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Head of Talent and Development

Michael Page Human Resources
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
£78192 - £90387 per annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2022

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Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
HR Director
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Job Details

The Head of Talent and Development will work within a talented and ambitious team to support the creation of an environment that recognises and rewards hard working individuals and teams, as well as nurturing and developing talent for the future!

The role will be an influential member of the senior leadership team within People and Corporate Services and will contribute to the delivery of the wider business strategy.

Client Details

My client is a leading Public Sector organisation.


Key Responsibilities:

Workforce planning

  • Create and implement a workforce strategy in line with business priorities
  • Design and lead the workforce planning activity working closely with all areas of the business
  • Analyse complex people data to support future planning


  • Create and implement the talent strategy
  • Lead the development of skills for the future based upon workforce planning
  • Review and transform appraisal processes
  • Lead the development of programmes including career pathways

Learning and Development

  • Create a learning and development strategy to support the development of talent
  • Create learning and development programmes for leadership teams
  • Create business-wide learning initiatives that enable individuals to constantly develop, adapt and grow in their roles
  • Promote different learning methods to develop a culture of continuous professional development
  • Create succession planning models across the key areas of the business
  • Ensure the effective use of apprenticeships within the organisation
  • Manage the learning and development budget
  • Oversee the management of the learning platform, ensuring that high quality learning solutions are in place

Organisational Development and Design

  • Act as lead for current programmes aimed at creating a working environment fit for the future in a post pandemic world
  • Lead on the design of the organisation and work closely with key leaders to ensure a consistent approach to the shape and structure of the business
  • Lead on the design of roles to ensure purposeful, effective jobs with clear outcomes and aligned with business objectives
  • Work closely with the Leadership Team and the People team to ensure a holistic approach to organisational change

People Team Leadership

  • Provide leadership and direction for the Talent and Development team as well as the wider people team
  • Work alongside the Head of HR and Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion
  • Lead on communications to the Leadership Team, Board and stakeholder groups to report on relevant strategies and their progress, producing detailed and highly complex reports


You will already be in a senior people role within a large complex organisation and will have experience of delivering people strategies and using workforce information to inform strategic and operational decisions.

This role requires knowledge of best practice in People and OD theory with extensive experience of People Development including workforce planning, talent management, resourcing and innovative ways to recognise and reward great performance.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Chartered Membership of CIPD
  • Educated to Masters degree level or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience in a senior people role within a large and complex organisation
  • Significant experience of developing of people strategies and intelligent use of workforce information
  • Excellent knowledge of best practice in People and OD theory and practice
  • Able to think and operate strategically
  • Analytical skills and ability to understand and interpret complex information
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • High level influencing, negotiating and conflict management skills
  • High level of report writing and presentation skills
  • Training, coaching and mentoring skills
  • Evidence of successfully leading significant change projects
  • Project management experience
  • Proven track record in managing and implementing business and culture change at a senior level
  • Extensive experience of staff and budget management
  • Experience of working with public sector terms and conditions of service

Job Offer

  • £78,192 - £90,387 per annum
  • Full-time and permanent position
  • Excellent company benefits and reward scheme


Michael Page Human Resources is acknowledged as one of the leading recruitment companies for human resources with over 30 years of recruitment expertise and a team of specialist consultants based in offices nationwide.  If you’re looking for permanent or temporary job opportunities in human resources, let us use our extensive network and strong relationships to help you find you the next step in your career.

Michael Page Human Resources recruit HR roles nationwide, ranging from HR Administrator to Global HR Director and also within the specialist areas of HR including Learning & Development, Recruitment, Reward, and Talent.

We offer vacancies across executive, director, manager and junior levels with many of the UK’s leading companies. Our teams have specialist consultants that focus on permanent, interim and contract opportunities. Find out more about our consultants here.

To get started browse for human resources jobs or contact one of our offices directly to find out how our expertise could make a difference to your HR recruitment process.

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