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Camden, London Sainsbury's
Holborn Store Support Centre and Home, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT
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Coventry,West Midlands,United Kingdom
Competitive Plus Benefits
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Our people are at the heart of our business, and we are looking for those that are just as passionate about that as we are. Join our People team, and come with us on a journey as we transform the way we do HR. Our team is made up of business partners working with leaders to get the most out of their teams, specialist knowledge in our centres of expertise, and colleague-centric, efficient people services. Our work ranges from making sure that our 150,000+ colleagues are paid on time to attracting brilliant talent to drive our strategy, to unlocking the skills and capability of our colleagues. This is a fast-moving business, and we make sure our policies and rewards keep up with that too. We know flexibility is important and helps you be more productive so there's more choice than ever about where and when you work. When it comes to your development, we'll support your growth in your own unique way. When you join us, you'll be joining a team that knows just what it means to be happy and engaged, and who makes a real impact across our business.

Why join us

Joining our team at Sainsbury's as the Head of Leadership Development gives you the opportunity to make a significant impact on the capability and future success of our leaders across our Retail and Logistics operations. Accountable for building the capability of leaders across our Retail and Logistics operations that include Sainsbury's and Argos, you will ensure we have the right capabilities to deliver our strategy now and in the future.

What you'll do

With a deep understanding of the current and future capability implications of our strategy for leaders in our Retail and Logistics operations, you will be able to inform an appropriate leadership development plan. You will be accountable for building the capability of leaders across our Retail and Logistics operations, to ensure we have the right leadership capabilities in place to effectively deliver our present and future strategies. This will involve understanding the implications of our strategy on leadership capabilities and collaborating closely with the Directors of People and their teams to design and deliver appropriate solutions. You will review and redefine our leadership development offerings, ensuring they align with business strategy and deliver a return on investment.

Managing external providers, you will benchmark their offerings, whilst building external networks, and exploring innovative and inspiring ways to enhance our learning solutions. Leading the design and implementation of Retail Management Development Programmes, you will ensure the ongoing capability development for retail leaders, and initiatives for ethnically diverse colleague progression. With a focus on continuous improvement, you will evaluate the effectiveness of our leadership development initiatives and continuously improving them based on data and insights. Your expertise in leadership development, practical experience in designing and implementing learning strategies, and strong project management skills will be essential in driving the success of our leadership development initiatives.

Who you are

You will bring with you deep expertise in leadership development, specifically within frontline and operational environments. With a hands-on approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating learning strategies, you know how to successfully build the capability of leaders and support the organisation's strategic objectives. Strong project management skills and practical experience in delivering capability development interventions, means you are able to ensure that our leadership development offerings are effective, aligned with business priorities, and you can deliver a return on investment. Your strategic mindset, coupled with your ability to navigate ambiguity and rapid change, allows you to think long-term, identify opportunities for improvement, and drive continuous learning outcomes. With excellent relationship management and influencing skills, you effectively collaborate with stakeholders at all levels to champion strategic change and enhance leadership development initiatives. Your passion for innovation, curiosity, and commitment to personal development make you a valuable asset as you shape the future of leadership at Sainsbury's.

We are committed to being a truly inclusive retailer, so you'll be welcomed whoever you are and wherever you work. Around here, there's always the chance to try something new - whether that's as part of an evolving team or somewhere else across the business - and we take development seriously and promise to support you. We also recognise and celebrate colleagues when they go the extra mile and, where possible, offer flexible working. When you join our team, we'll also offer you an amazing range of benefits. Here are some of them:

Starting off with colleague discount, you'll be able to get 10% off at Sainsbury's, Argos, TU and Habitat after 4 weeks. This increases to 15% off at Sainsbury's every Friday and Saturday and 15% off at Argos every pay day. We've also got you covered for your future with our pensions scheme and life cover. You'll also be able to share in our success as you may be eligible for a performance-related bonus of up to 65% of salary, depending on how we perform (in cash and shares).

Your wellbeing is important to us too. You'll receive an annual holiday allowance, and you can buy additional holiday. We also offer other benefits that will help your money go further such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, health cash plans, pay advance (where you can access some of your pay before pay day) as well access to a great range of discounts from hundreds of other retailers. You'll also receive a company car cash allowance unless you are going to travel 10,000 business miles in your role, then you'll be able to choose a car. And if you ever need it there is also an employee assistance programme, you will also be eligible for private healthcare too.

Moments that matter are as important to us as they are to you which is why we give up to 26 weeks' pay for maternity or adoption leave and up to 4 weeks' pay for paternity leave.

Please see for a range of our benefits (note, length of service and eligibility criteria may apply).
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