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Head of People Development

Posted: 17 Nov 2020 Closes: 29 Nov 2020
Exeter, GB Plus Excellent Benefits
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20201117112904

The newly formed People Directorate is integral to the delivery of the overall business strategy.  Providing the foundations of attracting, recruiting, rewarding, motivating and developing our employees.  We do this through our People Strategy and an effective EVP that makes the Met Office a “Great Place to Work”

Job Purpose:

This role will provide expertise to the business through the People Development function delivering a learning and development service, organisational development and delivery of world class meteorology training.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, resource and develop the People Development function to deliver an efficient and effective service.
  • Support the creation and development of the People Strategy and deliver the relevant strategic actions.
  • Review existing ways of working, internal requirements, external benchmarks and Civil Service practice and develop and embed best fit and practice for the Met Office.
  • Managing overall budget for the People Development function to balance affordability and demand.
  • Continually develop best practice personally and within the People Development function through engaging internally and externally with industry and college, university and external providers.
  • Manage internal, external and international stakeholder relationships


Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Strong leadership and management experience with a track record in managing team performance with a focus on delivering on time and in full
2. Demonstrable experience of delivering one or more of:

  • Effective leadership and management development programmes
  • World class meteorological development programmes
  • Corporate learning and development programmes shaped to the needs of the organisation

3. Excellent communication skills.
4. Business acumen with evidence of providing proactive, customer focused and pragmatic learning and development programmes. 
5. Strong influencing skills at senior level with a collaborative approach and evidence of building and maintaining effective relationships across the business and externally.
6. Experience of financial management.
7. Knowledge and application of career frameworks and pathways relevant to a STEM organisation.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1. Relevant professional qualification or experience within training and development or teaching to Higher Education standard.
2. Cross sector experience - working with or across different sectors or organisations.
3. Contract management 
4. Chartered CIPD qualification
5. Experience working with a highly technical/specialist/scientific workforce

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 29/11/20 with interviews expected W/C. 14/12/20. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

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