Deputy Director – Organisational Development and Inclusion

Imperial College London

Are you an inspirational and innovative HR leader with a track record of delivering outstanding results and making a positive impact in large matrix organisations? Do you thrive when bringing together the hearts and minds of your team to drive excellence and ensure your organisation is best in class? If so, then we may have the perfect career opportunity for you.

We are currently searching for a Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Inclusion to join our talented Human Resources team at Imperial College, as we embark on an incredible journey of transformation. As a senior member of the HR, Occupational Health and Operational Excellence Group, this important strategic leadership role supports the Director of HR and Organisational Change, and her senior colleagues – both within HR and across Imperial - to deliver the College’s 2015-20 Strategy and beyond.  

This position promises to be paced, varied and challenging. You will: 

  • Support the delivery of all the overarching goals in the HR Vision 2020; provide holistic and strategic support for workforce planning and succession planning to ensure Imperial develops the talent and skills needed for the future.
  • Deliver the specific projects identified in the Leadership and Development for All section of the Vision; deliver the equality, diversity and inclusion activity designed to foster involvement, greater representation and to make Imperial ‘A Great Place to Work. For Everyone’; propose changes to the projects to ensure that they are fit for purpose;
  • Oversee, and help facilitate, the College-wide institutional culture work, making links with other relevant activity to ensure traction;
  • Provide considered counsel and advice to assist managers to deal effectively with a wide range of people-related matters;
  • Develop and enhance our OD offering by facilitating planned, College-wide change through interventions that focus upon leadership, structure, processes and culture to improve our impact and effectiveness as a university;
  • Be responsible for successful delivery of the collective commitment outlined in the Added Value/Saving Time theme by supporting the review and enhancement of services within your remit in collaboration with senior colleagues from across Support Services.
  • Be party to OD interventions to include working with students directly to inform debate and planning.

From day one, you will be expected to lead and motivate a multi-functional team from the front, whilst also maintaining a strong strategic outlook, seeking and securing collaborative opportunities within College, and truly be a trusted advisor and partner to senior leadership.

You will be a strong influencer and confident leveraging qualitive and quantitative data to inform decision making. You will draw on your experience of organisational development and inclusion, developed in positions such as Head of Organisational Development, Head of People, Head of HR, Associate Director of HR, Associate Director of People, Director of HR, Director of People, Assistant Director of Development, Associate Director of Organisational Development, Director of Organisational Development, Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Inclusion, Deputy Director of HR, Deputy Director of People or similar. This experience may have been gained in higher education, public sector, government, NHS, healthcare, pharmaceutical or charity sector; experience in an environment of multi-disciplinary workforces, to include a high proportion of knowledge workers, is also considered desirable.

This opportunity will ideally suit an individual who is energised by ambiguity, has superb relationship building skills and in-depth experience of change management, promoting positive change and adherence to organisational values.

Location: South Kensington campus, London

Closing date: 22 January 2018 (midnight GMT)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Head of Recruitment, Geraldine Butler-Wright, on

Further details about this opportunity can be found in our Job Description