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Learning & Development Partner

Development Partner – Oxford – Competitive Salary – Ref: 21187

Development Partner

We are looking for an experienced In-House Learning & Development specialist to support the Global Head of Leadership, Coaching & Development, and build upon the already established L&D function, working in alignment with the business to make a positive impact and affect change within this global group of companies.

Development Partner Responsibilities

The Development Partner’s main duties will include:

  • Analysing the existing L&D offer, identify gaps and synergies and offer suggestions for improvements
  • Undertake training needs analysis using HRIS and provide specialist advice linked to the skills gaps and career growth plans
  • Creation of a mentor and future leadership programme
  • Coaching Managers on effective performance management and development conversations
  • Talent level restructuring with a focus on skills and development
  • Talent management and succession planning
  • Change management to enhance skills development and career frameworks
  • Manage existing suppliers and scope new suppliers
  • Support recruitment strategy with personality type profiling and skills assessments

Development Partner Experience

The ideal candidate will possess strong technical and tactical knowledge and previous experience working with team leaders on linking skills and structures to job roles. Passionate about knowledge sharing, you will be working with the business to identify knowledge shortages and building a plan for knowledge sharing. You willpossess a degree in a relevant discipline or similar level of knowledge gained through relevant work experienceand a certificate in training practice, CIPD Level 5 or equivalent.

You will have demonstrable experience of multiple stakeholder management and the credibility to influence and advise on L&D strategy with a partnership approach to developing learning solutions. You will be looking to progress in your career working with a mentor to move up to the next level as a global lead.

With a proven and demonstrable working experience of talent assessment and succession planning within the UK and internationally you will be knowledgeable on organisation design and restructures with a focus on skills and development. You will possess a “coach” rather than “tell” approach and be a good listener with clear communication skills and a collaborative nature.

Strong organisational and analytical skills are essential as is the ability to manage and meet tight deadlines. A high energy, outgoing, enthusiastic, and engaging professional who works well using own initiative to achieve goals and a proactive, can-do attitude who enjoys working in a dynamic environment and can ‘talk from experience’ not only understanding the theoretical models but also demonstrating experience of linking them to actual working strategy.

This is a varied role as the day to day ‘go to’ person for learning, development and coaching activity and would be great for somebody who is looking to progress in their own career whilst developing others.

This role would take ownership of working with UK based employees, using HRIS and LMS systems to analyse and evaluate training needs and linking the development plans with the business objectives and training initiatives, using a blended learning approach. The L&D Partner would be the subject matter expert on the ground, providing a service that meets the current and future needs of the business, to ensure learning solutions are delivered that are engaging and impactful. The ideal candidate must be able to articulate their previous experience within a similar in-house L&D role, where they have successfully used HRIS and LMS systems for skills gap analysis and training needs analysis to support growth and development. This role requires excellent technical expertise and you must be able to demonstrate real life examples of conducting TNA including the technical steps taken to get there from gathering, collating and inputting data through to decision making.

The Development Partner will have the opportunity to assist with the in-person delivery of some of the programmes internationally to enhance the development offer globally. You would also be involved in the creation of the mentor and future leadership programme.

Previous line management experience is essential. Previous experience within a large organisation within a similar industry such as manufacturing, engineering, food retail for example would be advantageous.

Development Partner Benefits

Alongside a competitive salary, car allowance and pension there are some wonderful benefits to joining this company including 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, flexible working, wellbeing benefits and a free on-site gym.


The Oxford office is in OX2. They offer hybrid working with 2 days a week in the office and the remaining 3 days working from home. There is a team day every THURSDAY in the OXFORD office and a fortnightly meeting in the Thame office that would need to be attended in person. There are monthly (now mostly quarterly) meetings in Yorkshire and Newcastle and so you must be prepared to travel to these office locations as required. There is potential for international travel to deliver training solutions as global travel becomes more accessible.

The Company

This is a hands-on role with international focus within a stable, family organisation.


Allen Associates is a leading recruitment company with offices in Oxfordshire and West London, recruiting for Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and PA/Administrative roles. Allen Associates operates as an Employment Agency for permanent recruitment and an Employment Business for temporary recruitment. For more information on current vacancies please visit and like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Oxford, England, UK