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Programme Director in Law and Finance


Social Sciences


Saïd Business School and Law Faculty

Grade and salary

RSIV – Not less than £100k p.a.


Full time

Contract type


Reporting to

Professor Tim Jenkinson, Saïd Business School
The Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Closing Date

14th December 2012

Vacancy reference


Overview of the post

The Programme Director in Law and Finance will be an international research leader in the field of Law and Finance, and be willing and able to teach finance courses across the range of degree programmes and executive education offered by the Saïd Business School.

The appointee will be responsible for establishing a programme of research in Law and Finance (the ‘Programme’) at Oxford. Fulfilling this responsibility will involve demonstrating research leadership in developing a new and exciting area of cross-disciplinary research. The appointee should have a world-class track record in research, and the vision and management capability to develop a major programme of research.  This will involve initiating grant funding, overseeing research and administrative personnel, facilitating interaction through seminars and conferences, and overseeing a research dissemination strategy that targets both academic and policy-oriented audiences. The appointee will also be expected to enrich the research environments at both the Saïd Business School and the Faculty of Law as well as effectively teach master's level finance courses in the Saïd Business School. The teaching load is moderate. Salary will be competitive relative to senior-level appointments in finance, and will not be less than £100k. Proven academic distinction can be recognised by the University by the award of the title of Professor.
The Programme will focus on governance of financial and industrial firms and financial regulation.  It will encompass a number of existing Oxford initiatives in law and finance, including the Law and Finance seminar series, and interlink with the highly successful MSc in Law and Finance. The Programme Director will hold an appointment in the Finance Group at the Saïd Business School but will also be a member of the Law Faculty, and consequently must be capable of supervising interdisciplinary Law and Finance doctoral students.
Main duties and responsibilities

  1. To undertake research of a quality suitable for publication in the very top finance journals. It is expected that the successful candidate will have an established research interest at the interface of Law and Finance.

  2. To initiate grant applications and lead research teams.

  3. To lead and manage a research group of faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students.

  4. To contribute to the intellectual leadership of the Business School’s academic community as a whole, providing direction and mentoring for less experienced colleagues.

  5. To undertake teaching at graduate, undergraduate and executive level in finance as directed by the Head of the Finance group at the Saïd Business School, within a normal stint of 288 teaching points.

  6. To provide academic supervision for research students.

  7. To contribute to the general academic and administrative work of the Saïd Business School and the Law Faculty in a cooperative and collegial way.

Person specification
Applications will be judged only against the criteria that are set out below. Applicants should make sure that their application shows very clearly how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria.
Oxford is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions, and unsuccessful applicants may request feedback against the published selection criteria for the specific post. (We are, however, unable to provide general advice about the suitability of applicants’ cvs for future vacancies in Oxford or elsewhere.) Chairs of selection committees will be aware of the principles of equality of opportunity and fair selection and there will be a member of each gender wherever possible.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  1. Leading authority in the field of Law and Finance with considerable international distinction at professorial level.

  2. Ability and willingness to take a strategic lead in the development of research and teaching in Law and Finance.

  3. Significant experience of developing, delivering, and managing successful research programmes.

  4. Proven track record of successful research funding applications and significant experience of managing research grants.

  5. Excellent publication record in finance, with an impact on practice and/or policy.

  6. Ability to teach effectively at graduate, undergraduate and executive education level.

  7. A willingness to contribute in a collegial, supportive manner to the work of the Finance Group.

Essential Information for Applicants
General Conditions

The appointment will be on a RSIV Grade and the starting salary of the successful candidate will be fixed according to experience. The appointment will be subject to a twelve-month probationary period. The appointment of the nominated candidate will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical questionnaire.

The policy and practice of the University of Oxford require that all staff are afforded equal opportunities within employment and that entry into employment with the University and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. Subject to statutory provisions, no applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of his or her sex, marital status, sexual orientation, racial group, disability or age.
Applicants should have evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK. Where applicants would require a work visa if appointed to the post, they are asked to note that under the UK’s new points-based migration system they will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient points, and in particular that:
(i) They have sufficient English language skills (evidenced by having passed a test in basic English, or coming from a majority English-speaking country, or having taken a degree taught in English)
(ii) That they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and any dependents until they receive their first salary payment
Further information is available at:
Working at the University of Oxford

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How to apply

All data supplied by applicants will be used only for the purposes of determining their suitability1 for the post and will be held in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the University’s Data Protection Policy.

Please send your application to by the closing date. Your application should include the following:

  • a curriculum vitae;

  • a covering letter explaining how you meet the eligibility and selection criteria for the appointment;

  • a list of principal publications;

  • three academic references to be forwarded directly by the applicant’s referees to
All applications will be acknowledged after receipt and will be considered by the selection committee as soon as possible after the closing date. Where suitably qualified individuals are available, selection committees will contain at least one member of each sex. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and will be asked to give a short presentation to the committee as part of the interview.
The University
The University of Oxford aims to sustain excellence in every area of its teaching and research, and to maintain and develop its position as a leader amongst world-class universities. Placing an equally high value on research and on teaching, the colleges, departments and faculties of Oxford aspire both to lead the international research agenda and to offer a unique and exceptional education to our undergraduate and graduate students.
Oxford’s self-governing community of scholars includes university professors, readers, lecturers, college tutors, senior and junior research fellows and over 2,500 other university research staff. The University aims to provide facilities and support for colleagues to pursue innovative research and outstanding teaching, by responding to developments in the intellectual environment and society at large, and by forging close links with the wider academic world, the professions, industry and commerce. The Strategic Plan, detailing strategy for the period 2008-13, can be found at
Research at Oxford combines disciplinary depth with an increasing focus on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities addressing a rich and diverse range of issues, from deciphering ancient texts and inscriptions using modern scientific and computational methods developed in Oxford, through to global health, climate change, ageing, energy and the effects on our world of rapid technological change.
Oxford seeks to admit undergraduate students with the intellectual potential to benefit fully from the college tutorial system and small group learning to which Oxford is deeply committed. Meeting in small groups with their tutor, undergraduates are exposed to rigorous scholarly challenge and learn to develop their critical thinking, their ability to articulate their views with clarity, and their personal and intellectual confidence. They receive a high level of personal attention from leading academics.
Oxford has a strong postgraduate student body which now numbers about 7,000, well over a third of the full-time students. Postgraduates are attracted to Oxford by the international standing of the faculty, by the rigorous intellectual training on offer, by the excellent research and laboratory facilities available, and by the resources of the museums and libraries, including one of the world’s greatest libraries, the Bodleian. For more information, please visit
The Social Science Division

Social Sciences is one of four academic Divisions in the University, each with considerable devolved budgetary and financial authority; and responsibility for providing a broad strategic focus across its constituent disciplines. Thirteen departments, one faculty, and three cross-divisional research units come under the aegis of the division which spans the full range of social science disciplines with links into the humanities and physical sciences (including Law, Management, Economics, Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Social Policy, Area Studies, Development Studies, Education, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, Public Policy). There are over 700 academic staff, 2,700 graduate students (postgraduate taught and postgraduate research), and 1900 undergraduates working and studying in the division.

The division is established as a world-leading centre for research in the social sciences and regularly sits at the highest levels of international league tables of one form or another. It is the largest grouping of social science disciplines in the UK and it is also home to several of Oxford’s most widely recognised teaching programmes, such as PPE, the BCL, the MPhils in International Relations, in Economics, and in Development Studies, and the nationally regarded PGCE. We believe that excellence in teaching and research is synergistic and remain committed to sustaining and developing the high quality of our activities in both these areas. Our departments are committed to research which develops a greater understanding of all aspects of society, from the impact of political, legal and economic systems on social and economic welfare to human rights and security. That research is disseminated through innovative graduate programmes and enhances undergraduate courses. For more information, please visit:
Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is a full service business school and one of Europe’s newest and fastest growing business schools. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and economics, entrepreneurship, strategy and international business, and business in society. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research into the nature of business, and the role of business in the wider society. In addition, a wholly-owned subsidiary company (Oxford Saïd Business School Limited) runs customised executive education programmes for corporate clients. Within the Saïd Business School, the faculty are organised into three broad academic groups and Finance falls within the FAME (Finance, Accounting, Management Science and Economics) group. For more information about Finance at Oxford in both Law and the Saïd Business School, please see

Research in the Saïd Business School

Since its inception, the School has promoted a stimulating research environment and now has several major academic areas and research centres. The School has moved rapidly to create a research capability that establishes it as one of the leading research-focused business schools in the world.

The principle behind the development of research in the Business School is that it integrates management functions with practice and policy. The School is organised around three Academic Areas (i.e. teaching and research groups) and nine Research Centres. The three Academic Areas are Finance, Accounting, Management Science and Economics (FAME); Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management and Science and Technology (TOPOS); and Strategy, Innovation and Marketing (SIM).
The Research Centres operate across traditional functional areas and are concerned with specific policy issues (e.g. social entrepreneurship and taxation), management issues (e.g. corporate reputation), or economic sectors (e.g. professional service firms). These include the BT Centre for Major Programme Management, Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms, Complex Agent-Based Dynamic Networks (CABDyN), Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Oxford Finance Research Centre, Oxford Institute of Retail Management, Centre for Business Taxation, Centre for Corporate Reputation, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. The combination of Academic Areas and Research Centres allows research to have a rigorous disciplinary foundation while ensuring its relevance to practice and policy.
Teaching in the Saïd Business School

At the undergraduate level, all degrees are joint with other disciplines. Currently the School offers three undergraduate degrees. These are the Honour Schools of Engineering, Economics and Management (EEM), of Materials, Economics and Management (MEM), and of Economics and Management (E & M).

EEM and MEM are four-year courses. There are currently over 150 students on the two courses. A particularly important aspect of these degrees is the direct experience of industry that they offer. E & M is a three-year degree. After a compulsory first year, students are provided with a wide range of possible combinations of Economics and Management subjects. About 80 students per annum are now admitted on to this programme, which is one of the most popular in Oxford.
At the postgraduate level, the School runs an MBA programme with about 250 students each year. This is a one-year programme spanning a full 12-month period from the beginning of October until the end of September. An Executive MBA is also offered. This is delivered on part-time basis over two years; around 50 students are admitted annually. The School also runs an MSc in Financial Economics together with the Department of Economics. In addition, an MSc in Law and Finance was launched in October 2010. This full-time, ten-month programme, taught jointly with the Faculty of Law, offers students with a prior background in law the chance to develop an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of relevant economic and financial contexts, and combines a highly analytic academic core with tailor-made practical applications derived from continuing collaboration with professional and regulatory organisations.

The School has a large group of approximately fifty doctoral students, each with one or two supervisors, spread across all academic areas of the School. DPhil students take between three and four years to complete the DPhil and take either a management or finance route. For more information about our current DPhil students and their research topics, please see:

The School has a well-established executive education business which is core to its activities. Programmes offer individuals and organisations access to innovative teaching, and cutting-edge, internationally relevant research, and a focus on personal development. The School is highly regarded for the quality of its customised programmes and has an extensive portfolio of open programmes. Its faculty play a key role in the design and delivery of these programmes, which are increasingly delivered in international locations.
Premises and facilities of the Saïd Business School

The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, purpose-built business schools in the world, designed by the leading architectural practice, Dixon Jones. Facilities include four state-of-the-art horseshoe style lecture theatres, a 300-seat theatre (opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002) to cater for larger scale lectures and a wealth of social spaces.

A new building has just opened, also designed by Dixon Jones. It will provide additional facilities enabling the School to continue to expand its activities. The School has a second site at Egrove Park, where much of its executive education is currently delivered.

1 If the person appointed to the post is a migrant sponsored under the UK’s points-based migration system, we are required to retain the applications of all shortlisted candidates for the duration of the sponsorship or for one year, whichever is the shorter.

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