Organisational Development Consultant - Strategic Workforce Programme (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

The University is currently launching a Strategic Workforce Programme to address two of the University's top people priorities to enable us to attract, recruit and retain.

The Strategic Workforce Programme will therefore comprise two workstreams:

  • A review of the University's pay structure and pay policy
  • Career Pathways for Professional Services Staff - linked to Reimagining Professional Services

While these two workstreams will effectively be managed as two separate projects, the development of the career pathways and job families will be aligned to any new arrangements for pay.

We are therefore looking for an experienced Organisational Development Consultant for the three-year period of design and delivery phases of Career Pathways for Professional Services Staff. This is a large complex programme in terms of scale and reach, and complexity touching all members of staff.

The role will have responsibility for the design and delivery of people and organisational development strategic change to support this programme.

You will have a logical, pragmatic approach to managing change, be able to communicate and facilitate effectively and appropriately with senior management, external partners and with people at all levels across the University and have the ability to engage, conduct diagnosis, analyse findings, generate options and build commitment to solutions.

Educated to degree level, or an equivalent vocational qualification, you will have proven experience in delivering successful strategic people change projects and supporting major organisational change; influencing, building and sustaining relationships in order to achieve results in a complex environment. Experience of designing and implementing job families and career pathways would be advantageous.

Being able to demonstrate up to date knowledge of theory and good practice, particularly around, organisational development and design, change management and developing organisational culture is essential.

This is an exciting role to make a real difference to some of the top people priorities for the University. Apply today to join us!

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Rachel Machon, Head of Organisational Development -

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 26 November 2023.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 4th December 2023.

Please quote reference AH39215 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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