Talent Development Manager

Temporary/Fixed Term
12 months with the possibility of extension or permanency
SPS College/Hybrid
£32,185 - £40,288
Closing date
03/10/2022, 10:00
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

This role is a key enabler of change and leads various Talent Development work streams, projects, and programmes across SPS which seek to identify, develop, engage, and retain individuals who are key to the success of the organisation. These work streams may include: Apprenticeship schemes, Leadership Development, and Potential Programmes (e.g. Trainee Manager). The role will include line management responsibility, design and delivery of work streams and initiatives as well as collaboration with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Hybrid working may be available for this role. Hybrid working offers greater flexibility, allowing you to split your time between office working, based at SPSC, and working at home, subject to business and operational requirements being met. Please refer to the attached guidance for applicants document explaining hybrid working in more detail.


Line Management

Provide leadership to Talent team members; manage workload, monitor and support the progress of work streams, support their personal and professional development.

Programme Management

Lead on the research, planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of talent programmes / activities / work streams, ensuring effective processes, infrastructure and governance arrangements are maintained to deliver high impact outcomes aligned to corporate objectives and priorities. 

Programme Design and Delivery

Lead on the design, development and facilitation of a service that provides high quality, flexible, innovative and accessible talent development activities to meet the organisation’s current and future needs and support the development of a learning culture for the organisation. This will include programmes for talent within the organisation as well as programmes to bring new and diverse talent into SPS. 

Stakeholder Relations and Advisory Support

Develop collaborative relationships and networks internally and externally; engage individuals and stakeholder groups in talent management programmes; management of contracts and providers (where applicable); provision of professional advice and guidance, aligned to best practice, organisational needs, corporate strategies and plans. 

Diversity & Inclusion

Proactively support, encourage and champion diversity and inclusion in talent development, and work directly with individuals engaged in talent development programmes to provide support and maximise retention. 

Professional Expertise

Develop and maintain specialist knowledge and professional expertise through proactive personal and professional development; provide talent insights and drive continuous improvement in SPS Talent Management and Development activity, including collating and analysing data and trends to inform future decisions and actions.

Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Membership of the CIPD (associate level or above) or be currently working/willing to work towards or hold an appropriate comparable qualification, or be able to demonstrate equivalent and relevant experience. 


Coaching qualification – have or be committed to working towards and achieving within 2 years of appointment.


Experience Requirements

Talent Development

Experience of design, delivery and evaluation of learning/development/talent activities or programmes.


Change & Improve

Experience of supporting and enabling change for the good of the organisation and its people through driving small incremental change/improvements, and supporting larger change initiatives/projects within an HR/L&D/Talent environment.


Project Management

Experience which demonstrates your ability to effectively and efficiently manage projects and/or multiple work streams, through planning, prioritising, adapting and monitoring of progress to deliver positive outcomes and high impact.


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Relationships & Collaboration

Evidence of ability to foster effective working relationships and work collaboratively and respectfully with a range of stakeholders and influence others to achieve desired outcomes.



Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to engage audiences face to face and through effective high quality written communications.


Personal & Professional Development

Evidence of your personal and professional development and how this has prepared and developed you for the role of Talent Development Manager.


Problem Solving and Decision Making

Ability to analyse information and develop effective and practical solutions to complex issues or situations, ensuring decisions and actions are defensible, evidence-based and appropriate.  


Role Play
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