Career Development Specialist
Location: EMBL-EBI, Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6 - 8 depending on experience (monthly salary starting at £2,994.54 - £3,909.87 after tax)
Closing Date: 11 October 2019
Reference Number: EBI01475
We are seeking a career development specialist to work within the EMBL-EBI Human Resources team on a 3-year project to design and implement career development solutions, enhancing the Institute's ability to attract, engage, develop and retain talented people. 

As a scientific organisation we offer world-class professional growth and development opportunities for researchers - the aim of this project will be to raise the career development offering for staff across the Institute to the same high standard. Our staff include bioinformaticians, software developers, database curators, and professionals in support functions such as communications, finance and administration. 

If you are an experienced HR professional with a passion for people development this role offers an exciting, high-impact opportunity in a renowned scientific organisation.

Your role

You will be responsible for the career development project including scoping, development and delivery.

Specifically, the project will include
  • The design and implementation of career development offerings for technical, professional and administrative staff
  • Career pathways and competency-based development frameworks
  • The integration of these frameworks with performance management and the training curriculum. 
  • Input to the future development of leadership training
Throughout the project you will engage widely across the organisation, and draw on your professional experience and network to explore ideas, shape and implement workable solutions.

The breadth of this role requires a seasoned HR professional with experience of change projects and excellent communication skills - a self-starting innovator with the ability to influence and negotiate to effect change in a collaborative manner.

Close interaction with HR colleagues at EMBL headquarters in Heidelberg will be critical to the project's success and will require some travel within Europe.

You have

  • University degree and training in human resources management or similar
  • Significant experience in people development and human resources
  • Experience in the design and implementation of competency-based career development frameworks
  • Expertise in change and stakeholder management
  • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Advanced presentation and report-writing skills

You might also have

  • Experience working in science, technology or higher education
  • Project leadership experience
  • Proven ability to design, coordinate and analyse effective surveys
  • Experience of working in matrix organisations and/or international experience

Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

Appointment will be based on merit alone. This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.