager with the day-to-day running of the Equine Resource Unit, with a specific focus on the Yard, whilst achieving a Level 3 qualification.

To be successful, you will have a desire to work within the Equine industry and hold a minimum of 5 GCSE’s including English and Maths at grade 4/C and above, along with a work based level 2 NVQ or equivalent.

For an application pack, please email: or call the Human Resources Department on 01245 424208.

Interview date: 06.11.2019

Writtle University College strives to be an Equal Opportunities employer. All applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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