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Organisation Design Lead

Open University
Flexible / Nationwide
£68,748 to £82,464
Closing date
25 Oct 2021

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Salary Band
£60-80K, £80-100K
Contract Type
Interim, contract & temporary
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
Organisational Development
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Change your career, 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.

The role

People Services is committed to providing The Open University with high quality people solutions and is valued for its efficiency, expertise, partnering capability and service. We are currently looking for a confident, motivated OD professional who with experience and expertise in organisation design to support the OU’s Associate Lecturer Programme. You will work in partnership with a team of practitioners to facilitate and lead design activities that emerge from the stakeholder engagement activity.

This new role will entail working on large scale design work in a complex and unionised environment. You will need to partner extensively across the wider organisation as conversations about organisation design for the AL Programme are expected to impact and be impacted by organisation design across the wider organisational landscape.

We are happy to offer both flexible and remote working opportunities for this new opportunity, although there will be a requirement to attend onsite meetings in Milton Keynes if required on an ad-hoc basis.

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Possess a good understanding of organisation design; methodologies, frameworks and tools
  • Are confident in creating design plans and supporting the delivery as well as interrogating, analysing and supporting the development of target operating models
  • Are able to lead and work in complex organisations, effectively partnering with other departments and groups
  • Possess excellent communication skills, being able to confidently liaise and manage stakeholder expectations

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description.

What you get in return

We offer 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

This role is part of an anonymous recruitment trial and all applications are completed online following the instructions below and clicking the “Apply Now” link. This application can only be completed through the OU Jobs Page.

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;

  • Completed Candidate Question Sheet (found under the attachments below)

Please do not change the name of this document or put your name on the document.

If your initial application is successful, we will contact you to obtain a copy of your CV. You will only be invited to interview if you meet the minimum requirements of the role as set out in the Job Description.

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

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Closing date: 25 October 2021 – by 12 noon

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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