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Future Talent Manager

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England
£43310 - £55000 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2024

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Local and National Government
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Specialist Area
Learning and Development
CIPD Membership
Non CIPD member

Job Details

We are looking for a Future Talent Manager to lead, manage and develop our graduate and undergraduate programme offering at AWE (with potential to work on further future talent programmes as they are built in the future). Provide high quality programme and relationship management. Be a cultural and change architect for future talent.

Location - Reading / Basingstoke area

Package - £43,310 - £55,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

* Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
* Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
* Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
* Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
* A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
* Life Assurance
* Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
* Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
* A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

Key Accountabilities:

* Lead a steering committee of decision makers to ensure high quality and employee experience is met, influence the strategic direction of the organisation wide programme and ensure the resultant continuous improvement activity is ongoing
* Review the programme, its content and employee satisfaction on a regular basis to ensure it's fit for purpose and meeting company requirements (as BAU)
* Produce regular data/dashboards detailing the performance of the graduate programme and ROI
* Create talent pools of graduates and undergraduates with a view to succession and future talent pipelines of development
* To provide strong leadership and relationship management within their nominated area and career pathway
* Collaborating with and stakeholder managing key client groups in their nominated area from senior/executive levels, Groups Leaders through to graduate managers
* Collaborating with HR colleagues in Reward, Recruitment and HR Business Partnering amongst others
* Carry out high quality research and external benchmarking to evaluate our programme against the wider market and use to bring in ideas and improvements when needed
* Use continuous improvement methodology to problem solve and get to the root cause of issues and implement changes when needed
* Act as a coach/mentor to graduates in their nominated area
* Act as a first point of contact with all graduate managers and graduates on the Evolve programme (as BAU)
* Keeping up-to-date with trends, changes and thought leadership in HR future talent
* Ensure all spend is accounted for and adheres to the public procurement regulations as well as driving cost efficiencies and reducing spend where possible

Key Responsibiliies:

* Managing the day-to-day running of their designated career pathway (the entire employee lifecycle of a graduate)
* Providing relationship management to the key stakeholders in their area from executive level downwards
* Chairing a regular SteerCo in their designated area with responsibility for driving improvements and change
* Working with the Future Talent Consultant to ensure all key messaging and communications are sent or dealt with in a timely manner and are joined up across the business
* Offering pastoral care to graduate line managers and graduates within their career pathway
* Coaching, motivating and supporting all future talent employees on the Evolve programme
* Identifying opportunities to grow and continuously improve the programme year-on-year
* Carrying out regular external benchmarking/research and attending industry forums and events to gain key insights
* Ensuring the core development programme meets its objectives and the needs of the programme; making improvements when and where required
* Supporting the Senior Graduate Manager and Head of Early Careers in wider future career projects as required
* Keeping up-to-date with trends and changes in the future careers and wider HR world and using this to inform improvements and ideas
* Managing budgets and costs within Public Procurement Regulations to drive cost efficiencies and lower spend
* Working with the Future Talent Consultant to provide high quality MI and data to track, evaluate and prove the success of the programme

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

* Excellent communication skills
* High collaboration skills
* Project management skills (desirable)
* Organisation skills
* Decision-making skills
* Influencing skills
* Stakeholder management
* Independent worker
* Challenger mindset
* Team-player


Extensive experience of working in HR future talent and leading graduate programmes is essential. Experience of managing and leading change or transformation projects, carrying out high quality internal and external research and benchmarking and using continuous improvement methodology are highly desirable. Experience of L&D and associated methodology.

This job role is suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station) and working from home as a personal choice. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

All candidates must be willing and able to apply for and maintain the correct security clearance for this role.




Our role in keeping the nation safe is to manufacture, maintain and develop the warheads for Trident, the UK’s ultimate deterrent, and use our unique skills and expertise to support nuclear threat reduction.

We believe that talent is talent – no matter what a person’s gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social background.

Whether you're an engineer, a scientist, a mechanic or a business professional. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we’re always looking for high quality candidates.


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