Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: University College Cork, MUNSTER
Deadline: 06 Oct 2023

Permanent Whole Time Post

University College Cork (UCC) is a comprehensive, research-intensive University, ranked in the top 300 universities in the world. Based in Cork, Ireland, UCC has over 24,000 students and employs over 3,200 academic, professional, research and technical staff from over 100 countries.  UCC’s vision is to connect and empower people to create knowledge that shapes a sustainable and inclusive world.  Our mission is to create and sustain an inclusive environment and culture to enable transformative research and learning for the enrichment of society and stewardship of our planet.  The University’s Strategic Plan 2023-2028 – Securing our Future – is critically dependent on a number of enablers, including Operational Excellence and Resources which span across the entire strategy and are vital to its success.

The Role

UCC is seeking to appoint an exceptional leader to the newly created position of Chief Financial & Operating Officer. The appointed person will play a key role in the implementation and performance of the strategy, ensuring finance and operations are aligned with UCC’s strategic goals and evolving business needs. Reporting to the President, and as a member of the University Leadership Team, the Chief Financial & Operating Officer will drive high performance across the university and will lead the establishment of two new directorates: Commercial and Organisational Intelligence.

The Person

The successful candidate will have an outstanding track record of achievement within a relevant organisation of similar scale and complexity to UCC.  With at least 10 years’ experience at senior level, the appointed person will possess exemplary strategic planning, organisational and interpersonal skills. They will demonstrate the credibility, drive and resilience needed to enable the delivery of the university’s strategy through financial and operational excellence. With strong negotiating and influencing skills, the appointee will be capable of delivering significant change in a complex and diverse environment.

University College Cork is committed to being a fully inclusive global university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are core values under our Strategic Plan.

Further details on this position are available at:

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see   The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

UCC is working with our partners Lansdowne Executive Search to support this appointment process.

To Apply, please email a CV and supporting letter to: . For a confidential discussion, please contact: Luke Freeley, Partner, Lansdowne Executive Search at +353 (0)87 240 4889

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 6th October 2023

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

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