Job reference: 002579
Salary: £35,423 - £43,337 (pro-rata)
Closing date: 28/01/2024
Department: M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries
Location: Remote (see advert for details)
Employment type: Open ended -part-time
Sub-Department: M25 Support Team
Hours Per Week: 21 (days worked to be determined with line manager, but must include Fridays)

Job Description

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries is a regional collaboration of libraries in London, the East and South East of England.  The Consortium has 57 member institutions, comprising Higher Education, national, museum and other scholarly libraries. Its aim is to provide services and resources for the benefit of library staff, learners, and researchers.  The M25 Consortium is committed to improving library services through collaboration.

The post holder will be employed by the University of London and seconded to the M25 Consortium.

The University of London is a leading UK provider of distance and digital education internationally, offering programmes to 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. Although proudly rooted in London, our community and impact are global.  The University is also a federation of 17 world class higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of our ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines.

The Role - M25 Operations Manager

The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries is seeking an Operations Manager to lead and manage the Consortium’s support team consisting of 2 x 0.6FTE Administrators, working closely with the Consortium Chair, Trustees and Steering group to implement the Consortium’s objectives, promote the work and activities of the Consortium, and engage and serve the Consortium membership. Key responsibilities include servicing meetings, organising annual events and budget planning.

We are looking for a suitably experienced individual who will take forward initiatives and projects, promote the work and activities of the Consortium, and serve the Consortium membership by working through groups and projects and engaging with the membership at all levels.

To succeed in this role you will need to have a sound understanding of the current issues in academic or scholarly library sector and/or relevant experience of working for a membership organisation. You will be a confident, friendly communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and encourage their engagement in the M25 Consortium's programmes.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing their own schedule and will need to set priorities within the Support Team and manage workloads accordingly to meet multiple deadlines. You will be adept and confident at working with minimal supervision.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with Consortium staff, library directors and other library staff. The ability to communicate, using various media, with a range of stakeholders is crucial to success in this role.

For more information please refer to enclosed job description and person specification. For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact David Archer (Chair of the M25 Consortium) at to arrange a call.

Further information

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application (by clicking ‘apply for job’ at the bottom of this page) before the closing date at midnight on Sunday 28th January 2024.

The University will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.

The University reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the published end date should it receive sufficient applications to warrant earlier shortlisting

Preferential consideration will be given to the University redeployment pool.

The Consortium does not have a physical office space and the ‘place of work’ for all M25 Consortium staff is home-based.  Suitable IT equipment and furniture are provided.  This role will require occasional travel, primarily in the South East region for meetings and other Consortium events.

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented at all levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description. 

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