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D&I Talent Acquisition Lead

Bank of England
£45,900 - £49,000
Closing date
20 Oct 2021
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D&I Talent Acquisition Lead - People & Culture Directorate (ID: 005583)

The Bank of England is the UK's central bank. Our mission is to deliver monetary and financial stability for the British people.

The Bank of England is a diverse organisation. Each of its 4,000 plus people are committed to public service and dedicated to promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

In the People and Culture (P&C) Directorate we play a pivotal role in helping to recruit, develop and retain the diverse talent that we need to deliver against the Bank’s mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom. Our Talent and Development strategy is committed to investing in future skills, building diversity and inclusion, and enabling learning for all colleagues.

In July 2021 we published a Review of Ethnic Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at the Bank. The review commissioned by the Bank’s Court (the Bank’s Governors and Non-Executive Directors) recognised that we had not made sufficient progress on the important issue of ethnic diversity and inclusion. In order to address this a set of recommendations and actions are being put in to place to embed sustained change. To support the Review’s recommendations a number of new roles have been created, including a dedicated D&I Talent Acquisition Lead who will act as a centre of expertise, helping to transform our vision in to a lived reality. This coincides with the Bank’s new strategic priority “to build a diverse and inclusive Bank” vision:

“The current global context presents both challenges and opportunities, and the Bank needs to be human, humble and in step with the changing world to respond effectively. We need leaders who embody this ambition, and a truly inclusive culture to enable all colleagues to unlock their potential. We do this because it is the right thing to do and will make us even more effective as an organisation, now and for the future.”

Team Overview

This role sits within Experienced Hires Talent Acquisition team, in the Talent Acquisition & Development (TAD) function of People & Culture, alongside Future Talent, Learning & Organisational Development and Talent. The teams collaborate and work very closely to ensure that our activity is aligned throughout the function. The team are responsible for internal and external experienced resourcing across the Bank, partnering with the Bank to advise and support them with the acquisition of talent. You will work closely with the newly formed Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Division within P&C who are responsible for spearheading efforts towards building a diverse and inclusive workplace, one of the Bank’s strategic priorities.


We are recruiting for a brand new role to lead and embed our D&I strategy across our approach to recruitment and talent acquisition.  This role will create new and build on existing recruitment tools to enable us to achieve our goal of a truly inclusive environment, one that attracts the best and diverse talent enabling all our colleagues to fulfil their potential. 

This role will work in partnership with all areas across the Bank. You will ensure that diversity, inclusion, fairness and consistency are at the heart of all our resourcing related activities and talent decisions. By providing the tools, guidance and best practice you will enable our Hiring Managers to recruit through a lens of diversity & inclusion, including diversity of thought, by continuing to encourage fairness in all opportunities. Drawing on your network of D&I focussed agencies and talent specialists, you will advise the Lead Recruiters and hiring areas how best to leverage these relationships.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Acting as a credible adviser, with other centres of expertise, such as the Inclusion Team, to embed changes to recruitment practices across the Bank.
  • As the subject matter expert for Diversity & Inclusion within the Talent Acquisition Team, the role holder will provide advice and guidance to key stakeholders, ensuring recruitment practices do not adversely impact any candidate groups.
  • Working with the Talent Acquisition Teams/local D&I leads to provide the recruitment tools and methodology (from design and build) that provide equal opportunities to our internal colleagues and external candidates for all levels of roles in the business.
  • To identify opportunities to strengthen diverse pools of talent from attraction, selection, offer, on boarding & through to induction. This will include designing assessment tools, recruitment toolkits, reviewing attraction channels, psychometric testing and how we communicate our Employer Brand.
  • Review external communications, including careers site, digital platforms and social media accounts, to ensure they’re in line with recruitment legislation and our D&I initiatives.
  • Identify new sources of attracting a diverse pool/talent pipeline of candidates externally through various attraction tools and campaigns including social media, job boards, direct sourcing, maximising usage of LinkedIn and through innovative channels.
  • Look at new practices to design and build D&I recruitment workshops/training, advising, coaching & supporting  hiring managers to ensure we recruit fairly and consistently
  • Represent the Bank externally at Talent Acquisition diversity conferences and industry events.
  • Proactively researching trends in the recruitment market and diversity techniques to remain competitive and to encourage diverse talent pipelines.
  • Support the Lead Recruiters to proactively source and identify qualified diverse candidate for key positions across the Banks.
  • Assist in building job descriptions, interview questions and assessments that contain non-biased language.
  • Assisting in the end to end recruitment process of various experienced hire roles as and when required.
  • Measure success through D&I metrics.

This role is being advertised as part of a set of new roles which will bolster the central support available for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, strengthening the Bank’s commitment to build a diverse and inclusive Bank.


Essential Criteria

  • Strong understanding of diversity & inclusion best practice for recruitment, including experience embedding it
  • Experience of embedding change within recruitment processes.
  • Strong employment legislation knowledge (particularly in recruitment)
  • Strong presentation and influencing skills to all levels of stakeholders
  • Experience in the end to end recruitment process within a fast paced and complex environment
  • Experience with recruitment methodologies including assessment design, online psychometrics (Level A &B trained or equivalent) and Employer Brand initiatives

Desirable Criteria

  • Familiarity with online and offline sourcing within the D&I space (e.g. through professional networks, social media or job fairs)
  • External network of diversity champions within the talent acquisition space
  • Participation in seminars and workshops around diversity in the workplace

Additional Information

The Bank values diversity and inclusion – we want to reflect the society we serve better, we want the best people to work for us and we want our workplace to be inclusive.  We value all forms of diversity, including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.  One way we support diversity and inclusion is through our staff-run networks, which are summarised here.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive working environment, and are open to considering how the role might be carried out with flexible working.  This role is therefore open to flexible working patterns. 

We are also committed to making adjustments for candidates and employees where possible, and have partnered with external expert organisations to support us in this.  We are a member of the Disability Confident scheme, summarised here, and people who wish to apply under this scheme should check the box in the ‘Candidate Personal Information’ under the ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ section of the application.

We anonymise applications so hiring managers will not be able to see your personal information when reviewing your submission, including your CV. Please fully complete the application form questions as requested, as any incomplete submissions may not be reviewed.

The Bank of England is a distinctive institution and our rewards are one of the things that set us apart. As well as enjoying a competitive salary you will work in a collaborative, inclusive environment, with a subsidised restaurant, flexible working opportunities and plenty of wellbeing initiatives.  

This specific role offers a base salary of £45,900 - £49,000 per annum, along with our comprehensive benefits package as follows:

•    A non-contributory, career average pension giving you a guaranteed retirement benefit of 1/95th of your annual salary for every year worked. There is the option to increase your pension (to 1/50th) or decrease (to 1/120th) in exchange for salary through our flexible benefits programme each year.
•    A discretionary performance award based on a current award pool.
•    A 7% benefits allowance with the option to take as salary or purchase a wide range of flexible benefits.
•    25 days annual leave with option to buy up to 13 additional days through flexible benefits.
•    Private medical insurance and income protection.

The closing date for applications is 20th October 2021.

Please apply online, ensuring that you answer the application questions, complete the work history and submit your CV.

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