Talent Manager

Position: Talent Manager
Reporting to: Head of Business Development
Location: Sidcup, Greater London (partial remote working arrangement)
Starting Salary: £32,000 to £36,000 per annum (commensurate with experience) plus benefits

Are you an exceptionally motivated professional, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in talent management that can be applied to the field of international development? Then join a growing Business Development Team of a British/Kenyan company.

Our Sidcup head office is home to a team of 20+ who are committed to transforming social policies to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are not forgotten. We work hard and are passionate about what we do. We find time to discuss important issues and ways we as a company can support initiatives that we are passionate about. We also find the time to socialise, when not in lockdown, and have a casual culture around the office that allows for interaction across all levels in the company.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, all employees are currently working from home. When circumstances permit, we will return to the office, but with a partial remote working arrangement. You must also have an effective home working environment.

For more information about our organisation, please visit www.developmentpathways.co.uk


Development Pathways is the leading provider of Social Protection services to a variety of donors worldwide. Our focus areas are social policy, social and economic analysis, and management information systems for social protection. Being a thought leader and acknowledged world leader in these areas, we are continuing to grow our portfolio and footprint.

The Talent Manager will develop and deploy processes that attract, recruit, select and maintain consultants and associates at the appropriate time, into roles that assist the company to win project bids and enable the ongoing effective performance of the projects. (approx. 80%)

This role will also support the Human Resources Manager with internal recruitment and setting up systems and protocols required for HR compliance, when tracking and monitoring candidates, e.g. employment status, remuneration and duty of care.  (approx. 20%)

Responsibilities and Duties

The responsibilities of the Talent Manager will cover the following:

  • Build a database of consultants and associates, with call-down contracts in place where appropriate, to enable rapid deployment
  • Maintain close contact, build positive relationships and encourage loyalty from our associates and consultants
  • Build and maintain a talent pipeline that is in line with business requirements, ethos and talent/people agenda
  • Organise and maintain a consistent and high-quality library of CVs of both internal and external staff
  • Support recruitment of consultants and associates by working with the different technical teams on the development of job descriptions and person specifications, preparing advertisements, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates
  • Clearly understand the technical requirements for each role to ensure that all candidates meet the technical and behavioural requirements
  • Have knowledge of the sector-relevant job portals, e.g. Devex and DevAid, to identify and attract the best talent
  • Scope and attend appropriate sector-relevant events and build relationships with institutions, to source high-quality associates and consultants
  • Conduct pre-screening activities to improve the quality of CVs presented
  • Train, coach and influence the Business Development team on interviewing, selection and rate negotiation skills
  • Develop and manage robust processes to ensure consultants and associates are compliant with requirements such as Data Protection and Duty of Care
  • Support the Human Resources Manager in ensuring that the current resourcing and recruitment policies and practices are fit for purpose.

Person Specification

  • A relevant university degree
  • Demonstrable and proven experience of at least three years of recruiting at all levels in a fast-moving, high volume or niche environment, with senior managers.
  • Experience of recruiting in the International Development or Humanitarian sectors is highly desirable
  • Experience of recruitment in a consultancy related business is also desirable
  • Recruitment/HR database and systems experience is essential
  • HR knowledge in terms of global mobility/employment status/benefits/contracts necessary
  • Able to prioritise and meet customer expectations in terms of time and availability
  • Highly organised and able to balance competing priorities
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to continuous learning and growth
  • Influencing and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to the values and mission of Development Pathways

Terms of Employment and Benefits

This is a permanent and full-time post. Along with the salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:

  • Fulfilling work – working to make a difference to some of the world’s most underserved communities.
  • Flexible work – Development Pathways offers employees flexible work hours and remote work options.
  • Generous time off – recharge with 30-holiday entitlement plus standard bank holidays.
  • Travel the World – we are committed to seeing our work in action, all around the world up to 3 weeks in a year (when permitted).
  • Excellent health and well-being provision – access to the company private health care scheme (after the satisfactory completion of the probationary period), pension scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Commitment to professional development opportunities – we encourage our staff to participate in professional learning and development.
  • Provision of a company laptop and working at home benefit

How to apply

We invite interested candidates, who meet the requirements, to submit their applications, by including:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience.
  2. A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements for the position of Talent Manager.
  3. Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  4. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we retain the right to close this role without notice. Therefore, interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.
  5. Due to the high number of applications expected, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  6. Applications should be sent to recruitment@developmentpathways.co.uk.
  7. The closing date for this vacancy will be the 26th February 2021.

Development Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status.

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Shortlisted candidates: you will be invited to participate in an interview and complete a written assessment.


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