Organisation Development Business Partner (Learning & Development) - Tenders Global

Organisation Development Business Partner (Learning & Development)

Durham University

Organisation Development Business Partner (Learning & Development) (
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Grade 8:  £45,585 – £54,395 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent  Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 07-Jan-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

The University

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things professionally and personally.  
Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University. Further information about the University can be found 

The Role and Department
Further information about the role and the responsibilities is at the bottom of this job description.

Working at Durham 

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits: 

•    30 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 42 days per year.  
•    The University closes between Christmas and New Year 
•    We offer a generous pension scheme, As a new member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into this University Superannuation Scheme (USS).
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies.
•    There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities. 
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.
•    On site nursery is available and access to holiday camps for children aged 5-16 throughout the year.
•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers).
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community
•    Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions. 
•    A salary sacrifice scheme is also available to help you take advantage of tax savings on benefits. 
•    If you are moving to Durham, we can help with removal costs and we have a dedicated team who can help you with the practicalities such as house hunting and schools.  If you need a visa, we cover most visa costs and offer an interest free loan scheme to pay for dependant visas.


Durham University is committed to equality,  diversity and inclusion 

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role. 

What you need to demonstrate when you apply/Person Specification    

When you apply it is important that you let us know what skills/experience you have from a similar role and/or what skills/experience you have which would make you right for this role.  Further information about the role and responsibilities is at the end of this job description.  Where a criteria has an asterisk* next to it, it may be given additional weighting when your application is considered.    
Your application should cover the following criteria:

Essential Criteria

1.    Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience).
2.    Professional practitioner with specialist knowledge and expertise to influence service delivery, events and activities within the organisation.
3.    Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues.
4.    Experience of participating in internal or external networks to share and discuss good practice, develop strong and productive working relationships and positively influence the University’s reputation.
5.    Experience of implementing policies and procedures and supporting service improvements.
6.    Track record of management and development experience and/or an enhanced management qualification applied across a large service team or teams.

7.    Excellent spoken and written communication skills including the ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally
8.    Excellent digital competence with demonstrable skills in using core digital tools including internet, email, digital communication tools, Microsoft 365 applications, digital booking system, project planning, financial systems, recruitment tools. .
9.    Committed to continuing professional development to maintain Organisation Development professional recognition.
10.    Extensive knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines.
11.    Ability to contribute to planning at operational and strategic levels.
12.    Ability to solve problems and decide on and plan appropriate solutions.

13. Knowledge and experience of e-learning design

Desirable criteria

 1. Experienced coach and mentor

How to apply
To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above. It will be at the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether they will also consider any desirable criteria, but we would urge candidates to provide evidence for all criteria.  Please don’t forget to check if there is any weighted criteria (see above).

While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.   
Submitting your application 

We prefer to receive applications online.   We will update you about your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to make sure you have not missed any of our updates.
What you need to submit   

•    A CV and covering letter 
•    A supporting statement which outlines how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification.    

Contact details   
For a chat about the role or any further information please contact Claire Hunter, Head of Organisation Development Business Partnering, [email protected]  

Service Delivery/Development

·         Show a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.

·         Develop and apply an in-depth understanding of university policy and external developments when carrying out your role.

·         Ensure that policy and regulatory standards are met by managing quality and regulatory processes for Organisation Development learning and development services including ILM centre requirements and Apprenticeship Levy expenditure.

·         Use your professional knowledge and experience as an Organisation Development and Learning and Development practitioner to provide subject matter expertise and advice.

·         Use your managerial and leadership expertise to identify priorities and shape Organisation Development activities to achieve the required outcomes.

·         Look for ways to continually improve services and take a lead role in the development and implementation of assigned policies, processes and standards.

·         Initiate and manage business process reviews to improve the service in your area.

·         Ensure data (commercially sensitive and/or personal) is appropriately stored and managed.

·         Manage quality and regulatory audits of systems and procedures.

·         Support the welfare, wellbeing and employment of your staff by providing professional guidance.

·         To co-design and facilitate in-house events including workshops, away days as required according to the Organisation Development needs of the institution/ department/team. 

·         Responsible for shaping the development and learning of others through commissioning and design of a comprehensive range of development programmes in line with the Realising Your Potential behavioural framework and the Job Families skills frameworks. 

·         Develop practical solutions to organisational and people development issues eg career pathways and development role creation to support succession planning. 


Planning and Organisation

·        Contribute to the development of the Organisation Development plan and provision, ensuring it is aligned to the strategic direction and ambitions of the university.

·         Oversee the analysis of data about the service levels provided by Organisation Development and make recommendations for improvement in reports to senior managers and committees.

·         Allocate and monitor designated budgets, expenditure and resources.

·         Project manage the resources and content of the Open Course soft skills training programme and leadership development programme to ensure maximum use by all staff from across the organisation in line with institutional strategy. 

Team Development

·         Manage and develop the people, performance and resources across the Organisation Development admin hub to ensure that a customer focussed service is provided.

·         Help shape the skills and expertise needed to deliver a professional service by recruiting, inducting and training team members and structuring the team in way that will best meet operational and strategic priorities.

·         Ensure that your team can deliver the required services by devolving and delegating responsibilities to appropriate team members.

·         Carry out regular performance reviews to provide feedback on objectives and expectations and identify any development needs.

·         Handle most HR issues and support the welfare and wellbeing of your team referring more complex issues to specialist services or more senior managers.



·         Use your professional knowledge to identify and recommend priorities for long-term business plans.

·         Provide professional guidance and advice when managing organisation development services.

·         Design creative and innovative communications to promote and increase engagement relating to learning and development opportunities.

·         Influence University policy, standards and governance by leading operational business meetings, working groups and sub-committees and report where appropriate to senior committees.

·         Create strong working relationships, including internal and external networks, using your networks to increase your knowledge and skills, swap information with peers and positively influence the University’s reputation.

·         Represent Organisation Development and University at promotional events.

·         Identify opportunities to develop and increase participation in special interest groups.

·         Promote the improvement and efficiency of departmental services by enhancing the leadership capability of line managers in collaboration with a range of stakeholder groups e.g. DCAD and EDI.

·         Any other reasonable duties.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement Privacy Notices – Durham University  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.  

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas. 

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