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Head of Assessment Workforce WJEC-CBAC

WJEC are seeking a strategic individual to lead the Assessment Workforce team in engaging and attracting a talented workforce to deliver fair, valid, and reliable assessments for customers and learners.

  • Location: Hybrid / Cardiff
  • Salary: £58,590 - £60,939

Who we are

As Wales’ largest awarding body, WJEC provides trusted bilingual qualifications, straightforward specialist support, and reliable assessment to schools and colleges across the country. With more than 70 years of experience, they are also amongst the leading providers in both England and Northern Ireland.

We employ over 450 diverse, skilled and knowledgeable individuals, who strive to provide high quality services to all stakeholders. Our working environment is founded on the principles of honesty, equality and fairness. We pride ourselves on working relationships which are based on trust, which enables the organisation to flourish and succeed.

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About the role

As the Head of Assessment Workforce, you will be responsible for analysing WJEC’s current workforce needs, determine future workforce demands and create a strategic plan to ensure their assessment workforce is contracted in the right way to deliver consistent and robust short-term and long-term objectives.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Appointee team in liaison with other relevant teams to ensure the recruitment, selection and onboarding of our assessment workforce is delivered efficiently.
  • Review and create strong, robust, and consistent contracts for all appointees through continuous review and improvement. considering contractual approaches of competitors and other contracting environments
  • Develop regulatory reports to evidence the required assessment workforce is in place to deliver assessments and awarding on time.

The Head of Assessment Workforce is an interesting and varied role where you will lead, review and implement a range of policies and procedures to ensure WJEC’s assessment workforce remains engaged, high-performing and retained.

This role is a hybrid post where the successful candidate will be able to split their time between the Cardiff WJEC offices and working from home, subject to personal preference and business needs.

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will have experience of workforce planning and designing effective recruitment and engagement strategies.

The Head of Assessment Workforce will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead teams and collaborate with other business areas to deliver objectives.

In addition, you must have an in-depth knowledge of employment status and contracting seasonal workers/contractors to support business deliverables. An understanding of the education sector and assessment workforce would be highly desirable.

Benefits of working with WJEC

At WJEC, we provide ourselves on being an inclusive and supportive place to work. We also offer a range of excellent benefits including:

The highlights include:

  • 25 days of annual leave, 8 bank holidays and closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Learning and Development opportunities
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Family-friendly policies
  • Flexible working
  • Free parking


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Polly Mortimer

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    Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 6th May 2024
    Interviews: Monday 20th May 2024

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