Move 2020 Human Resources Lead
Country / Territory
Human Resources
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay: Band SMB / 9a + Benefits Location: London Contract Type: 1 year Fixed Term Contract Closing date: Monday 16th September 2019 Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


The opportunity:


In 2020 the British Council will move offices within London.  The move presents an exciting and once in a generation opportunity to move to a new global British Council headquarters which truly matches our ambition, our values and our brand; a headquarters that will represent the dynamic and vital contribution we make to global cultural relations in the 21st century.


The Move 2020 HR Lead role is part of a dedicated 3-member HR team (working with an Employee Relations Manager and HR Coordinator) that lead the move of our London workforce currently based in SW1 to EC4.  The successful applicant will lead the People Workstream for the office move due to complete in September 2020. 


Main Opportunities and challenges within role:

  • Draw on existing plans and project activities to date to build a robust and well-rounded People Workstream plan.
  • Bring a change management focus to the People Workstream, ensuring that engagement is at the heart of its activities.
  • Coach and encourage leaders and managers in London to plan a proactive role in management of their teams through the change.
  • Deliver required staffing to our new offices to time and budget. 

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • Chartered MCIPD or equivalent experience
  • Experience of leading people aspects of office / building moves
  • Relevant employee relations core knowledge and experience, including trades union consultation, and understanding of legal frameworks
  • Experience of change impact assessment and of communicating change effectively across an organisation
  • Experience of working in / with project/programme teams using relevant methodologies 

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


Role Profile.doc

British Council Behaviours.pdf



Closing date:


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before Monday 16th September 2019 (23:59 UK Time).


Interviews will be taking place week commencing 23rd or 30th September 2019.


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 the 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.




In addition to a competitive salary and pension scheme, the British Council offers: 

  • 32 days annual leave
  • £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff
  • Interest free travel season ticket loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

Equality Statement:


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 try and 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.