Organisational Development Project Manager

Closing date: 31 January 2023 | Salary: £41,150 - £46,147 (Grade 7)Location: Flexible

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week. 

Post number: 203449

As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.

You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.

Job Description

We are looking for an organisational development expert to work on projects in the People Transformation Programme. This role is in the Organisational Development Team.

You will deliver specialist expertise across a range of Organisational Development projects to develop our organisational culture, the personal and professional development of people across NRW in line with our values. These projects will be part of the People Transformation Programme and interface with the workforce plan, the staff engagement plan and the leadership and development plan.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include to:

  • Effectively deliver projects and adhere to NRW’s Project Management process.
  • Manage business improvement work in a prioritised, time allocated manner.
  • Development of organisation policy/procedures aligned to the People Strategy.
  • Analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to people at all levels, who may not fully understand the technical/ specialist nature of the information. This will include work to create dashboards and the process which will ensure the dashboard data is accurate/used appropriately to make decisions.
  • Management of large projects. Decisions may be made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post-holder’s area of work, and/or where the consequence of taking wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation. 
  • Produce complex documents, reports, dashboards etc.
  • Data and content may need to be sourced from multiple locations or sources, entailing external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.
  • Work will involve written and verbal communication and/or leading key projects, which will have a high degree of complexity requiring good communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving input and complex technical or specialist advice. There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Mentoring skills to ensure improvement/project work is embedded as best practice.
  • Potentially required to take part in incident response activities.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:

  1. CIPD qualified or equivalent with considerable experience or working as a Learning and Development practitioner or manager with a track record of developing talent.
  2. Recognised qualification in Project Management (e.g. Prince 2) and experience managing projects.
  3. Practical experience of delivering Organisational Development projects such as talent development, succession planning, competency frameworks, career pathways.
  4. Knowledge and practical understanding of corporate and project risk and benefits management.
  5. Ability to write and present reports and other documents suitable for NRW Board, experts and staff. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  6. Well-developed collaborative working and negotiation skills.
  7. Able to matrix manage and work as part of or lead work with people who have range of technical skills and specialisms.
  8. Excellent organisational skills.

Welsh language requirements

Essential: Level 1 – Able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement i.e., ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Competencies

Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Relevant substantial experience will have been gained from working in a number of different organisations or in different roles or functions within a single organisation.
  • Post holders are employed primarily for their advanced specialist/technical knowledge. The post holder will also need to be able to think strategically.
  • Post holder will demonstrate good mentoring skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • The post holder will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels, who may not fully understand the technical/ specialist nature of the information.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • The post holder is responsible for making independent decisions based on input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy considering the range of options available and their potential implications for the business. Post holders will be involved in the development of organisation policy and may contribute to the development of strategy.
  • The work may involve the management of large projects or smaller less complex programmes of work. Decisions may be made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post-holder’s area of work, and/or where the consequence of taking wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. 
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes of some decisions will not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions made by the post holder is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.

Impact

  • There is a reliance on the specialist/technical knowledge and contribution of the post holder and their decisions and actions will influence others. The post holder will typically work across the organisation designing and/or managing a number of services and/or providing in depth technical/specialist expertise
  • The consequences of their decision making/ action will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.
  • The post holder will be responsible for identifying and managing reputational risks.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The work will involve written and verbal communication and/or leading key projects, which will have a high degree of complexity requiring good communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving input and complex technical or specialist advice – including around legislative changes - and steering the direction of discussion or activities. There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Content will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Data and content may need to be sourced from multiple locations or sources, entailing external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.

Benefits of working for us

This role will offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Agile and flexible working (role dependent) 
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
  • Generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
  • Health and wellbeing benefits and support
  • Weekly well-being hour to use as you choose
  • Competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay

See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.

How to apply

Please send a completed application form to: Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date: 31 January 2023

Interviews will take place through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Victoria Watson at Victoria.watson@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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