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Professor in Operations Management

About Southampton Business School

Southampton Business School (SBS) is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton, a top 100 University in the world, ranked 78th (QS), and a founding member of the Russell Group Universities. SBS hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. It has grown substantially in breadth and size in the recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SBS academics conduct cutting edge research and publish consistently in world-class journals. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks 34th (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is now ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th (REF2021) in the UK. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investments in people and relocation to a state of art business building.

Building on this success, in July 2022, the School secured the 5-year re-accreditation of the MBA programme by AMBA which is ranked 13th in the UK (QS data) on top of the AACSB accreditation secured in 2021. A member of the UNPRM, the school was recently awarded the CABS Small Business Charter in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for business.  In 2019, our Placement Team was recognised as the best in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the student experience, with the team remaining in the top 5 since, validating our focus and efforts on learner success. Recently our accounting & finance students were recognised as the global winner in the 2022 Bloomberg challenge demonstrating our commitment to excellence. We value our relationship with our global network of alumni, who are successful leaders and entrepreneurs and members of our engaged community of academics, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our research underpins our enterprise and educational activities. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 15 professional bodies we aim to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of our activities is our triple helix model whereby our research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience. We hope you will be considering applying for one of the Professorships to join a very inclusive and diverse team of talented colleagues and contribute to our impactful activities.


About the Department of Decision Analytics and Risk

The Department of Decision Analytics and Risk is a leading authority in operations, behavioural operations, management science, risk, and analytics, realised and delivered through research, education, and enterprise. Our strengths have been recognised by QS being in the Top 50 Universities in terms of Operational Research and Statistics in the world and top 10 in the UK.

The Department of Decision Analytics and Risk is one of the oldest departments in the Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department has contributed with four impact cases towards the Research and Excellence Framework 2021, this is 50% of all impact cases submitted by the Southampton Business School. The Southampton Business School was ranked 14th in the United Kingdom for Research Impact, with 64% of the impact cases ranked as world leading and 28% of the impact cases raked as internationally excellent.  The Department’s vision is to be a thought leader in innovations that have significant impact on organisations and society in the areas of operations, risk, analytics and management science. Our department is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, highly interdisciplinary, collegial, and determined to apply our research, with the global aim of making our society more sustainable.  The Department consists of more than 40 members with a successful track in research funding and enterprise engagement, publications in top international journals and active scholarship. The Department runs six Postgraduate Teaching programmes and one Undergraduate programme. The postgraduate programmes’ portfolio includes Master of Science in operations, management science, risk, and analytics. In addition, the department runs the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Analytics. The Department aims to develop business leaders and business analysts with the competence and character to make a real difference to the society and to be active citizens in our community. We educate students with tools and processes to, with humility, help businesses and society address some of the world’s most challenging issues faced by a rapidly changing environment.

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About you

As Professor you will play a central role in leading the research agenda in Operations Management. You will bring to the role a strong professional reputation, including a sustained record of world leading research and thought leadership, through a sustained publication record in world leading international academic journals. You will have experience in leading major funding bids, setting up and managing the resources needed to deliver the research plan. You will act as a leader and ambassador for us across management, knowledge exchange/ enterprise or other engagement activities.

You will be an experienced educator with proven track record of high-quality teaching, able to lead in the development of education policy and practice and able to design and develop courses and programmes at all level (UG, MSc and MBA Level). You will be an experienced researcher able to supervise doctoral students (PhD and DBA programmes).

You will have a strong research vision and leadership skills. Your leadership skills will be evident, whether through your research, education or having held a leadership role.  You will have proved your ability to innovate and engage to inspire students and colleagues alike, helping to build a strong academic community.

You will play a leading role in the implementation of the strategy of the Southampton Business School and   Department of Decision Analytics & Risk strategy. We expect you to make strong leadership contributions towards the implementation of the University of Southampton Triple Helix approach ( You are expected to lead others in the implementation of this strategy.

The successful candidate will play a role in the leadership of the Operations Projects Purchasing & Supply (OPPS) group within the Department of Decision Analytics and Risk. OPPS strength is its focus on sustainability, operations, supply chain and project management using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.


What we can offer you

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for teaching duties, we are open to a hybrid approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly.  There could be flexibility in the number of working hours, whereby we encourage applicants to engage in discussion. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter, we hold an institutional Silver award.

We also offer additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts.

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.


We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

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