Organisation Design & Effectiveness Manager
Flexible Location
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Human Resources
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Senior Management Broadband, SMPS Location: UK Flexible – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London & Manchester Contract type: Indefinite Contract Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Sunday, 17th Feb, 2019 Please note – For London Location, our headquarters will relocate to Westfield, Stratford – E20

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Our Global HR team (where this role sits) helps the British Council achieve its corporate goals by developing a global workforce that puts the right people, with the right skills, in the right place.


Through what we do, we are creating a positive and engaging place to work; a place that values its people and their diversity, and where colleagues feel inspired and enabled to deliver their best. We work in partnership to build our people’s skills and ability, and provide the support they need, when they need it.



The opportunity:


This role sits with the Organisation Design & Effectiveness Centre of Expertise to enable organisation and culture change in line with the strategic direction and to ensure consistency of delivery of people strategies that provide a sustainable platform for organisation development. This role reports to the Director of Organisation Design and Change.


The Organisation Design & Effectiveness Manager partners with colleagues across the organisation to provide expertise, support and advice to identify, scope and deliver initiatives that translate new business demands into effective operating models and ways of working.


Successful delivery requires pro-active engagement with Management Board members, Senior Managers and teams across the business.  The successful individual is required to connect with colleagues across a diverse range of organisation units to ensure that changes are clear, understood and ready for delivery.

We welcome applications externally from UK and for Internal candidates, we would consider candidates from the region who meet the essential criterias. 


What we require of the successful candidate:                                                     


- Significant experience designing and delivering organisation design and development initiatives to drive performance

- Track record of supporting and influencing strategic programmes of change to deliver positive commercial and impact outcomes

- Ability to draw on extensive knowledge of a variety of management principles, practices, processes and techniques to facilitate sustainable change.

- Expert organisation design

Strong understanding of culture change and how to enable it across dispersed organisation

-  Excellent commercial acumen and understanding of business strategy and practices

- Demonstrable ability to shape forward plans, taking into account strategy, risks and impact.

-  Flexibility, independence, initiative and resilience to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment



If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:


British Council Behaviours.pdf

BC Core Skills.pdf



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by Sunday 17th of Feb, 2019 (23:59)


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.