This global manufacturing company is looking for an anything-but-run-of-the-mill learning expert, someone who’s no slouch at developing specific programs but who’s also gifted when it comes to a much broader, strategic role – someone who’s all about pushing positive change throughout the organization and who conceives of learning and development in terms of the entire culture of a company. We hope you think that sounds a lot like you, because if it does, you’re who we want to talk to.
The Nitty Gritty
As a key member of the talent management team, you’ll work closely with colleagues to establish a set of key learning/development principles from which you’ll build a broad strategic framework – based, of course, on the company’s values and goals – that will in turn give rise to a set of specific programs, tools and technologies that are high-impact and cost-effective. In each case, you’ll collaborate with internal stakeholders (from all over the company) to learn about their business-performance needs and then design a solution, owning it from ideation through the entire pilot process right through implementation and rollout (Such programs will likely include blended solutions spanning classroom, on-the-job, and learning-from-others techniques).Think of the role as having three crucial components, then: thought leadership, project management and tactical support.
Part of your strategic work will be sizing up the learning resources that are already at the company’s disposal, and standardizing them into enterprise-wide curricula. You’ll also be the embodiment of the ‘learning spirit’ within the company, seeking to spread the learning gospel throughout the culture and pushing all players to internalize your arrived-at principles. And of course you’ll keep yourself obsessively abreast of industry trends and the latest learning methodologies. On the project-management side, you’ll want to be constantly applying metrics to assess the effectiveness and ROI of your programs, which of course will feed up into your strategic decisions about what’s working and what needs to be tweaked.
Hired Gun Proﬁle
We’re really looking for a strategic innovator, someone who thrives on the energy of change, rather than a learning “purist” who would be content to maintain a static library of offerings. If you’ve been in that kind of role and are bored, that’s a good sign; if you lie abed nights thinking fond thoughts of talent management, even better; if you conceive of yourself as less of a builder of learning programs and more as a change agent, now we’re really talking.
You’ve spent eight to 10 years in learning/development and/or talent management, during which time you’ve acquired experience in assessing, designing and implementing professional and leadership development programs in a global environment. You’re a great communicator, able to elicit contributions and feedback from all quarters to the furtherance of your work. While passionate and eager, you possess a sober analytical mind which allows you to think critically and objectively about your own work, making you a master process-improver and long-term planner. Finally, you’re agile, pragmatic and quick to adapt to change.
Certification in the Prosci change-management methodology is a huge plus – not just because it means you’ve got those skills, but because it means you’re on the right track in terms of career emphasis.
This is a massive opportunity for someone who yearns to have a company-wide impact (and company-wide exposure) through a learning and development angle.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.