Group Manager - Organisational Development

  • Evolvence Knowledge Investments
  • Dubai, UAE

Group Manager - Organisational Development

Job advert

EKI owns and operates Repton School Dubai, Repton School Abu Dhabi & Foremarke School Dubai and has several other education focused interests across the region. Our schools operate in the premium sector of the market, and consistently deliver the highest levels of progress and attainment in UAE for inclusive schools, testament to the quality of the academic and support staff we hire and develop in our organisation.


As the next stage in our development, we seek to take our workforce planning capability to the next level, by focusing on the group’s future talent requirements to  equip the group with the tools required to succeed not just today, but for years to come. We therefore recognize that the key driver of our success is how we acquire and manage talent.


This is a new position, created to support the Group Director of Human Resources in the development and implementation of an end-end talent strategy for implementation in our Head Office, Schools and Nurseries.


The successful individual will lead a small team responsible for developing and implementing strategy, frameworks and supporting systems across all the following areas, and sunseuently managing the day-to day operations of activities under this remit.

  1. Strategic Workforce Planning
  2. Talent Acquisition
  3. Onboarding
  4. Performance Evaluation
  5. Capability Management
  6. Learning & Development (Including design & delivery of management programs)
  7. Succession Planning
  8. Reward

We’re looking for someone who isn’t afraid to research new developments in their field to innovate and try something new, but also someone with the experience and gravitas to drive change and influence senior leaders in the implementation of change.


The two non-negotiables in terms of experience for this role are design and implementation of a strategic workforce planning framework, including experience in design and delivery of whole company talent development programs, (including Hi-Po, succession planning, design & delivery of management / leadership development programs etc).


We cannot consider individuals without this experience, and individuals with only Recruitment / Talent Acquisition experience cannot be considered.


We offer:

  • Generous salary along with all usual UAE benefits
  • Upto AED 84k fee remission in any of our schools or nurseries

Please note that EKI are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A fully checkable 10 year work history and criminal record checks in all countries of residence during that time are a prerequisite for candidates to this position. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage self and coach/influence others through complex change
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively while delivering tactically in an evolving environment
  • Ability to adapt quickly, stay flexible, and utilize resources effectively
  • Strong collaboration interpersonal, facilitation, and influencing skills across geographies, levels, and functions
  • Strong instructional design and delivery skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills are required as well as experience with all types of HR Systems and their application
  • Experience in the use of authoring software and webinar technologies are desirable.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Exceptional or native spoken and written English Bachelors Degree in HR, Organizational Development or related field is required.
  • Level 7 CIPD would put candidates at a distinct advantage.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience designing, developing and implementing strategic organisation development initiatives in a multi-site operation.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working in a mid-senior Organisation Development capacity in complex Education or Public Sector organisations.
  • Experience of the above sectors in the UK would put candidates at a distinct advantage