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Organisational Development Lead

The Role

Do you have great skills and experience in Organisational Development? 

Can you help ensure Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are known as an employer of choice?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

Our Organisational Development team is looking to recruit an experienced Organisational Development (OD) professional to play a central role in achieving positive outcomes for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils and all our staff!

About us

This is an exciting period for OD in the Shared Staffing Arrangement that supports the Councils.  As we move towards the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, OD is working in collaboration with staff to develop and introduce a new agile model of working that combines all the benefits of working from Council sites with the best of home-working and being out in our communities.  This will involve reinventing how we communicate, how we support new staff and the diversity of needs of existing staff and how we help staff to develop strong networks across the organisation, among lots of other areas.  We also want to learn lessons from the pandemic and will feed these into a review of our Values and Behaviours and to develop a competency framework.

We are also introducing a structured approach to ‘employee voice’ and are analysing the results of our first set of engagement to ensure the organisation is well-positioned as an ‘employer of choice’.   

All this is alongside our other OD work supporting apprenticeships, our graduate programme and wider staff development, and ongoing work to ensure that Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are a great place to work.

About the role

You’ll play a key role in taking this work forward, particularly introducing measures to ensure that all staff feel the value and purpose of their work and are focused on supporting the organisation to achieve its overarching objectives, all in the new context of agile working.

The role also has a strong emphasis on work to support staff development and progression and you will have responsibility for engaging with managers, staff and training providers to encourage the use of apprenticeships in the Councils, as well as providing HR support to the graduate scheme.  You will also lead on developing new approaches to support career development. Expect to be busy!

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your CV and personal statement (no longer than two sides of A4) will clearly evidence how you meet the criteria listed within the Job Profile (see attached at the bottom of the advert).

Contact details

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role, please contact Sarah Goodwin by email at


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: Sunday 11:59pm on Sunday 11th July 2021
  • Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 12th July 2021
  • Interview Date: Monday 19th July 2021 (the interview will involve a presentation followed by an interview)

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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