Professional Development Manager
London Senate House

Job Reference: 000835

Closing Date: 16/07/2017

Salary: Starting at £34,040

Employment Type: Open ended

Department: The Careers Group

Division: Careers Group

Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week

The Careers Group is a collaborative organisation of a number of university careers services and we are looking for someone to create and manage our comprehensive programme of staff training and professional development activities, from induction programmes to professional qualifications and leadership development.

The Careers Group has over 200 staff working in a range of careers and employability roles in 16 institutions across London and the South East. You will be required to identify the current and future professional needs of our staff and to design and coordinate flexible and innovative development programmes in order to meet those needs.

Reporting to the Head of Research & Organisational Development and supported by a small team of administrators, you will be responsible for the planning and day-to-day management of these programmes and contribute to their evaluation and ongoing strategic development, so that we can continue to enhance the expertise of our staff in a rapidly changing higher education environment. So, as well as having the practical, hands-on ability to make things happen and solve problems, you also need to be able to see the big picture and spot opportunities for improvement.

The vast majority of our staff training is delivered in house by our own staff and you will support them in the specification, design and evaluation of new and existing activities. You will also liaise with external training providers, the University’s HR Department and relevant professional organisations.

As Careers Group services are scattered across various locations, you will need to be confident in the use of technology (such as webinars) to provide flexible learning opportunities. You will also need to be a confident communicator who can build relationships effectively with staff across our multiple sites and ensure that you are providing supportive and collaborative leadership across the range of staff training and development activities that we undertake as a Group. 


The University of London is one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK – and the most diverse. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. We are a federal institution consisting of 18 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation and a number of acclaimed central academic bodies.


The Careers Group, University of London was established over 100 years ago and is the largest network of higher education careers services in Europe. Its mission is as follows:

The Careers Group, University of London is an expertise-led, collaborative membership organisation, set up to serve predominantly, but not exclusively, the member institutions of the University of London The Group comprises the careers services of City University London, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, Heythrop College, King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, the Royal Veterinary College, SOAS, St George’s Medical School, St Mary’s University and UCL. There is additional provision for the School of Advanced Study, the Institute of Cancer Research, Glasgow Caledonian University London and QA Higher Education. All the institutional services are closely aligned to the learning and teaching, student experience, employability and enterprise strategies of the institutions that they serve.

The Group HQ is at Senate House and contains the Director's office and a small central team which supports the institutional services by coordinating recruitment and resourcing, providing training and professional development, supporting research and evidence-based practice, overseeing the creation and curation of shared resources, and undertaking special projects on behalf of member services and the Group as a whole.

The group has over 210 staff and serves a population well in excess of 150,000 students, researchers and graduates.


 Further information

The deadline for applications is at midnight on Sunday 16 July 2017.

Please note that interviews for the role will take place at Senate House in Central London on the week commencing 24 July 2017.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.