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Domestic Bursar

Salary & benefits appropriate to an educational charity

Oriel College is looking for a permanent Domestic Bursar. You will lead a highly engaged and talented team delivering our College operations.  We are looking for an experienced professional who understands what would enthuse and engage our important support staff. You would lead that collective expertise to develop our ways of working to deliver a College environment which truly supports our academic mission.

Oriel College wants to create the best environment for its community to flourish and that will require strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with an enthusiasm for, and sensitivity to, our higher education context.

Reporting to the Treasurer, you will join as a key member of her senior management team, working closely with colleagues to deliver an integrated operation. Your own team of five direct reports manages over 120 staff across a range of functions including accommodation, catering, security, conferences & events, grounds and gardens.  All these areas drive revenue and cost and a keen eye for opportunities in both will be a defining part of this role. You will also be comfortable taking the lead on the senior management team in a number of compliance areas.

This is a broad, senior and important role that will appeal to a candidate who is energetic, commercial, people focussed and enjoys working closely with colleagues to solve problems and develop modern operations in a traditional setting.  Current exciting developments of note include the delivery of a major project to renew the kitchen facilities, which is well underway. Careful and thoughtful domestic operations planning by the interim Domestic Bursar has put us in a good position to ensure the comprehensive delivery of this project with new kitchens in operation by October 2024. We are also in the planning stage for our 700th anniversary in 2026 where the Domestic Bursar’s team will play a central role in designing and delivering our celebrations.

Applications are invited from senior operational and hospitality professionals  with a broad range of up-to-date experience and knowledge.  Previous experience in an academic institution is not essential and applicants may come from a wide range of backgrounds. If this sounds like you, and you are ready to bring energy and enthusiasm to a satisfying and rewarding role, please get in touch.

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The closing date for applications is 9am (UK time) on Monday 23rd October 2023.

The full job description and information about benefits can be found below.

How to Apply

Please apply by email to our retained consultant, David Richards of OCT Associates (

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity before deciding whether to apply, you are strongly encouraged to contact David to arrange a time for a phone conversation.

In your covering letter, please give details of any days on which you would not be available for interview within the periods set out below.

Though not mandatory, we also ask you to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, available for download separately.  This form is for monitoring purposes only.  It will be kept separately from the rest of your application and will not be seen by the panel involved in short-listing or selection decisions.

Since we will correspond with you by email and phone, please ensure that you provide us with an email address and phone numbers that you are happy for us to use for this purpose.  Please provide a mobile phone contact if possible.


The closing date for applications will be Monday 23rd October (09.00 UK time).  Late applications may not be considered.

Since we reserve the right to start discussions with strong candidates ahead of the closing date you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible. We also reserve the right to approach further candidates after the closing date should this be necessary to broaden the field for selection.