Performance Development Consultant
Flexible Location
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Human Resources
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Pay: Band 7 - £26,406-£33,112 + Benefits Location: Flexible location - Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast Contract Type: IDC / Permanent Contract Hours: 36 or 29 hours (this role is open to applicants on a 5 or 4 day working week) Closing date: Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 23:59 UK Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

The opportunity:


The global HR team is undergoing a significant transformation to position it more effectively to support the rapidly changing needs of the British Council.


The Transforming HR programme will:

  • Enable the HR organisation to operate at a level that ensures that our organisation’s people have the skills and capabilities to lead the British Council in this challenging environment to meet its vision and aspirations for 2025.
  • Provide a core bedrock on which sound HR services can deliver strategic people management initiatives that provide benefit to our people.
  • Ensure HR operations are underpinned by digitally enabled HR services that provide better experience for users, with a properly embedded infrastructure that allows us to deliver changes to talent management, performance management and leadership. 

The purpose of this role is to manage the annual performance development cycle including; developing project and communication plans and materials, overseeing system changes, monitoring progress and completion rates, analysing data and producing system reports, managing the calibration process, answering queries from line managers and providing expert advice and guidance where needed.


Main responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Business and global HR colleagues to build networks, coach, guide and provide expert advice on all performance management matters
  • Develop and maintain compliance to performance management processes and ensure a global alignment takes place
  • Support the Transforming HR team in the implementation of the new performance management system, framework and processes across the organisation globally
  • Ensure any review or implementation of performance management systems and processes, is completed in a consultative manner considering the impact of our global staff population and where required conduct an ESIA (equality screening impact assessment) 
  • Provide an assurance role in ensuring global consistency is applied with the implementation of performance management processes, ensuring they are fair and equitable
  • Support in the shaping of policies, frameworks and guidelines for organisation-wide objective setting
  • Work with comm’s business partner to ensure performance management processes and changes are widely and appropriately communicated in a timely manner 

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • CIPD or equivalent qualification in HR or Performance Management
  • Proven ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge and experience of managing performance development implementation and change
  • IT competent, good understanding of Microsoft Office programmes (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)

It would be desirable to also possess the following:

  • Project management qualification
  • Experience of implementing performance development system change 

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


Role Profile - Performance Development Consultant.docx

British Council Behaviours.pdf




Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme

32 Days Holiday

Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan

Annual Performance related bonus


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 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, and finance as a function is absolutely committed to this. 


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 Wednesday 11th December 2019, closing at 23:59 UK time.

Interviews are planned for 19th / 20th December.