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Head of Organisational Development

Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (GB)
£78,540 to £92,054
Closing date
4 Aug 2021

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HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
Organisational Development
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Join us, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

These are exciting times at the OU for change and transformation across all aspects of the organisation. Under the leadership of one of the UK’s foremost Transition Directors, the OU is building a world class Organisational Development capability.

The role

You will lead a team of super experienced professionals, rolling out exciting and inspirational change. This long-term project will give you another fantastic experience and become a significant add to your achievement portfolio.

The collaborative support you will receive, coupled with the freedom to scope, shape and shift, forms a truly enticing value proposition. There is no denying the scale of the challenge, but that what makes it so exciting.

The role leads the Change & Improvement Consultancy which sits in the Organisation Development Area of Expertise (AoE) within People Services. This team is an internal consultancy resource, delivering change and improvement services to OU senior leaders and teams.

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • have experience of leading successful strategic change initiatives in diverse organisational settings.
  • have led in-house consulting teams of mixed experience and built in depth C&I capability
  • enjoy commissioning, prioritising and deploying consulting resources to deliver the strategic outcomes of the organisation.
  • have delivered sustainable organisational change through designing and leading ‘outside in’ change approaches e.g. design thinking; systems thinking; Vanguard; Agile
  • enjoy using your personal expertise in improvement methodologies to build capability in others

What you get in return

We offer an industry leading executive package plus a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term, including 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, an attractive pension proposition and free parking on campus.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure that your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for Head of Organisational Development, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT. 

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You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).

Closing date: 4 August 2021 - midday

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

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