Director of People and Organisational Development
University of Manchester
United Kingdom

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Director of People and Organisational Development
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: PSX-016595

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/05/2021

Salary: Competitive

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Professional Services

School/ Directorate: Directorate of Human Resources

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Permanent

The University of Manchester

Director of People and Organisational Development

Salary - Competitive

The University of Manchester has a rich heritage of discovery, social change and a pioneering spirit which has been at the heart of what we do since 1824.  When you join our University, you become part of a truly diverse and global community of staff and students all focused on ensuring we are recognised globally for the excellence of our people, research, learning and innovation, and for the benefits we bring to society. In an increasingly competitive and challenging environment, how we recruit, retain and develop our people has never been more important.

In recognition that the University’s people are its greatest asset and of the need for a heightened strategic focus on organisational and work design, the University has taken the decision to re-purpose its previous HR Director role into a Director of People and Organisational Development.  This represents a positive change for the University and one that emphasises the strategic importance of the People Director role in influencing and shaping our future and helping differentiate the Institution from its competitors on a national and international basis.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of People and Organisational Development will be responsible for ensuring our people and OD strategies and approaches enable a high performing, agile and engaged workforce and facilitate transformational change across the University.  You will play a critical role in shaping the institution as well as creating a vision for and shaping the contribution of the People and OD teams to ensure the delivery of our strategic vision.  Of immediate importance will be supporting the University’s return to campus and navigating the challenges and opportunities that this will present.

You must have significant strategic people and OD experience that blends advocacy, authentic leadership and proven ability to deliver strategic transformational change, gained in a large, complex and Unionised organisational context.  You will also be able to evidence success in shaping the delivery of people and OD services to ensure efficient and progressive approaches. In such a multi-layered, multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder setting, key to your success will be your professional judgement, insight and ability to influence strategic direction.  

You will act at all times in line with our values and demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity and the ongoing development of an inclusive culture.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit or contact Emma Wilkins at Dixon Walter on 07741 875289 or at

The closing date for application is Monday, 10 May.

Final stage interviews will be held Friday, 25th June 2021

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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