Global Head of Development (Talent, L&D, Leadership)

  • Type: Permanent
  • Location: UK, Home/Remote working & HQ NW London
  • Reference: J10545

We love an inspirational and compelling story.  A few years back, our client set out on a journey of global growth.  Following a simple strategy, with rebellious self-expression at the heart, they invested in people and systems, and expanded their direct to consumer strategy to see the sales of their iconic product soar.  Building upon their established UK market they rapidly extended their footprint across EMEA, US, and Asia, becoming a truly global operation delivering double digit growth.  This momentum has continued across all channels.

It’s always refreshing to work with an HRD that recognises what their business critically needs to succeed; product and people, one won’t succeed without the other, and it all starts with colleagues believing in the cultural DNA of their organisation.  Joining the Exec at the start of the growth journey, they prioritised talking to colleagues across the business to understand the history of the business and the brand; what they loved, what needed to change; and this defined their organisational beliefs and behaviours.  It wasn’t about crafting a set of values to display on a wall, it was about galvanising why they exist, what they believe in, who they are, and what sets them apart. These beliefs and behaviours formed the foundation of their culture and weave through their employee experience.

Whilst the brand is well known, the organisation remains relatively small with less than 2500 colleagues – a teen infrastructure still maturing.  The HR team of generalists and specialists continues to expand, and they’re ready for an experienced Head of L&D to design and build a learning strategy that’s right for them, leading a team of 2.  Creating and fostering an L&D culture across the organisation; you’ll bring cultural fundamentals and ways of working to life, utilising the best-fit tools, solutions and tech-stack, to develop a range of learning choices that integrate both global and local needs, and encourage all colleagues to actively drive their own development.  Partnering with regional HR leads, you’ll help shape development strategies to grow bench strength and develop robust succession plans.  Attracting, engaging and developing the best talent globally is critical to their continuing success, and working together with your Talent Acquisition peers will ensure a joined-up approach to talent acquisition, mobility and development. 

If you’re passionate about what you do, and you’re not afraid of starting from the bottom up within a climate that’s ever-changing; you’ll be ready for this and relish the freedom to innovate and get things done.  Pragmatism works well here, combined with the agility to move seamlessly between strategic and operational demands with ease – as this is a true opportunity to build a proposition from the ground-up. 

You’ll have a strong track record of success as an inspiring L&D leader within a business that’s operating across similar geographies; EMEA/US/APAC.  Building stakeholder relationships will be a key strength for sure, and as a challenger and influencer; you’ll have some stories here to share of your successes. 

Whilst we don’t have a fixed view on your sector exposure to date; experience of working within a consumer led business with an established omnichannel customer strategy will be favourable (Retail/Hospitality/FMCG/Tech). If you are operating within a high-growth SME this would certainly offer an easy transition, or perhaps you’re currently within a larger scale business looking for a move to an SME to enjoy the freedom to lead, build and mature an end to end L&D function.  If this sounds like your kind of gig, we look forward to hearing from you, and let’s explore if there’s a fit.

The practicalities; there’s a competitive reward package on offer that includes; generous car allowance, life insurance, contributory pension, private medical, and substantial employee product discount.  Currently, colleagues are working from home but will be phasing back into their offices in NW London as lockdown eases, so at this time you’ll welcome immersing yourself in the team c.3 days per week, combined with home working and international travel as required.

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VANA HR Resourcing

Date Posted: 01/10/2020

Closing date: 01/11/2020

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It was a pleasure to work with Jo White at VANA HR Resourcing in looking for a new career opportunity. Jo was keen to ensure the fit between myself and the employing company was considered as paramount, and also took the time to understand what my main drivers were to align the right opportunities. Communication from Jo was great from a candidate point of view which made the process seem fluid and straightforward. I would recommend VANA HR Resourcing strongly to anyone looking for their next career challenge or for organisations seeking the best in HR talent.

Guy Youll, Head of Global Business Development and APAC/MENA