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Blockchain Academy Operations Manager

Business Transformation

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £33,309 to £40,927 per annum
Initial fixed term of 24 months
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 29 August 2022
Reference:  049122

The University of Surrey are seeking a dynamic and ambitious Blockchain and Metaverse Technologies leader, to act as Operations Manager within the newly-established Surrey Academy for Blockchain and Metaverse Applications. 

This role will serve to accommodate the need in educating blockchain & metaverse professionals and providing applied training courses. The Academy is to meet Industry needs by producing workplace-ready graduates.

The successful applicant will provide administrative support to Directors and engage with students and academics on campus to support blockchain-related entrepreneurship at the University. 

As well as strengthening existing collaborations and translating new relationships with the blockchain industry into partnerships to facilitate the activities of the Academy, the post holder will also take an active role in developing and maintaining relations with relevant industry partners.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Act as the key contact within the Academy for identifying, securing, and collaborating to grow new opportunities among students and academics.  
  • Support the Director of the Academy as they work to create good relationships with external stakeholders, academics, students, and business partners and maintaining relationships with existing industry partners. 
  • Develop and manage the organisation of events, workshops, seminars, pitching events and business plans competitions. 
  • Manage relations with existing partners and develop new relations. 
  • Support the Academy’s Director to organise the Advisory Board Meeting, develop key performance indicators and milestones as well as run processes to select projects and create, manage and report, progress reports. 
  • Manage the planning and delivery of all aspects of hosting events to the University of Surrey including the organising translation where required. 
  • Represent and promote the Academy externally through its website and social media channels. 
  • Ensure the Academy’s activities coordinate with Surrey Business School and the University’s activities.

In return you’ll be rewarded with a generous salary in line with University scales, yearly incremental pay rise, industry-leading pension up to 30%, 32 Days holiday + Bank Holiday, Salary Sacrifice benefits schemes and an outstanding work environment set on our vibrant campus in the leafy Surrey Countryside. 

At Surrey, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equitable opportunities for all, in the pursuit of Surrey’s vision to be a leading global University. We work together to create a truly inclusive culture. We place great value on diversity and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are seeking to increase the diversity within our community and would particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities. Appointments will always be made on merit.

This is a full-time fixed-term position. The post is being offered as two-year appointment with the possibility of an extension in time. Conditions and compensation will be at internationally competitive standards and be commensurate with the appointees’ experience.

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Professor Yu Xiong (

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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