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Learning and Development Manager

Yorkshire Cancer Research
Harrogate, North Yorkshire/Hybrid
Circa. £40,000 per annum
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Learning and Development Manager 
Harrogate, North Yorkshire  

We offer hybrid working and we are committed to paying the Real Living Wage. 

About Us 

Yorkshire is one of the regions hardest hit by cancer. Together, we can change this.  

Yorkshire Cancer Research is a charity dedicated to funding research so that you and those you love live longer healthier lives, free of cancer. 

Thanks to supporters, the charity funds vital cancer research and pioneers innovative new services for people with cancer. These life-giving medical breakthroughs are helping more people survive cancer – in Yorkshire, and beyond.  

As an inclusive employer, our aim is to ensure our workforce reflects the rich diversity of our region. We believe a diverse workforce is vital to us taking action to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer more effectively in Yorkshire. We offer equal opportunities regardless of race, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships. 

The Benefits

We offer all employees a wide range of benefits including an enhanced contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service), flexible working arrangements, private medical insurance, enhanced maternity leave, career progression, learning and development, wellbeing initiatives, offices within walking distance of Hornbeam Park train station, free onsite parking and a whole lot more. 

We’ve got a strong set of values that inform everything we do and we’re looking for people who are aligned with these. As our Learning and Development Manager, you will put people in Yorkshire at the heart of everything you do, unite with colleagues and other organisations in this cause, and dare to think big and bold to make positive solutions happen. 

The Role 
Yorkshire Cancer Research is seeking an experienced Learning and Development Manager to develop and deliver the Charity’s learning and development strategy.  

As a member of the People Team, supporting the Head of People, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of learning and development within the charity, identifying learning priorities and translating these into engaging L&D initiatives, aligned to delivering the Charity’s strategic aims. 

Specifically, you will: 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive L&D strategy that drives a culture of employee led learning.  
  • Lead the execution of the Charity’s L&D strategy, organising all planned L&D activities, reporting monthly / quarterly performance against agreed KPI’s. 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify and assess individual and organisational learning needs and develops tailored learning solutions that support delivery of the Charity’s strategic aims 
  • Actively promote L&D opportunities and learner ‘stories’ to inspire employees and reinforce a culture of continuous learning and improvement 
  • Lead the EDI agenda for L&D, ensuring all interventions are inclusive, reporting on key metrics within the L&D strategy 
  • Act as the ‘go to’ lead on learning and development, providing advice and guidance to internal stakeholders. 
  • Manage cross-departmental and cross-functional relationships and activities to ensure learning and development is well integrated into wider team objectives 
  • Provide guidance to employees seeking professional development opportunities, offering advice on career paths and recommending relevant L&D resources / opportunities 
  • Prepare, track and manage the learning and development budget effectively, reporting monthly progress to the Head of People. 

About You 

To be considered for this role, you will need: 

  • To have proven experience working in a similar role at a similar level such as a Learning and Development Specialist.  
  • To be CIPD Qualified (level 5 minimum) 
  • To have a recognised coaching qualification (e.g. ICF) is desirable.
  • To have experience of end-to-end design and delivery of training programmes, including undertaking training needs analysis and measuring training outcomes.
  • To have experience of developing an L&D strategy that supports the delivery of business objectives.
  • To have experience of designing and implementing learning solutions that are inclusive and meet the need of the organisation. 
  • To be confident in sourcing high-quality, and engaging e-learning or video modules or facilitating the development of learning materials to meet required needs. 
  • To have excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to build strong relationships on a one-to-one basis and to different sized audiences.
  • To be a strong facilitator / deliverer of training .
  • To have high levels of computer literacy with comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook. 
  • To have strong project management and organisational skills.  


Before applying, please visit our Careers Page to view the full role profile and find out more about working for Yorkshire Cancer Research.  

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to Claire Wooldridge, Head of People, before 16 April 2024. Please read our privacy notice before applying. 

Yorkshire Cancer Research is a responsible and flexible employer.  We welcome any discussion for flexible working at the interview/offer stage where we will consider an individual’s circumstances against the needs of the charity. 

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates from all backgrounds. If we can make any reasonable adjustments to support your application, please contact us via our website.


Yorkshire Cancer Research is the largest independent cancer charity in England. With an ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year, it is an exciting time to be joining the charity. Every week in Yorkshire almost 600 people are told they have cancer, by working for Yorkshire Cancer Research you are helping to protect and save these lives.

It is a sad fact that more people have their lives cut short by cancer in Yorkshire than almost anywhere else in England. As Yorkshire’s independent cancer charity, we are dedicated to changing this by funding pioneering that has a direct impact on the lives of people here in the region. To do this, each year we fund £10 million of world-leading research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.  We fund cancer experts and world-leading researchers who pioneer early cancer diagnosis and discover new and better treatments for people with cancer. These life-giving medical breakthroughs lead to the very best chance of recovery for people in Yorkshire.

Thanks to our supporters, Yorkshire Cancer Research has funded £43 million in research since 2015 and funded 293 researchers in our region. Over 155,000 people have taken part in research funded by our charity and we have 62 active projects across Yorkshire. This vital work is helping to make a difference to the lives of people right across the region - here and now and for generations to come. 

Yorkshire is big, beautiful and diverse and, as an inclusive employer, our aim is that our workforce reflects the rich diversity of our region. We believe a diverse workforce is central to us achieving our strategic goal of saving more lives in our region. We offer equal opportunities regardless of race, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships.

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01423 501 269
Jacob Smith House
7 Grove Park Court

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