POD Trainer - People and Organisational Development

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Jan 11, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

People and Organisational Development

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7

Full Time FTC until 29 February 2024

Closing date 15 January 2021

Job Summary

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced trainer to work in a leading Russell Group university. Working in a proactive POD team, you will design, deliver and evaluate a mix of programmes to staff throughout the University. To apply for this role, it is essential you have experience of both the design and delivery of training programmes.

Main Duties
  • Assisting with design of University-wide learning and development interventions
  • Designing interventions such as team-building events
  • Delivering the POD core suite of programmes
  • Promoting the use of on-line learning
  • Assisting with evaluation of the POD programme
  • Coaching colleagues on a 1-1 and group basis

Person Specification

The POD trainer will have the following combined experience and personal qualities:

  • A degree or equivalent
  • A relevant professional qualification in training e.g. PG Cert, C&G trainer or CIPD training element.
  • Ideally an ILM certificate or diploma in Management at level 3.
  • Ideally, coaching accreditation by a recognised body e.g. ILM7
  • Ideally qualifications in one or two psychometric instruments e.g. MBTI

  • Experienced trainer who can deliver a wide range of different leadership, management and interpersonal interventions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including political astuteness, tact and diplomacy
  • A relevant training qualification or equivalent
  • An understanding of the whole learning and development cycle
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience of coaching, preferably qualified
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • A high degree of initiative, personal judgement, resourcefulness, resilience, flexibility and a self-motivating approach
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to meet challenging and sometimes competing demands

  • CIPD member or equivalent professional body
  • Qualified to BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality: MBTI practitioner

Skills and Experience
  • Experienced trainer who can deliver a wide range of different interventions
  • Basic understanding of the whole learning and development cycle, including needs analysis and evaluation.
  • Able to get the detail right, ensuring that all interventions are delivered to the highest standard, working closely with the POD administration team.
  • Coaching skills, with an ability to work at middle / senior management levels across with academic related and academic staff.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience of working in a team of L&D/OD professionals, knowing how best to contribute to the general direction of the team, while retaining full responsibility for one's own interventions.
  • Able to exercise discretion and tact in dealing with matters of a highly confidential nature.
  • Good IT skills, and an ability to learn new IT software, to help enhance the quality of POD's delivery.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
  • An ability to multi-task and manage priorities.
  • A good team worker with the ability to work effectively with staff at different levels of the organisation.

Personal Characteristics
  • An understanding of and demonstrable curiosity for both higher education and learning and development.
  • A willingness to learn from other experienced team members and a strong desire to continuous professional development.
  • A high degree of initiative, personal judgement, resourcefulness, resilience, flexibility and self-organised.
  • The ability to balance the demands of longer term versus short term demands. The ability to take direction on complex tasks as required.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to meet challenging and competing demands.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including political astuteness, tact and diplomacy.


Strategic Thinking and Perspective
  • Demonstrates understanding of the factors in higher education impacting on the University and applies this to own work.
  • Organisational Understanding

    • Demonstrates understanding of how the University operates and a sensitivity to its political and organisational priorities, and applies this to own work.
    • Communication

      Working Collaboratively
      Performance and Resource Management


      The POD trainer will work with a range of people, including:
      Uses a range of communication skills and strategies to gain commitment to action or change.
      • Displays awareness of own impact and tact and diplomacy.
      • The ability to work confidently with senior members of the University and to communicate effectively with all levels of staff.
      • Demonstrates collaborative working, builds open, trusting and effective partnerships.
      • Promotes knowledge sharing, assistance to others and constructive challenge as appropriate.
      • Actively manages programmes of work to achieve quality standards and targets.
      • Ensures priorities are balanced, taking appropriate action to keep things on track.
      • POD colleagues
      • AD- POD
      • Director of HR
      • HRLT / HRMT
      • Other members of the HR team
      • Academic and professional staff across the University
      • External suppliers e.g. ILM

Informal enquires to Paul Compton, email: p.n.compton@bham.ac.uk

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