Leadership and Management Development Lead

Full time – 37 hours per week

We are looking for HR and OD professionals who are at the top of their game and who are passionate about developing modern, business focussed solutions, and who are not afraid to challenge 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 who 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 outside of local government or even in the private sector but looking to showcase your skills on a larger stage and focussed on business performance which has a real impact on people’s lives.

The opportunity

Do you have a proven ability to design and deliver forward thinking innovative leadership and management programmes? Are you interested in working closely with our most senior leaders, and help shaping the leadership development agenda not only for the Council, but Essex and beyond? Then our ODP team has the ideal role for you. Using your deep subject matter expertise, we will rely on you to create an innovative, integrated and practical framework for accelerating the development of the council’s leaders and managers so that they can deliver our organisation strategy. You will work collaboratively with not only our People Business Partners, but also our colleagues in the People insights team and our Talent development lead, to ensure we translate our organisational insights and future workforce needs into tangible and practical interventions at all levels from executive development to early-career stages. In short, your strategic understanding of leadership and management development and talent for bringing plans to life will have every chance to shine.

Knowledge, skills and experience

About you

Educated to degree level or equivalent, CIPD qualification is preferred. We are looking for significant technical expertise in Leadership and Management development at all levels, balanced with a pragmatic approach. Adept at managing complex projects, conducting research/breaking new ground, developing impactful solutions and providing expert support for other practitioners comes naturally to you. You know how to design and develop leadership assessments and use psychometric tools and have sound expertise in designing and applying impact evaluation frameworks to evidence the success of your interventions. Practical experience in learning and business needs consulting is important too, as is a talent for designing and facilitating compelling and engaging workshops, events or development interventions, sometimes to a tough, highly critical audience.

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. For more information please follow the link: https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits/

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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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