Organisation Design Lead

We are looking for HR and OD professionals who are at the top of their game, passionate about developing modern, business-focused solutions, and who aren’t afraid to innovate and try something new. The challenge we have at Essex County Council is massive, the opportunity is even bigger. This is your chance to bring new and modern ways of doing things to one of the biggest county councils in the country, where you will be encouraged to share your ideas, experience and be at the heart of creating and delivering best fit solutions.

 If the idea of being part of a team which is making a real difference to public service, and to the lives of the residents of Essex, appeals to you – then this is the place for you. You may currently be working in local government, the wider public sector or in the private sector but looking to showcase your skills on a larger stage and focused on business performance which has a real impact on people’s lives.

The opportunity

 Joining the Organisational Effectiveness team, you will provide your organisation design expertise and leadership across the Council. Whilst this role will include design work, the real focus is to take ownership of ECC’s approach to organisation and operating model design, including our methodology and toolkit. Working closely with organisational development colleagues, you will ensure that design work also includes a clear focus on culture and behaviours, and that all our leaders understand how organisation design influences individual and business performance. More generally, you will work collaboratively across the whole Organisation Development & People function to support and maximise our contribution throughout the organisation.

Knowledge, skills and experience

About you

With a degree level qualification or equivalent experience, you will likely come from an organisation development and design background with deep knowledge of different design tools and methods and an understanding of how to apply these successfully.

You will have proven experience of delivering a holistic, whole-system approach to organisation design and managing such programmes in a large and complex organisation. Your strong consulting experience, allied with highly effective communication skills, means that you will be able to clearly communicate to a range of audiences with different levels of understanding. Relevant formal training in organisation development and design techniques is desirable, as would be knowledge of business improvement methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of around 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamentally key to our current and future success.


We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It’s important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we offer flexible working solutions. Our package also includes a great central location, which is easily accessible to all road and rail links, a clear career path, which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, annual leave of up to 29 days per year, discounted shopping and much more. To find out more information and to apply, please click the apply button.

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*

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