Head of Learning & Development

Introduction summary

Cambridge Consultants is a leading product design and development consultancy with a truly global reach. Headquartered on the Science Park in Cambridge and with offices in Boston, Singapore and Tokyo we are widely recognised for putting together multi-disciplinary teams that are passionate about our clients’ success. Our people work together to identify and develop deep technology that can shape the future. We work extensively across a wide range of sectors, and we are looking for a Head of Learning and Development to lead the team and work strategically with the business.

Role Overview

The Head of Learning & Development leads the L&D team and all activities across Cambridge Consultants globally with responsibility for the strategic and operational delivery of L&D activities, ensuring that the team has what it requires to provide a professional, effective, and responsive service.

In leading the team, you will provide best practice and external knowledge, balance providing the strategic direction for the team alongside hands-on operational involvement. You will demonstrate experience for providing pragmatic and realistic solutions by using your breadth of experience.

This is a UK based role in Cambridge. However, support to our offices in the US, Singapore and Tokyo will be required. 

Specific responsibilities

  • Core member of the Global HR Leadership Team to collectively develop the Global People strategy and lead workstreams / initiatives to successfully implement.
  • Act as a strategic and trusted learning business partner to key stakeholders and leaders within the business to guide, advise and develop learning initiatives
  • Lead a L&D team to develop and deliver a successful L&D plan and training offer
  • Deliver a comprehensive core learning offer to enable the development of all employees within the business
  • Create, lead and drive successful Leadership, Management and Commercial development offer to further upskill existing professionals and develop those currently outside of these career paths
  • Work closely with HR Leadership Team to develop a Talent Management programme and create development opportunities as part of the programme
  • Deliver a range of change management activities and enable the development, learning and engagement required for those to be successful
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop individual development plans and opportunities for specific individuals or groups
  • Upskill large parts of the organisation to develop personal and technical skills and knowledge based on business and market demand
  • Understand the key business priorities and challenges in order to shape an effective learning offer
  • Utilise the data available to understand challenges, priorities, and further initiatives.
  • Provide thought leadership for employee and organisation development activities
  • Responsibility and accountability for the core global learning budget


Minimum requirements

  • Exceptional leadership skills with proven ability to motivate, develop and inspire people to create a successful high performing team
  • Experience in leading a learning or talent development function working with internal stakeholders in a matrix environment
  • Experience with developing, embedding and improving Management and Leadership Programmes
  • Ability to understand the business requirements with the confidence and ability to appropriately challenge and navigate differing opinions
  • Identify creative solutions with the ability to deliver successful outcomes
  • Engage and influence stakeholders to ensure initiatives are adopted and embedded within the organisation
  • Has experience of talent development programmes and creating development plans as a result
  • Highly developed influencing skills, able to listen and influence, persuade and challenge through weight of reasoning and gravitas rather than through a direct reporting line


Future prospects

Cambridge Consultants is committed to developing its employees’ careers and has a flexible policy for individual capabilities and preferences. Promotion is linked to merit.

Diversity & Inclusion

Cambridge Consultants is a workplace where everyone is welcome. When the brightest minds come together and feel included, that’s when we develop the most important technology breakthroughs. We believe that diversity can only flourish when everyone feels involved and has a sense of belonging. We welcome and value all people regardless of their characteristics and encourage applications from all backgrounds and dimensions of society.



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