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Chief Financial & Operating Officer, University College Cork (UCC)

We recently managed the appointment of Chief Financial & Operating Officer to the leadership team of University College Cork (UCC). Please go to Current Opportunities to discover our latest assignments.

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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.


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 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.

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