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Head of Learning & Development – The Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers

Institution of Structural Engineers - membership recruitment

We're looking for someone who comes with strong commercial and financial understanding with evidence of development of commercial strategies.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: c£75k gross per annum subject to experience
Membership recruitment - Institution of Structural Engineers

About this role

Location: Bastwick St, London EC1V 3PS
Salary: c£75k gross per annum subject to experience

Ready to take on your next challenge in our newly created Head of Learning & Development? Serving as an inspirational and highly-skilled leader you will combine existing teams within the organisation to form a new department to build, lead and manage a commercially focused Learning and Development Centre.

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. We’re a recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment. Our diverse team of circa 65 staff support a member base of 32,000 across 105 countries and growing!

You’ll help to deliver a portfolio of products and services which support career-long learning aligned to specific career stages. The position will play a key role in creating a case for each product, service or portfolio ensuring they meet high levels of commercial return. You’ll oversee the operational management of the publications, library and information, training, events, sponsorship and front of house departments to ensure maximised revenue, balanced with effective spend and the charitable needs of the organisation.

Head of Learning & Development

Crucially, you will act as an ambassador for the Institution, building and managing relationships and alliances with other membership and like-minded organisations to develop new and existing commercial opportunities both L&D focused and otherwise.

We are searching for someone who comes with strong commercial and financial understanding with evidence of development of commercial strategies. You will have demonstrable experience of delivering a complex programme of activity in a large-scale organisation within challenging timescales. A firm grasp of the role marketing plays in commercial activity will be important, as will knowledge and understanding of data analysis and performance/operation metrics. Critical to the role is the ability to balance commercial and organisational needs and the nuance between financial and charitable needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful individual to both develop their career and help us mature and expand our commercial learning and development products to take them to the next level. If you feel you’re the person that can help us get there, then we want to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners: John Powley (E: john@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07399 528307) or James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405444)

To view the full job information pack, please visit the ‘HOW TO APPLY’ page.

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 17th June 2019

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Dear Applicant,

Membership recruitment - Simon Flanagan

Thank you very much for your interest in the position of Head of Learning and Development at the Institution of Structural Engineers.

This is a new position for the Institution which will bring together and lead existing teams within the organisation to form a new holistic and more efficient Learning and Development team. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful individual to both develop their career and help us mature and expand our commercial learning and development products to take them to the next level.

The Institution’s current suite of excellent learning and development products includes over 100 training courses a year, a suite of publication products including our monthly magazine and a well-respected academic journal, world class events and a sponsorship programme to support these products.  These principally cater for our members. As the largest worldwide professional body, singularly devoted to structural engineering and with members across the globe, one of the important next steps for L&D will be ensuring more and more of our products can be accessed internationally and by non-members.

This role reports to me and is a great, challenging and rewarding opportunity.

I joined the Institution in late 2018, as the final stage of a very positive senior management restructure and am impressed by the great work of our teams.

I am looking for someone who can be part of our team, bringing people together, and working well with others to get the best out of our talented workforce. Someone who can respect, maintain and improve existing products, and also look at things with a fresh pair of eyes to identify new products and new markets, capitalising on the Institutions reputation and wealth of knowledge to create products for those working in and around structural engineering but who are not structural engineers. We require an individual with good commercial instinct but also with the ability to balance this with the charitable imperatives of the organisation.

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel you have the skills, experience and expertise we’re looking for and would like the opportunity to help drive change at the Institution whilst keeping us at the forefront of the structural engineering profession.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners.

Regards,

Simon Flanagan
Chief Operating Officer, The Institution of Structural Engineers

The world's largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering

With over 32,000 members working in 105 countries, the Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

The core work of the Institution is to support and protect the profession by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.

Our values

The Institution of Structural Engineers has three core values in which our work is focused. These areas aim to support the role of the structural engineer around the world and help to ensure that the environment we build will inspire future generations.

Professional standards

We endeavour to ensure that our members are highly skilled and work to the highest level by maintaining a commitment to professional standards within structural engineering.

We strive for continued technical excellence; advancing safety and innovation across the built environment.

Governance

The Institution of Structural Engineers is governed under its Royal Charter, by-laws and the applicable regulations.

The Institution Council consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, past Presidents, representatives of regional groups and members who are elected for a period of three years. The Board is the governing body of the Institution – its members are the Institution’s Trustees.

Why work for the Institution?

Working for the Institution of Structural Engineers is an opportunity to learn, develop and make a difference.

Join our team of approximately 65 employees and help support our vision to lead, support and nurture the development of structural engineering worldwide.

Our head office is only a short walk from Barbican, Old Street and Farringdon. It’s bright, modern and open-plan, supporting a collaborative environment.

We pride ourselves on the flexibility we can provide to our staff and offer a wide variety of benefits to enhance your work life balance and wellbeing as detailed later in this pack.

To thrive with us, bring:

  • An open-minded and flexible approach. Enhance our diverse and inclusive team.
  • A creative attitude to work. Help us strengthen and improve in a workplace where you are encouraged to innovate and share new ideas.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment. Provide our members with the best service possible to maintain our worldwide respected status.
  • A friendly and communicative approach. Fit in to our small organisation where staff know each other well and strive to work collaboratively.
  • The ambition to take on new challenges. We always look to the future to embrace change, so we continue to evolve.

Our objectives

Institution of structural engineers - membership recruitment - Peridot

In order to support our vision, the Institution focuses delivery through two headline concepts: Competence and Communities.

An Institution committed to competency recognises the responsibilities of a structural engineer and the importance of safety when it comes to structures built by our members. We are active in continuing to provide a wide range of opportunities to our members for them to develop.

We provide career long development & learning through the:

  • Launch & promotion of the Institution online structural behavioural examination
  • Development of Continued Professional Qualifications

To ensure we are internationally comparable, we are:

  • Aligning our examinations with industry and world standards and trends
  • Ensuring examination comparability with international tests of competency
  • Encouraging peer review assessments
  • Reviewing academic standards

A community Institution recognises the ongoing needs of our international members and the added value of communities and networks. We aim to bring together our global community through:

  • Creation of digital platforms & enhanced capabilities to use social media channels
  • Breadth of membership: overhaul of membership and fee grouping structure
  • Regional Communities
  • Engineering & Technical Communities

More information:

The Institution of Structural Engineers website
Annual reports and accounts

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

John Powley on john@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07399 528307 or James Hunt on james@peridotpartners.co.uk or 07711 405444.

To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification. We kindly ask that your CV and supporting statement should be no more than two pages each and should be sent in Word format in one document (thus no more than four pages total).

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of Learning & Development, Institution of Structural Engineers” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 17th June 2019
Peridot preliminary interviews: Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th June
IStructE – first stage interviews: w/c Monday 8th July
IStructE – final stage: early w/c Monday 22nd July

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