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Swindon / Remote
Advertising Salary
£37,000 to £55,000

The opportunity

At the heart of The Openwork Partnership there are over 4,200 financial advisers, based in nearly 700 firms, and supported by 600 colleagues in our central teams. Together we are a partnership and financial advice is what we do - it’s our shared history, our DNA. Whether you are planning a career with us, growing your business, protecting your family, or building a retirement plan… our purpose is to make it easier for you to face your future with confidence and optimism.

The Openwork Partnership brand continues to grow, both in terms of our adviser network and our colleagues across the Group.

As the Professional Development Specialist, you will support the Programme Director in the design and delivery of the Openwork Business School (OBS) management and professional development programmes throughout the Openwork Partnership. 

You will contribute to the Openwork Partnership’s vision to be recognised as a leader in the development of a qualified and capable community of financial advice professionals across the UK. 
Key Accountabilities
  • Experience in training business owners (Firm Principles) within the UK Financial Services marketplace.
  • Train Firm Principals and their people in professional and management skills.
  • Train managers, supervisors, and colleagues in professional and management skills.
  • Supporting the design and development of training programmes (including digitisation) to meet Partnership objectives.
  • Conduct follow-up studies of all completed training to evaluate results and identify and support the modification of programmes as needed.
  • Design and deliver effective and engaging training materials utilising a variety of media.
  • Organise and facilitate employee development and training events.
  • Develop organisational communications to ensure employees have knowledge of development resources.
  • Exemplify the desired culture and philosophies of the organisation.
  • Work effectively as a team member with other members of the OBS.
  • Contribute to the development in approaches to learning and development within the OBS including supporting the development of an internal accreditation programme.

What will you need to succeed?

  • Dynamic individual with established consultative skills with an ability to engage with and influence business owners.
  • Proven track record of innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.
  • Knowledge of financial advice businesses is essential.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • In-depth understanding of learning and development within a Professional Services environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Adept with a variety of multimedia training platforms and methods.
  • Ability to evaluate and research training options and alternatives.
  • Ability to design and implement effective training and development interventions.
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of learning and training interventions and effect improvement where appropriate.
  • Experience of working in a partnership-type environment and an understanding of the challenges in delivering to a network comprising Partnerships and Head Office would be an advantage.

The benefits: 

  • Salary - £37,000 to £55,000
  • Bonus scheme - on target bonus - 10%
  • Pension scheme - contribute up to 5% of your salary and Openwork will match you and put in an extra 5%
  • Critical illness cover
  • Income protection - 1x salary
  • Death in service - 4x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy up to an additional 10 days
  • A range of other flexible benefits to include private medical insurance, dental insurance and much more.

Why us?

We're a dynamic, fast paced, and growing business with huge ambition. This is all made possible by the brilliant people who are part of The Openwork Partnership family. We're investing heavily in our colleagues, continuously striving to give them the platform to develop personally and professionally and reach their full potential.

We’re also very proud of our culture, as one of the Best 100 Large Companies to work for in 2021. The Openwork Partnership values, and respects individuality and we are committed to building an inclusive culture and environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will bring your best self to work if you are trusted to choose when, where and how you do it.

On top of offering a modern workplace with bags of development opportunities, we also offer a highly attractive benefits package to reward you for your hard work. This includes a competitive base salary, an industry-leading annual bonus, enhanced pension, critical illness cover, income protection and a range of other flexible benefits.

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