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Vice-President Of The Executive Board

Job description

Against this backdrop of ambition and transformation, we are looking for a Vice-President who is able to co-lead a large professional organisation. We expect inspiring leadership and strategic action, aimed at energising the organisation, fostering collaboration with university stakeholders, and strengthening the position of UT further. A solid background in leadership has equipped you to lead our internal organisation, as well as to manage ongoing changes in our central services in the context of digital transformation. You will operate as a full collegial partner on the Executive Board and as a counterpart to the University Council. You are familiar with an academic environment or have affinity with knowledge-intensive organisations, and you command functional expertise in vital areas discussed in the Competences section.


Within the collegial board, the Vice-President is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the general business policy of our University. Key themes are digital transformation, campus development related to the development of Kennispark Twente, and flexibility in operations support. More specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Co-ordination of the policy cycle involving all relevant stakeholders. Here, our ambition is to enhance the connection between the strategic ambitions, as described in Shaping2030, to services, finance, and personnel development, and to encourage crossovers and entrepreneurship;
  • Leading and encouraging the digital transformation and hybrid way of working at UT;
  • Housing and Real Estate, including strengthening the campus as a unique asset for our UT community and for Kennispark Twente;
  • Strengthening ties with regional and national networks to bolster the position of UT (VSNU, 4TU, ministries, etc.).

Your profile

Igniter, manager and leader of change

As the new Vice-President, you have what it takes to lead the immense changes which our University is going through, in order to fulfil the ambitions that we have laid out in Shaping2030. You are skilled in presenting required changes with clarity and conviction, and in a way that inspires and emboldens people around you to move ahead.

Team player with personality

You have a distinctive personality, and are an influencer of developments and people. You proactively seek collaboration with colleagues within the organisation (faculties, institutes, services) and with key external stakeholders. You always place the organisation's interests above individual interests, and know how to inspire people to raise our organisation to a higher level.


You inspire people and teams across the organisation to perform well, while continuously raising the bar for yourself and the organisation. You are creative in improving ways of working, while your attention for the wellbeing of staff and students never slackens.

Expert in managing and governing

You have functional competencies in the field of governance processes, controlling, risk management and finance. Preferably, you also have experience in the management of ICT.



In principle, you are available for the vice-presidency for two four-year periods of office.


UT is established on a thriving and inspiring campus in Enschede, in the scenic Dutch region of Twente.

Our offer

We refer to the complete brochure.

Information and application

The Supervisory Board of UT has simultaneously advertised this pivotal vacancy internally and externally. It is being assisted in this procedure by Holtrop Ravesloot. Prospective applicants are requested to send a letter and their current CV to reacties@holtropravesloot.nl by March, 7th, 2021.

Please do not use the application link ‘apply now’ below.

All applications will be treated confidentially.

For more information, you can call Holtrop Ravesloot, Gerard Knol +31 20-6470201.


About the organization

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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