Leadership and Management Development Consultant (Interim) - Working for Essex
Salary: £500 - £550 per day umbrella
Closing date: 21 Jul 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17431
Role: Human Resources
About the role

Leadership and Management Development Consultant (Interim)

Temporary (6 months), Full Time

£500 - £550 per day umbrella

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Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 21st July 2024

Please note that the requirement to attend our Chelmsford based offices will be on a business needs basis but typically 1-2 times per week.

The Opportunity

The Council aspires to become a learning organisation and to be far more pioneering and agile than now – we want innovation and learning to take centre stage.

Underpinning our workforce strategy is the recognition that we need to strengthen our leadership and management capabilities and significantly strengthen the capabilities required for what is needed now and for the future.

This role will translate current and future leadership and management development needs at all levels in the organisation (from executive development to early-career stages), into innovative, aligned and practical programs and learning interventions to support the development of leaders and managers so they are ready to deliver the organisation strategy.

A deep subject matter expert, the Leadership and Management Development Senior Consultant will combine a robust understanding of current and future leadership and management capabilities requirements, with the practical ability to design and deliver forward thinking innovative leadership and management programmes.

This role works collaboratively across People & Transformation maximising the contribution, value and credibility this practice makes throughout the organisation, both through own efforts and by supporting the activities of other teams.


  • Lead the design and implementation of leadership and management development solutions, to ensure they are future-focused, relevant, innovative, cost effective and aligned to functional business plans.
  • Responsible for externally procuring, as appropriate, the design and delivery of specific programs, providing the necessary contract management and quality assurance.
  • Deliver agreed leadership and management development solutions (e.g. specific events). This may include executive coaching, facilitation, delivery of highly energised workshops, or consultancy advice to ODP and/or other teams in the organisation to identify tailored solutions.
  • Supports the implementation of our Talent development strategy, ensuring the Talent needs identified across the organisation are properly addressed through our leadership & management development initiatives.
  • Responsible for establishing robust leadership and management development impact measurement for any of the programs/initiatives designed and implemented, able to utilise people insights and evidence of impact on performance (individual and organisational).
  • Explore and develop collaborative approaches to strengthening leadership and management capabilities across the wider Essex County, to support the delivery of the Essex Vision, developing key partnerships when appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively across People & Transformation to build an aligned and relevant service for the organisation. To work in close collaboration with the People Business Partnering teams to support the design and implementation of cross-cutting programs.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework through engagement in professional supervision.

The Experience you will bring;

  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to deliver at pace
  • Significant technical expertise in Leadership and Management Development (from executive development to entry level positions), balanced with an ability to pragmatically execute relevant programmes.
  • Proven ability to solve complex problems, conduct research/break new ground, develop new applications and provide expert support for other practitioners.
  • Sound expertise in designing and applying impact evaluation to leadership and management development programs, with a bias towards evidence-based practice and use of people insight to design interventions.
  • Practical experience in learning and business needs consulting, able to guide stakeholders through a shared and collaborative decision making process, working at all levels within a matrix organisation.
  • Confident facilitation and delivery of workshops, events or development interventions, with the ability to create engaging content.
  • Strong diagnostic, problem solving, and analytical skills; ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to focus on critical issues to balance and respond to competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects that cut across multiple services and teams, from inception through completion.
  • Coaching qualification desirable

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email Thea.Towers@essex.gov.uk

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