Deputy Head-Learning & Development Manager

200000KI Requisition #

Salary: £55,863 - £60,939

Grade: MB2

Closing Date: 27th November 2020 at Midnight


Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) is looking for a dynamic and driven Senior Leader to be the new Deputy Head of Department for the National Organisational Development Unit (ODU).


About the role:


The role has national responsibility for all learning, training and exercising for the CT Network. Working to the National Coordinator Protect & Prepare across a range of activities, representing Protect & Prepare at various strategic boards, co-ordinating all regional activity within the CT Network and leading key relationships with strategic partners. The recognition of the strategic importance of Organisational Learning to Counter Terrorist Policing and trusted partners has become far more pronounced following the attacks in Europe and the ongoing attacks within the UK. This has been reported to Her Majesties Government by Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabularies following several Inspections of Counter Terrorism Policing.


The management of CT Network Organisational Learning and Development derived from HMIC reports and Public Enquiries is the direct responsibility of the post holder and is subject to reporting and governance by the CT Operational Development Board & Management Committee London.


The development of the HMG response to terrorism has seen the maturing of the CT Network to work far more collaboratively with strategic partners and lessons learned have formed the backbone of the development of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP). The interdependency between partners of organisational learning has led to the position where the post holder has management responsibility for the collation and promulgation of lessons learned from diverse agencies which do not form part of the National CT Network such as: National Armed Policing, College of Policing, Ministry of Defence, JESIP, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Home Office Security and Counter Terrorism, CBRN and others.


In order to manage this risk, the post holder chairs several national forums whose outputs report directly to National Protect & Prepare Board.


The management of operational exercising within the CT network is also a direct responsibility of the post holder. With a redefining of exercise provision by the Home Office the post holder holds responsibility for the only UK CT live exercise platform in both the maritime and land-based space. These have grown in size and scale from limited CT and military participants to incorporate blue light and commercial partners, JESIP principles regional and local force responses and host a large international observer programme. They currently form the basis for ministerial assurance in the CT arena.


This is a broad and varied portfolio which allows the Deputy Head the ability to work in a National role and set direction and strategy. The ability to engage across policing, CT Network and with strategic stakeholders. You will help lead the CT Network through a period of significant change and innovation.


The department is located within the West Midlands however the National role will provide ability to engage across the UK. The learning from COVID allows an element of flexible working with this post.


Role Responsibilities:


  • The design, delivery and implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Organisational Learning and Development Strategy, spearheading the strategic vision across CT Policing at international, national and regional levels;
  • Leading the development and implementation of a culture of effective continuous organisational learning which allows the Counter Terrorism Network, by method of evidence, to understand strategic vulnerabilities, prioritise risk and drive organisational change;
  • Supporting and stimulating collaborative working between the ODU, CT Policing and strategic partners to promote the Organisational Learning expertise, offerings, brand and strategic intent;
  • Setting the direction for the development and alignment of key organisational systems (such as the Organisational Learning System (OLS)), to support the delivery of organisational change within CT Policing, thereby maximising its potential in terms of organisational development and corporate planning;
  • Deputise, in the absence of the Head of ODU, and provide strategic oversight to CT Network Learning, Training and Exercise activity in support of Prevent, Prepare, Protect and Pursue strands of the CONTEST strategy;
  • The management, design and delivery of the National Counter Terrorism Policing exercise platform working in partnership with senior stakeholders as directed within Her Majesties Government, Counter Terrorist Strategy;
  • Management responsibility for CT Authorised Professional Practice;
  • Providing a professional single point of contact in relation to Counter Terrorism Policing Organisational Learning for Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabularies Fire and Rescue Service, Coronial Inquests & Public Inquires;
  • Providing professional and specialist advice and support with regards to Counter Terrorist Command and Control at both National and International levels;
  • Chairing relevant CT thematic boards, national forums and stakeholder meetings. Inspire, motivate, develop and provide senior leadership to Organisational Learning managers, to provide high quality, high impact deliverables, ensuring they support the delivery of the ODU and CT Network’s strategic objectives. Travel and work nationally and internationally to contribute to CT Policing strategic objectives;


Essential Skills and Responsibilities:


  • The post-holder will hold professional qualifications demonstrating an understanding of contemporary terrorism or be able to evidence extensive vocational experience relating to Counter Terrorism Policing;
  • A professional Organisational Learning qualification or equivalent professional knowledge gained through significant experience working as an organisational learning specialist;
  • Ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate information on a wide variety of CT related matters ensuring that independencies and ownership of information is understood and managed;
  • Have strong leadership and management skills with the ability to think innovatively and contribute to the strategic direction of Counter Terrorist Policing;
  • Proven ability to communicate with and influence senior staff and stakeholders to build strategic relationships across operational and professional boundaries;
  • Providing national strategic direction to drive the CT Networks Organisational learning agenda and contribute to transformational change;
  • Significant experience of deploying Organisational learning and corporate risk management in a large organisation or complex environment;
  • Ability to operate in a complex organisational and political environment;
  • Experience of developing strategic work projects on behalf of executive governance boards;
  • Understanding dynamics of specialist Police, Military, Security Service operations and training;


Desirable Skills and Competencies:


  • Must have management experience gained at an appropriate level, encompassing successful development of staff;
  • Evidence of interpretation and application of relevant legislation;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing and developing a team with clear evidence of outputs;
  • Evidence of successfully planning and progressing a series of work at a strategic level with minimum of support;
  • Experience and evidence of specialist training delivery;
  • Able to use MS Word, Excel, and Project software packages;


Additional Role Information:


This role is subject to successful completion of Security Checks, with the willingness to undergo Developed Vetting.


You must be a British citizen to work for Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands (CTPWM). If you hold dual nationality, one component of which is British, you may also be considered. However, if successful, you may be asked to relinquish your nonBritish nationality (and any entitlement you may have to a foreign nationality) as a condition of your confirmation of appointment with CTPWM. One of your parents should also be British or have substantial ties to the UK. In the latter instance; substantial ties mean that your parent is a citizen of a British Overseas Territory, a Commonwealth citizen, US citizen, EEA citizen, British national or citizen overseas, and they would need to have demonstrable connections with the UK by way of family history or have been resident here for a substantial period of time.


If you're already married to, or cohabiting with, a person who isn't a British citizen, you may still be eligible for employment at the discretion of the Department. You should note however, that marriage to, or cohabitation with, a person who isn't a British citizen after appointment may, in some circumstances, result in the withdrawal of security clearance and subsequent transfer to another Department, or (if this is not possible or the officer does not wish to transfer) dismissal. Each case will be considered on its merits, taking into account the ties between the person involved and the United Kingdom.


Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities, whilst protecting them from harm”.


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future.


Please do not attach a CV/covering letter as these will not be used as part of the application process.


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