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Associate Dean - Accounting & Finance

About Us

GBS is a higher education provider offering a range of industry-focused courses across seven campuses in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds. We work in partnership with several leading UK universities to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in business, management, tourism, accounting, and finance, and more. We aim to help students thrive in today’s competitive job market – offering excellent links to employers and a focus on one-to-one academic and career guidance. We take an inclusive approach to recruiting students, with an aim to widening access to higher education among groups currently under-represented in the sector. We believe that education is transformational. Our vision is to change lives through education that makes a fundamental difference to living standards and access to learning.

The role

We are looking for an Associate Dean (AD) to lead the Accounting and Financial Management subject, programme, staff, and students. The Associate Dean will ensure, on a day-to-day basis, that the team delivers excellent student experience, teaching of the highest academic standard, and outstanding student support. The AD will also be responsible for building and developing the subject team, managing, and supporting lecturers and programme administrators, planning the delivery of teaching and related activities, working closely with our partners, liaising with professional and accreditation bodies, monitoring quality and student engagement, and achieving KPIs.

As a key member of the Institution’s leadership team, the AD will provide strong leadership and management to ensure all programmes meet their benchmark metrics. The AD will make a significant contribution to the delivery of GBS’s Strategic Plan, Mission and Vision.


  • To provide leadership and management for higher education programmes validated by our collaborative partners and offered at GBS campuses in London, Birmingham, Manchester and a new campus opening in Leeds in September.
  • To ensure that our collaborative partnership thrives and furthers the objectives and aims of GBS strategic planning, including implementation of our learning and teaching strategy across all levels and all course offerings.
  • To ensure GBS maintains the highest academic standards and student-centred learning environment enabling our students to meet their educational and professional goals.
  • To manage the collaborative partnerships strategically in order to meet key performance indicators set for student attendance, student retention, student progression and student achievement.
Appointment Type
Job Type
Full Time/Part Time
55K - 65K
Ref No

Main Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide leadership to all staff involved with the delivery of GBS. This includes managing all Programme Leaders, Programme Managers, Module Leaders, teaching staff and professional services staff.
  • To promote and further enhance the highest quality learning experience for GBS students on our collaborative programmes.
  • To manage on a day-to-day basis the operation of the programmes delivered across the GBS campuses in London, Birmingham and Manchester, including travel to all campuses and collaborative partner sites.
  • To ensure that students’ experience the highest quality teaching and learning, pastoral support and careers advice.
  • To ensure that academic standards are met through the assessment process and that the marking criteria of our collaborative partners are consistently met by all teaching staff involved in the assessment of students.
  • To be responsible for reports for GBS academic governance structures, partnership meetings, including quality reports to all stakeholders.
  • To ensure that the quality assurance and quality enhancement requirements of the collaborative partnership are fully adhered to and implemented across all programmes.
  • To liaise and act as a key point of contact with staff at partner institutions, including the Link Tutors and Partnership Managers.
  • To attend all partnership meetings and to ensure that reports for these meetings are produced in a timely manner and to the highest standards.
  • To ensure that staff and students make full use of the learning resources provided by GBS.
  • To deal with student issues in a timely and professional manner using the appropriate policies and procedures.
  • To contribute to the efficient and effective use of resources provided by GBS across its campuses.
  • To undertake other such duties and responsibilities in the spirit of the role of Associate Dean.

 Reporting Lines

  • The Associate Dean reports to the Dean.
  • The Associate Dean formally line manages academic and professional services staff involved with the delivery and support of the programmes awarded by Canterbury Christchurch University

 Liaison with GBS Staff and External to GBS

  • The Associate Dean liaises with key staff at GBS including the CEO, Dean, Quality Director, Registrar, Director of Operations, Quality Manager, other Associate Deans, as required.

Please note: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK. Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Some posts within the GBS are subject to a DBS check - you will be notified of this during the application process.

GBS is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religion or belief.



  • Applicants should have good subject background in accounting and financial management, hold appropriate qualification, and demonstrate substantial experience as an academic team leader and manager.
  • A professional approach with integrity at all times
  • Leadership and line management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an enthusiastic approach
  • Experience of programme management
  • Experience of upholding academic standards and enhancing the student learning experience
  • Experience of working in partnership with universities and other higher education related organisations
  • Knowledge and understanding of implementing internal quality assurance systems and external quality assurance, including the QAA and Office for Students.
  • Good honours degree and Master’s degree
  • Recognised teaching qualification, for example, with the HEA


  • Understanding of subject Professional body requirements and standards such as ACCA and CIMA.
  • Experience of quality assurance reviews, for example the QAA
  • External examining at UK universities and other higher education providers
  • PhD and research publications
  • Senior leadership experience of leading through a period of significant change