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Head of Education Reform - Cambridge University, Dubai

Job description:

Cambridge Partnership for Education (CPE) works with Ministries of Education and other organisations around the world to improve their education systems through coherent reform strategies. We have an exciting new opening for a Head of Education Reform role in the United Arab Emirates (or Egypt) to join our business development team as we expand and create new workflows and processes.

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.

About the role

As the Head of Education Reform, you will lead on the identification and development of new opportunities in the Middle East and Africa. You will be responsible for Cambridge based sales teams to win new business and to maximise the value from existing customers, delivering growth for CPE and a great experience and outcome for Cambridge customers and the societies that they represent.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced senior business development professional, with experience in the government sector, who is interested in playing a key role in connecting with our key business executives and stakeholders.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and do have significant government experience working at the highest level, please take a look at the attached job description for more information.

About you

This role is a high-profile position dealing with senior dignitaries, government officials, Ministries of Education, and other international organisations so experience working in an international market would be highly valuable.

You will have an understanding and experience of curriculum and assessment in education with experience working in a publishing or teaching environment.

As the Head of Education Reform, you will also bring a strong commercial acumen, capable of creating and maintaining great customer relationships at the highest level to the role.

The successful candidate will have experience in team development and will have experience in financial reporting, pipeline, and forecasting.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity and what will make you successful, please see the full job description attached to the bottom of this vacancy on our careers site.

Rewards and benefits

We will support you to be at your best in work and to live well outside of it. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a world-class, flexible rewards package, featuring family-friendly and planet-friendly benefits.

We are a hybrid working organisation, and we offer a range of flexible working options from day one. We expect most hybrid-working colleagues to spend 40-60% of their time at their dedicated office or location. We will also consider other work arrangements if you wish to work more flexibly or require adjustments due to a disability.

Ready to pursue your potential? Apply now.

We review applications on an ongoing basis, with a closing date for all application being 3rd November 2023, but will be reviewing applications throughout the campaign and interviews are scheduled at the week commencing 6th November 2023.

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS due to working in a regulated industry.

Why join us

Joining us is your opportunity to pursue potential. You'll belong to a collaborative team that's exploring new and better ways to serve students, teachers and researchers across the globe – for the benefit of individuals, society and the world. Sharing our mission will inspire your own growth, development and progress, in an environment which embraces difference, change and aspiration.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where everyone has a voice, and where we learn continuously to improve together. Ensuring that everyone feels they belong is essential to who we are, and to the contribution we make to society and our planet.

We believe better outcomes come through diversity of thought, background and approach. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities, actively seeking to employ people from a wide range of different communities.

Location: Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates
Business Unit: Cambridge International
Vacancy Type: Permanent

We will support you to be at your best at work, helping you to pursue your full potential.
Our combination of world-class benefits combine pay, progression, and career development, designed to be inclusive and appealing, no matter where you are in your career.

We also offer useful discounts to reduce everyday household costs as well as bigger budget items or treats.

What we offer is different in our nearly 50 different office locations around the world, but our UK benefits are listed below.

If you are interested in a vacancy elsewhere in the world, please ask our recruitment specialists, whose names can be found on our job adverts for details of the benefits in your location.

Key benefits
  • 28 days paid holiday
  • A contributory pension matched up to 9%
  • Life cover
  • Long-term sick cover

Help with everyday costs

  • Generously subsidised on-site catering
  • Free on-site gym and wellbeing centre
  • Discounted fees to use at the University of Cambridge Sport Centre and a number of other local gyms
  • Discount portal and cashback at more than 2,500 retailers

Family friendly

  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • Wellbeing programme and employee assistance programme offering 24/7 support and advice for you and your family
  • Access to workplace nurseries and enhanced family leave from day one

Planet friendly

  • Pedal / electric bicycle pool for colleagues to use during office hours (central Cambridge only)
  • Cycle to work scheme, allowing you to buy a bike or equipment with nearly 50% off
  • Green travel loan and season ticket discounts
  • Low emissions car hire purchase scheme through salary exchange


  • Financial, physical and mental wellbeing support for you and your family
  • Competitive private healthcare plans for you and at a discounted rate for your family
  • Continuous professional development, from short courses to industry certifications and qualifications
  • Clear career paths linked to pay progression
Additional Requirements
  • Experience of curriculum
  • Assessment in education
  • Experience working in a publishing or teaching environment.

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