Part Time Learning & Development Adviser/Manager. Oxford. Initially Fixed Term - expected 6 months. £45K (Ref -1596)
Based in Oxford, and with offices in Morocco and Dubai, our client are finders and curators of hard facts, covering the entire Arab world (Middle East, Arabian Gulf and North Africa) where public information is not readily available. Their clients rely on the combination of our investigative skills and knowledge banks to establish unequivocal facts upon which intelligence is built and decisions become informed. They aim to be the largest and most comprehensive source of company information on the Arab business world available in the market. As a business they believe in clarity, authenticity, tenacity and relationships.
The role of the Learning & Development Adviser is to design and develop a comprehensive internal training programme for our clients employees at various stages in their careers. This is likely to include an induction programme for new starters, ongoing technical training as well as statutory courses on topics such as data protection and anti-bribery & corruption. The ultimate aim is to create an online portfolio of training material and tools which would be available to colleagues via a digital learning platform.
We envisage that the project would include the following phases:
Project scoping and gap analysis
- Understand our client’s core business and value proposition to clients, our values and strategic mission
- Review our career development framework, current induction programme, and other training materials
- Interview a range of employees to get a sense of their experience over the first few months at our clients as well as their ongoing training requirements
- Benchmark Our client against a number of other professional / information services firms in terms of what learning & development resources they offer
- After the first 4-5 weeks the objective would be to present the programme objectives and parameters, the terms of requirement and delivery plan
- Work with Our client’s senior management team to design the syllabus of the training programme; this is likely to be modular and to include elements of induction training, ongoing technical and commercial skills, as well as statutory instruction
- Drawing on the initial interviews with employees, as well as prior experience, determine a learning style and format that is appropriate to Our client’s culture and work rhythm
- Decide the best method for delivery of the programme, be that a digital learning platform or other, to ensure that the programme design fits with the delivery method.
- By the end of the second month of the project, the objective would be to finalise the design of the course programme
Course materials development
- Work with Our client’s founder and senior management team to develop the material for each module of the course
- Combine existing in-house knowledge with some elements of external research to ensure we are delivering training that is relevant to our own business practice, our clients’ business as well as the business environment in general
- Work with providers to ensure that training material is engaging, impactful and interactive
Testing and delivery
- Ideally, and if time allows, modules would be tested with selected employees so that user feedback can be incorporated into the programme delivery
- Liaising with potential vendors as required to ensure delivery
- Release each module as and when available
Our client are looking for a candidate with a solid grounding in learning & development, as an integral part of an HR function. Experience of designing and delivering training courses is essential, and experience of working with digital learning platforms is preferred. Experience in a professional services / information / consulting sector would be an advantage. In addition to excellent written and spoken English, Arabic and / or French language skills would be an advantage, as would knowledge and experience of the business environment in the Middle East & North Africa. This role will suit self-starters with a natural curiosity, an analytical mind and an interest in writing well. Tenacity and a sense of humour are also desirable qualities. The successful candidate will be educated at least to degree level.
Reporting to the CFO, the Learning & Development adviser will initially be a part-time (flexible hours), fixed term role but there is clear potential for the right candidate to extend - either into a focused long-term L&D role or into a more generalist HR function. Based in Oxford, this role is being offered with a flexible working pattern and is envisaged to require circa 24 hours (3 days) per week. A salary of c£45K FTE is available.