Executive Recruitment


Thank you for your interest in the role of the Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) at the University of Edinburgh.

We are one of the leading academic institutions in the world, offering an exciting, positive, creative and rewarding place to work.  At the forefront of international research and with a focus on high-quality teaching and student support, we have grown and developed significantly in recent years, and are consistently rated as one of the world’s best universities.

At a time of huge change and opportunity within the higher education sector, this is an excellent time to join us as our new Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events. This role will sit at the heart of delivering quality services to staff, students and external visitors that are critical to the future plans of the wider University and the successful delivery of Strategy 2030 which the University launched in autumn 2019, with a focus on four key areas: People, Research, Teaching and Learning, and Social and Civic Responsibility.

This is one of the most exciting and important professional roles within the University sector, responsible for the largest portfolio of student and staff accommodation in the UK. In addition to three university hotels, which operate throughout the year, much of the student accommodation is transformed into Edinburgh’s largest hotel over the summer period. The post holder will also be in charge of the majority of catering, and all-day nursery provision across the University’s five principal campus locations.

Furthermore, the Director will look after the conferences, and core events across the University campuses and engaging with wider City stakeholders on events as required. Responsibility for the University’s involvement in the wide variety of Edinburgh Festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe when over 1 million visitors arrive on the campus each August, will also fall under this post’s remit.

This exciting position will be attractive to an innovative and experienced senior leader, with significant commercial skills and financial awareness. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of running a large and complex business area and managing and motivating staff.

This site contains detailed information about the qualities we seek in our next Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events at the University of Edinburgh, as well as helpful background about the University, the city and the department itself.

Thank you again for your interest.

Hugh Edmiston
Vice-Principal Business Development and Director of Corporate Services

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