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Head of Talent Development and Organisational Design

Michael Page Human Resources
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
£79292 - £91787 per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Talent Management

Job Details

The Head of Talent Development & Organisational Design will work as part of the Senior Leadership team within the People and Corporate Services function, and will lead on workforce planning, internal talent development, learning and development strategy and organisational design.

Client Details

My client is a Public Sector organisation.


Key responsibilities:

Workforce planning:

  • Create and implement a workforce strategy connected to the business priorities
  • Design and lead the workforce planning activity working closely with all areas of the business

Talent Development:

  • Create and implement the talent development strategy
  • Lead the development of skills for the future based upon workforce planning
  • Review and transform the appraisal process to support meaningful annual appraisals
  • Lead the creation of development interventions designed to address the under-representation of specific equality groups within the workforce and leadership community
  • Oversee the process to create meaningful data around different internal talent pools
  • Lead the development of programmes including career pathways, designed to develop internal talent including working closely with partner organisations
  • Collect and use meaningful feedback from talent programmes to allow improvements and provide management information

Learning and Development:

  • Create a learning and development strategy to support the development of internal talent
  • Create learning and development programmes for our leadership community which support an inclusive, compassionate approach to leadership
  • Create a range of business-wide learning initiatives that enable individuals to constantly develop, adapt and grow in their roles
  • Promote different kinds of learning methods and develop a culture of continuous professional development
  • Create succession planning models across the key areas of the business supported by development programmes
  • Ensure the effective use of apprenticeships within the organisation and manage the associated levy budget
  • Manage the learning and development budget

Organisational Development and Design:

  • Lead the organisation ensuring we have a working environment and organisational design fit for the future
  • 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 enabling colleagues to thrive at work
  • Providing organisational design to supporting the People Team and enabling changing ways of working

People Team Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and across the wider people team, working alongside the Head of HR and Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion
  • Work closely with the people team to ensure a coordinated and connected approach to the people agenda
  • Work as part of the Senior Management Team to develop and interpret Workforce and Talent Development Strategies, leading on producing appropriate short-term and long-term action plans
  • Leading on communications to the Leadership Team, Board, and stakeholder groups to report on relevant strategies
  • Produce detailed and highly complex reports, and present papers to the Board and Leadership Team, addressing legislative and policy changes, new initiatives and projects


  • Chartered Membership of CIPD
  • Educated to Masters degree level, or equivalent experience
  • Excellent knowledge of best practice in People and OD theory and best practice
  • Extensive experience in a senior people role within a large and complex organisation
  • Experience of working in a public sector organisation
  • Ability to operate strategically, establish a clear vision and influence and engage with a wide range of colleagues at all levels across the organisation
  • Analytical skills and ability to understand and interpret complex information
  • Budgetary management experience
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • High level influencing, negotiating and conflict management skills
  • Knowledge of the NHS is advantageous
  • In depth understanding government strategy and policy agendas
  • Evidence of successfully leading significant change projects
  • Experience in project management with proven ability to deliver projects on budget and on time
  • Proven track record in managing and implementing business and culture change at a senior level

Job Offer

  • £79,592 - £91,787 per annum
  • Full-time and permanent position
  • Excellent company benefits and reward scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Hybrid working (minimum 1 day office-based per week)
  • Highly competitive pension scheme
  • 27 days leave (increases with length of service) plus 8 Bank Holidays


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