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Director of the Grande Ecole Programme

Job purpose and main duties

The Director of the Grande Ecole Programme will report directly to the School’s Director of Programmes. S/he will be responsible for the smooth running of their programme and its performance (appeal, league table rankings and graduate employment figures). Thanks to their personality, dedication and energy, the successful candidate will be able to embrace and represent the Grande Ecole Programme and more generally the School itself.

The main duties of the Director of the Grande Ecole Programme are listed under the following 5 categories:


  • Design the overall strategy for the Grande Ecole Programme in line with the objectives identified by the Director of Programmes and the Director in charge of developing the GEM brand.

To achieve this, the Grande Ecole Programme Director is required to answer the following question: which students for which professions, which business organisations and with what promise in mind?

Organisation and delivery of the programme

  • Take responsibility for organising the programme, meeting timetable deadlines, organising the choice of modules, student and education services, … and for ensuring that a consistently high level of support and service is provided to students,
  • Guarantee the sustainability and future development of the programme through suitable financial, human and academic leadership, 
  • Organise, implement and manage the resources and means required to run a successful programme and meet its marketing promise,
  • Negotiate and manage the programme’s academic partnership agreements,
  • Supervise and coordinate all of the operational aspects of the programme,
  • Ensure that any dossiers, documents and communication of information are appropriate and of sufficient quality,
  • Update any academic rules and regulations and ensure that they are followed,
  • Take part in quality control and in ensuring that quality assurance policies and procedures are followed (accreditations and certifications).

Marketing, promotions, public relations and recruitment

  • Define and implement the national and international policy for recruiting French and overseas students (admissions tests, applications and agreements),
  • Manage the various communications, promotions and recruitment activities in France and overseas,
  • Represent the School at various admissions test meetings and events: Passerelle, BCE & SIGEM,
  • Be responsible for recruiting students and ensuring the programme fills its quotas,
  • Manage the admissions selection, admissions test and final admissions boards,
  • Undertake public relations with influencers (head teachers, teachers, parents, the press …),
  • Promote the programme to its target audience, including via social networks.

Relations with programme stakeholders

  • Manage relations with students, student representatives and the various support services involved in the smooth running of the programme (admissions, student and education services, teaching and learning, the Dean’s Office, alumni, communications …),
  • Participate in the running of support services for the programme,
  • Guarantee the effective and timely communication of information to all those concerned by the programme, 
  • Organise and supervise student governing bodies, 
  • Be in charge of developing and promoting the School’s culture, values framework and ethical principles to students.

Marketing intelligence and benchmarking

  • Ensure the continuous improvement of the programme through benchmarking activities and an analysis of feedback received from stakeholders,
  • Initiate, manage, run or participate in projects that support the development of the programme or GEM projects.

Person specification


PhD or other doctoral degree preferably obtained from an EQUIS and/or AACSB accredited institution.

Experience and essential personal qualities

  • Knowledge of the Business School environment and its specific challenges,
  • Knowledge of the French Grande Ecole model and the specific features of a Grande Ecole programme of study,
  • Knowledge of Asian higher education systems,
  • Experience of managing a programme or a highly reputed activity in an international context,
  • Service-oriented and business-focussed culture
  • Strong command of digital technologies and social networks,
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in French, in English and ideally in Chinese.

Desirable personal qualities

  • A strategic thinker and able to execute a strategy,
  • Proven leadership qualities and skills,
  • Excellent relationship-building and negotiation skills, as well as being highly persuasive in order to motivate and lead a network of multidisciplinary actors both in France and overseas,
  • Ability to take initiatives tinged with a progressive approach, in order to be able to launch new actions and develop the programme,
  • Respect for the School’s values framework (Professionalism, Involvement, Commitment, Dedication),
  • Dynamic and proactive,
  • Empathy towards others and pragmatic,
  • Service-oriented culture with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and providing a highquality end-user experience
  • Project-oriented approach; ability to take initiatives and develop a team spirit around shared objectives,
  • Rigorous, structured, good at organising others and organised
  • Creates and inspires confidence, charismatic.

The position

The position will be based in Grenoble on the School’s main campus, requiring travel in France and internationally.
Conditions and remuneration package in line with the successful candidate’s profile and experience.
Full-time management contract, with a 4-month probationary period.
The new Programme Director will be expected to take up their appointment as soon as possible.

Recruitment process

Please email your application to:

Following a series of interviews with HEADway recruitment consultants, shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend further interviews with the GEM senior management team.