THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF SERENA’S VISION
Growth, Planning and Housing in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories. Where innovative and open-minded people bring everything to the cause. Even expertise from surprising places.
Take Serena. She is an absolute force of nature at the heart of our Church Street regeneration. And she puts the residents first in everything. Serena’s vision is clear. Regeneration isn’t just about bricks and concrete. It’s about communities. It’s about the environment. It’s about the lives of people and how they feel about where they call home. Serena is their advocate, making sure residents’ voices aren’t just heard, but drive the changes we’re making. The future is safe in her hands.
Please view the extraordinary story of Serena’s Vision here.
As a People & Culture Lead in our Growth, Planning and Housing (GPH) directorate, you can make your own powerful contribution to people across Westminster. With a focus on identifying opportunities for innovation and improvement, you will develop and lead our GPH engagement and talent programmes, developing strong networks across our c.800 staff.
With diversity, inclusion, talent development and engagement a top priority for GPH’s leadership team, you will work directly with our senior leaders on your programmes. You will be the lead on our GPH communications, ensuring we have clear, transparent, relevant and effective communication with our staff. Through your programmes, you will create strong linkages with our Council-wide priorities and corporate teams (such as Organisational Development and Internal Communications).
Acting in a programme management capacity to provide additional support to other transformation projects where necessary, you’ll take an evidence-based approach to ensure you’re delivering value for money, matrix-managing teams from across GPH’s services. Above all, you’ll be a source of support and advice within the Transformation & Engagement team, championing their development and coaching them to improve their skills.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
Are you a change maker? Does innovation drive you? If so, then this is a role for you. You are an established professional with demonstrable experience of successfully leading and influencing change, you’ll be capable of managing complex cross-functional projects /and programmes. A true team leader and a natural communicator, you’ll have proven stakeholder management skills, and the ability to form and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues at all levels of the council and beyond.
On a personal level, you’ll have strong analytical, research, and decision-making skills, with the ability to keep calm under pressure and meet tight deadlines. You’ll be an astute problem solver, with a proactive attitude and the ability to think clearly and creatively to solve complex issues. Adaptive and responsive, you’ll be comfortable operating in ambiguous environments, and working to conflicting demands.
Most importantly, you’ll be a person passionate about delivering an internal culture change through talent and engagement programmes that will improve outcomes for residents across Westminster. This is a fantastic opportunity to join and shape a vibrant team, and to supercharge your career in the process.
The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies at Band 4 or above to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in our workforce. As part of this ambition, if you are from a Global Majority (GM) you can self-declare this to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitments.
What We Offer:
Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people working here every day. Westminster City Council’s strategy is to work towards a Fairer Westminster. A Fairer Westminster is one in which our communities are at the heart of our decision-making and help to determine the city’s future. By working directly with our communities and other partners, we can build a more inclusive city that celebrates our diverse communities, and where residents, workers and visitors from all backgrounds will feel welcome and safe.
At Westminster City Council, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive workplace and employer of choice. We encourage and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the communities we service at all levels. We champion equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued, has a sense of belonging and are empowered to be their best, that is the Westminster Way. To find out more about how we do this visit https://www.westminster.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-strategy-policies-and-reports/equality-duties
We are a multi award winning and forward-thinking Council which appreciates that people work in different ways, and where our staff benefit from working in a range of flexible and agile working patterns.
The Council is a Disability Confident Employer. If you have declared a disability in your application, we guarantee an interview if you meet the essential criteria of the job. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked if you need any reasonable adjustments in order to attend, and we will make these wherever possible.
Contact details for an informal discussion: Angela Bishop, Head of Stakeholder Engagement & Transformation via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview date: w/c 6 February 2023