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People Strategy Senior Manager (12 months FTC)

People Strategy Senior Manager (12 months FTC)

  • Location(s): UK Wide
  • Salary: From £54,231 - £88,126
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Ref: R00AOR00773
  • Closing Date: 20 September 2021
  • We're happy to consider flexible working approaches for this role

We’re navigating significant and ambitious change at Nationwide, the world’s largest building society. It’s an exciting time as we evolve to a new future that sees us accelerate delivery of value to our 16 million Members and engage our 18,000 colleagues around new ways of working. Over the last year we’ve seen the difference our people make in helping our members, driven by a deep ethic of care and an unwavering purpose – a belief in what we stand for: building society, nationwide. 

As a People Strategy Senior Manager, you’ll lead the team and support the Society in effectively delivering Nationwide’s Future of Work strategy. You’ll also play a crucial role in enabling other key priorities across the broader organisational strategy. Ultimately, you’ll help create a better Society for our people, so they can build a better society for our members. 

Using your experience of effective strategic delivery, you will continually improve the way the People and Culture community (HR department) is set up to deliver against our Future of Work vision and strategy. That means evolving our operating model and ways of working so they are fit for the future, building a strong cadence and approach to strategic governance, and ensuring rigour in our reporting on our progress.

To achieve this, you’ll be outcomes-focussed and confident challenging priorities to ensure our action leads to measurable progress and impact. You’ll have a deep understanding of the dependencies, risks and trade-offs for each strategic priority, as well as how they collectively come together to achieve our Future of Work strategy and vision. You’ll also join the dots with the broader organisational strategy, purpose and values to ensure alignment and clarity.

In this role, you will have a unique and compelling opportunity to transform ways of working to ensure the department is strategic, innovative and agile – able to respond to colleague feedback, changing business needs and evolving priorities. This will require strong skills in influencing and inspiring change, as well as challenging and holding people to account so we can achieve our ambitions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in an organisation famed for its values and sense of social purpose. At Nationwide we openly put our 15 million members at the centre of every decision we make as a business. Every role, no matter what it’s doing, is member focused.

This role is within the People and Culture community, which is responsible for supporting our people and ensuring we create a culture and environment to enable the Society’s objectives of building a stronger, kinder and greener society, nationwide. 

At Nationwide we openly put our 15 million members at the centre of every decision we make as a business. Every role, no matter what it’s doing, is member focused.

Your success isn’t based on how long you spend at your desk. You’ll have contracted hours, but we’re always happy to support flexible working wherever we can. That might mean working from home or different Nationwide offices or agreeing a working pattern to help you balance work and life. We will always strive to find a way that works for everyone.

If we receive a high volume of relevant applications, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so please apply as soon as you can.

What you’ll be doing

Responsibilities in this role will include but not be limited to:

  • Continually evaluate the effectiveness of the People and Culture (HR department) operating model, embedding initiatives or changes to drive more effective ways of working and enhance departmental capabilities (e.g. agile, innovation, strategic delivery, design thinking)
  • Evolve the People and Culture community’s approach to strategic delivery, including governance and reporting, to ensure it is outcome focused and supports People & Culture to generate value
  • Develop a strong understanding of each strategic priority and how they collectively add up to achieve the desired outcomes of our Future of Work strategy, to enable strong influencing, challenge and reprioritisation
  • Ensure there is a strong strategic narrative that provides a golden thread to all people activity
  • Taking a colleague centric view to designing and delivering change   
  • Lead the team, setting the vision, empowering and energising your people to work at their full potential

About you

We’ll need you to have significant experience in leading strategic planning and delivery, as well as governance and reporting.

You’ll also need a proven track record of developing a department’s operating model and enhancing ways of working to enable successful strategic delivery and achieve desired outcomes. Experience in organisational design and Agile principles would be beneficial.  

You’ll have strong skills in enterprise leadership, not only leading your direct team but influencing across the People and Culture community, as well as the broader organisation. You’ll be confident challenging, reprioritising and ensuring focus on what will make the biggest impact.

Commercially, you’ll have strong business acumen and ability to understand the business context / readiness – to enable a tailored approach to successfully landing multiple priorities and deliverables.

It goes without saying that you’ll be an excellent communicator, able to join the dots and see the bigger picture, communicating this clearly and compellingly when engaging audiences across levels and business areas.

We’re also interested in who you are as a person. Why? Because our membership is made up of so many different kinds of people, so we want our employees to be just as diverse. We’d love to hear about:

  • Your values, and what makes you who you are
  • How you’d make a difference to our members in this role

We know applying for jobs can sometimes feel like you’re sending an application into a black hole. We review each application individually. So, it’s a good idea to call out your most relevant experience on your application to give yourself the best chance.

The extras you’ll get

There are all sorts of employee benefits available at Nationwide, including:

  • A personal pension – if you put in 7% of your salary, we’ll top up by a further 16%
  • Up to 2 days of paid volunteering a year
  • Life assurance worth 8x your salary
  • A great selection of additional benefits through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Access to an annual performance related bonus
  • Access to training to help you develop and progress your career
  • 30 days holiday , pro rata
  • Individual healthcare cover 

Why work at Nationwide

We’re a building society founded by ordinary people, our members, who came together to help each other get the most from their money, buy homes and save for their futures. For over 130 years, we’ve supported each other and our communities, and we’ve done the right thing for wider society too.

If you come to work here at Nationwide, you’ll be part of that. Part of something a bit different. And something really quite special.

What’s more, we have a strong ethic of care for each other and our members. We recognise that our employees feel most appreciated when their thoughts and values are respected and considered. We’re committed to creating a culture that recognises and truly values our individual differences and identities. So, if you’d like to be a part of an inclusive workplace where you can be yourself, where your talents are nurtured, and you feel empowered to contribute, then please apply and help us in building society, nationwide.

What to do next

If this role is for you, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button.  You’ll need to attach your up to date CV and answer a few quick questions for us. 

We respond to everyone, so we will be in contact shortly after the closing date to let you know the outcome of your application.  


People Strategy Senior Manager (12 months FTC)

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