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Organisational Development Strategy Lead

Essex County Council
Chelmsford, Essex
Up to £77,414 per annum
Closing date
20 Nov 2023

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Local and National Government
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Manager, Specialist
Specialist Area
Organisational Development
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Organisational Development Strategy Lead

Salary: Up to £77,414 per annum

Closing date: 20 Nov 2023

Location: Chelmsford

Hours: Full-time

Req ID: 14145

Role: Human Resources

The Opportunity

Essex County Council is at the start of a really interesting transformation journey, one that aims to substantially change the way we deliver services for our residents. To support this work we are seeking an experienced Organisational Development (OD) senior manager, with strong expertise in shaping organisational culture, to lead a strategic, modern, proactive, and highly valued OD team, enabling the organisation to delivery its ambitious strategy for the benefit of the Essex residents.

This role will provide specialist expertise to the Council’s leadership team and its functions in the development and embedding of an Organisational Development strategy, aimed at supporting the development of a forward thinking and progressive culture of high performance and employee engagement which supports the delivery of exemplar Public Services.

As well as leading the work around the OD strategy, this role will provide highly specialist OD consultancy expertise and support to stakeholders at all levels in the organisation and across the system, ensuring the development and right deployment of a high performing team of OD professionals.

This role works collaboratively across People and Transformation to ensure cohesion between organisational plans, strategic workforce planning and functional business planning, prioritising the use of resources and expertise to maximise the contribution, value and credibility that the function makes throughout the organisation, both through own efforts, leading a team, and by supporting the activities of other teams.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Batchelors degree in organisational development, change management, psychology or other applied behavioural science, or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
  • Expert knowledge of organisational development theories, philosophies and methods, organisational analysis and change skills, group dynamics, systems theory, group process facilitation and advanced consulting methods.
  • Significant experience in managing business transformation and change programmes and projects within a matrix, complex organisation, with the ability to develop business cases, identify risks and create appropriate mitigation plans.
  • Robust experience in leading cultural change programs in complex organisations, using cultural diagnosis approaches, as well as sound impact evaluation frameworks.
  • Expert knowledge in behavioural change theories and methodologies, with evidence of applying them successfully to enable change in complex organisations.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with the ability to engage with a range of partners and stakeholders, clearly articulate messages to a range of audiences with differing levels of understanding within a matrix organisation. Able to manage multiple stakeholders’ expectations
  • Strong leadership skills, with significant experience managing, motivating and mentoring teams and individuals.
  • Strong experience of managing organisational consultancy services, preferably as an internal consultant.
  • Strong working knowledge of current business technology.

You’ll find an inclusive culture and a place where your opinion is valued. You can find out more about us and the work we do here: People and Transformation

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.


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