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Director of People & Culture

Milton Keynes

Director of People & Culture

Salary: circa £75000 pro rata per annum + good range of benefits

Contract: Full Time, Permanent Role. Part-time working (four days a week) would be considered

Based: Milton Keynes

Would you like to use your expertise and senior leadership experience in human resources and organizational development to help change childrens lives for the better?

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day we bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. At World Vision, our aim is simple – to keep every child free from fear. We are also proud to be ranked 9th place in the top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For' in 2016.  

To lead World Vision UK in becoming an inspiring and effective organisation that lives out a culture of accountability and innovation; resilient and dynamic in a world of change. To play a central role in building the culture and capacities (listed above) across the organisation, that will enable our ambitious strategy and programme of change. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), to contribute to the development and implementation of WVUKs strategy and be a custodian of the organisations People and OD strategy.


  • Human resources: ensure high standards of people management across WVUK, making WVUK a great place to work, attracting and developing talented, high performing and engaged staff.

  • Identity: uphold and promote World Vision’s identity and Christian commitments, seeking ways to promote and maintain the spiritual nurturing and pastoral care of staff.

  • Organisational leadership: contribute to WVUK overall strategy, leadership and culture through active membership of WVUK Senior Leadership Team; work in partnership with the CEO to enhance the cohesion and performance of the SLT; and in particular, lead the development, implementation and monitoring of WVUK strategies for people, including organisation design, development and culture.

  • Group Leadership: lead, manage and develop a high performing, motivated People and Culture group, and oversee group plans and budgets.

  • Board Support: provide support to the WVUK Board and relevant sub committees e.g. the Organisational Effectiveness Committee.

  • Innovation: establish processes, capacities and a culture that promote and embed innovation across WVUK.

  • Staff engagement: ensure there is a mechanism to engage with staff, allowing regular feedback to senior staff on WV people management activity.

  • External engagement: monitor trends, opportunities and risks in relation to people management in the external environment and ensure alignment with relevant WV Partnership strategies and policies.

As an active Christian, this role offers you the opportunity to integrate your Christian faith and be sensitive to its various expressions across cultures and denominations.

In addition to the salary offered, we offer good benefits including pension, subsidised gym membership, generous holiday entitlement, childcare vouchers and free parking.

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Applications should be emailed to [email protected] and must be received by midday on Wednesday 30th August.

Your application should comprise:

  • A covering letter of not more than one and a half pages outlining your motivation and relevant experience for the role. Please specify clearly how your Christian faith is related to all aspects of your working life.

  • A full CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements.

  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers (to be used with discretion).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend informational meetings with the CEO and other Directors at World Visions offices in Milton Keynes on Friday 15th September.

Formal interviews will take place during the week of 18th September. Efforts will be made to accommodate candidates who are not available on these dates.

World Vision UK is an Equal Opportunities Employer

As a child focused organisation, World Vision UK is committed to the safeguarding of children, therefore any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of applicable background checks, including a criminal records check.

Thank you for your interest in the work of World Vision. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Macaulay Search using the above email address should you have any questions regarding this appointment process.

No agencies please.