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Senior Leadership

Head of Learning, Leadership and Talent – 46130
£43,958 - £59,000
Multiple Locations


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:


The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), responsible for registering Lasting Powers of Attorney and supervising deputies who are appointed by the Court of Protection. Lasting Powers of Attorney gives people the power to choose who will be their voice and act in their best interests if they lose the ability to make certain decisions for themselves such as health and finances. Our vision is to make lasting powers of attorney accessible, affordable and essential for future planning, while providing world class services for everyone in society.

Our people are at the heart of delivering these essential services to the public and it’s this purpose that binds us together, unites us and drives us forward. 

The Head of Learning, Leadership and Talent is a brand-new role so you will have the opportunity to really make your mark and help us shape our future. As part of OPG’s People Services team you will be at the heart of enabling OPG to deliver excellent services and ensure our people have the skills and development they need to be the best they can be in their current roles and future careers. It’s an exciting time to be joining the People Services function as we launch our new People Strategy – OPG’s People Promise and transform the way we deliver our services in the future. You will be joining a supportive and friendly team where we focus not just on what we do but how we do it. We are inclusive in everything we do and embrace diverse ways of working so that everyone is able to flourish. As a team we interact, build trust and support each other with humanityto be our best selves at work and we recognise and celebrate our successes together. 

As our new Head of Learning, Leadership and Talent you will lead the Learning and Leadership Development and Talent teams within OPG’s People Services function. You will:

  • ensure the delivery of high quality, high impact learning and development programmes that strengthen individual and organisational capability,
  • set the strategic direction for the development of leadership skills that build leadership capability across the business
  • lead OPG’s talent strategy, creating a pipeline of future leaders and promoting a culture of continuous learning, improvement and growth within our organisation. 

Do you have the experience and skills needed to succeed in this exciting and challenging role? Are you passionate about creating development opportunities for all, positive about the difference you can make and an inclusive, values-driven leader for whom work is about more than just picking up your pay cheque every month? If you are, then this is the role for you and we would love to hear from you.

Job description 

Reporting into OPG’s Head of People Services, the Head of Learning, Leadership and Talent is an influential and business critical role. You will lead a centre of excellence for learning, leadership development, and talent which will make a significant contribution to shaping the future of OPG. ‘Developing ourselves’ and ‘Great Leaders’ are two of the key strategic themes within our newly developed People Strategy and you will be responsible for key projects delivering measurable outcomes within each of these strategic themes.  You will develop key partnerships across OPG working collaboratively to ensure the right learning, leadership development and talent pipelines are in place to support delivery of departmental priorities. You will also work closely with colleagues within the MOJ and in the Cabinet Office to ensure alignment with wider Civil Service priorities. 

You will be responsible for translating organisational strategy into learning, capability, leadership development and talent solutions, putting in place the right support to deliver effective outcomes.

You will need to be strategic and have confidence in your own expertise as you balance the broader departmental priorities against the needs of our stakeholders.

A member of the Senior People Services leadership team, you will also deputise for the Head of People as required. Demonstrating excellent leadership skills and living our values of humanity, openness, togetherness and purpose, you will be an inspirational, inclusive and engaging leader, supporting, developing and directing your team to deliver excellent results for the business. 

You will be knowledgeable on the latest learning, leadership development and talent development theories, with a continuous improvement mind-set to ensure that we are developing new and innovative methods of developing our people.  You will need to balance the bespoke, specialist needs of different directorates with an overall strategy which maximises opportunities for consistent standards and a shared approach. 

You will be highly capable, flexible, driven and an organised leader who is able to see the bigger picture as well as having a high level of energy and attention to detail. You will bring experience of leading learning development and talent teams across complex organisations and working with wide-ranging stakeholders and delivery partners.  You will be experienced in translating organisational strategy into learning, capability and talent solutions and putting in place the right support to deliver effective outcomes. 

As a department we have a clear commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and are dedicated to creating a truly engaging, collaborative and inclusive culture. We would therefore welcome applications that are representative of the society we serve. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the delivery of high quality, high impact learning and development programmes that strengthen individual and organisational capability
  • Oversee the development of OPG’s Academy, learning, development and skills programmes that improve knowledge, skills and abilities, enabling our people and services to be the best they can be
  • Set the strategic direction for the development of leadership skills that builds and strengthens leadership capability across the business
  • Lead OPG’s talent strategy, creating a pipeline of future leaders and promote a culture of continuous learning, improvement and growth within our organisation, MOJ and wider
  • Undertake capability assessments that project future needs and develop capability plans to address these needs
  • Develop collaborative working with business leads and senior stakeholders
  • Ensure robust quality assurance processes are in place
  • Utilise data and an evidenced based approach to measure, monitor and report capability and related people performance metrics
  • Manage delegated budgets with propriety, ensuring maximum value for money
  • Represent OPG people services at MOJ and wider Civil Service Leadership, Learning and talent forums
  • Provide visible and effective leadership that drives continuous improvement and delivers service excellence
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the skill set of this post and grade 

Essential Criteria: 

Candidates will need to provide evidence of the following essential criteria throughout the selection process:

  1. Excellent leadership skills, able to take a leading role in initiating action, making decisions, managing performance, promoting inclusive team working and being part of collective leadership success. You have a proven track record of leading diverse teams delivering effective outcomes that demonstrate business impact.
  2. Excellent stakeholder management and the proven ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders at all levels, including very senior stakeholders, to achieve the best outcomes.
  3. You have a track record of operating in relevant roles with proven ability to partner and advise senior stakeholders on learning, leadership development and talent management initiatives delivering evidence-based results.  
  4. Strong partnering and consultancy skills with the ability to grasp diverse customer needs and find collaborative solutions.
  5. A commitment to diversity and inclusion, incorporating strategies to build long term transformation into organisational practices.
  6. Strategic thinking able to analyse complex organisational issues and relevant data to inform decision making and create practical solutions. Utilise evidence to improve organisational learning, leadership capability and talent development offer.

Desirable skills:

  • Membership of the CIPD and/or a recognised CIPD qualification is desirable, but not essential.

Application process

This recruitment will follow the Success Profiles process. You are invited to complete a Personal Statement (of up to 750 words) and a CV section. Your Personal Statement and CV will be considered by the selection panel against the Essential and Desirable Experience and Skills required for this role as set out above. You will also be required to provide examples to evidence the following Civil Service Behaviours (250 words each)

  1. Developing self and others
  2. Delivering at Pace
  3. Managing a quality service.

Please note that in the event that the volume of applications received exceeds expectations we may sift on the personal statement alone.

If you are successful at sift, you will be invited to an interview which will follow the Success Profiles process. At interview candidates should expect Strength-based questions, Experience-based questions and questions relating to the following Civil Service Behaviours:

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Managing a quality service

You will also be asked to prepare a short presentation for the interview followed by a Q&A (further information will be shared with shortlisted candidates). You will be assessed against Experience, as well as the following Civil Service Behaviours;

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.