Assistant Director, National Engagement Service (Midlands and East of England regions)

We are seeking an experienced workforce leader who is highly effective in building purposeful relationships, working collaboratively & leading people
  • Home based with travel in the Midlands and East of England region and to London & Leeds

  • Permanent and Full time

  • Circa £65,000 (FTE)

Do you want to work at a national level in a supportive and friendly organisation that will offer you a great opportunity to connect with influential leaders, gain greater political insight and build on your own professional development every day?

About you

We are seeking a credible and experienced workforce leader who is highly effective in building purposeful relationships, working collaboratively and leading people.

You will use your skills and experience in advocacy, influencing and negotiation to represent employers’ views, underpinned by evidence and impact, to shape national policy and promote good practice.

This is a great opportunity to join a highly performing team at a time when the HR and OD profession continues to be central to the NHS recovery and long term ambitions.  Our networks are turning their attention to the future of work and the HR profession in 2030. 

You will lead input into the design and delivery of professional networks to support employers and seek insight to inform our work in critical areas such as –

  • Workforce supply
  • Employment practice
  • Improving staff experience

Experience of working in true partnership with trade unions is also required given are leading role in the national and regional social partnership forums.

To find out more about the role please refer to the recruitment pack attached


    • To invest in and maintain purposeful relationships with our key stakeholders
    • To create peer network environments based on collective participation that enable knowledge sharing, drive change, provide regional influence and provide a collective professional forum from which to voice ideas, issues and concerns. 
    • To provide opportunities for support and learning to Chief People Officers/HRDs and their senior teams to in the strategic delivery of workforce recovery and the planning for restoration of services, and to implement the People Plan in support of the Long term Plan
    • To assist workforce leaders to navigate opportunities for the ‘future of work’ and the ‘future of the HR profession’, sourcing evidence, providing thought leadership and setting the conditions for creativity
    • To ensure that opportunities are taken to enable workforce leaders working in systems and regions to discuss and debate the impact of workforce policy changes e.g. integrating care in England
    • To ensure the effective capture and synthesis of information, intelligence and insight, providing connectivity to inform policy and product development.  To support employers to influence the development of NHS terms and conditions and pay and reward policy through communicating responses that contribute to the development of national agreements and guidance
    • To connect national with regional Social Partnership Forum (SPF) workforce priorities to support the delivery of the NHS People Promise
    • To advocate and facilitate partnership working through the regional SPFs to influence the adoption and spread of inclusive workplace cultures and employment practices in organisations and across systems that align with the ambitions of the People Plan and People Promise.
  • Experience

    • A record of achievement at a senior HR/OD level and/or significant experience at a senior level in stakeholder or membership engagement
    • Demonstrable ability and experience of presenting to and engaging with senior leaders
    • A strong track record in managing complex stakeholder relations
    • Experience of leading and managing a team
    • Experience of line managing individual staff
    • Experience of managing budgets


    • Extensive knowledge of the NHS / wider health and care system
    • Knowledge of HR/OD employers’ issues – CIPD qualified or equivalent


    • Excellent written and oral communications
    • Political awareness
    • Ability to interpret complex issues
    • Conflict resolution
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Ability to maintain focus on longer term strategy
    • Demonstrable personal impact with strong influencing and negotiating skills
    • Ability to work as part of a team and lead a team
  • Experience

    • Experience in NHS or wider public sector


    • Understanding of how to work in a complex matrix organisation
    • Extensive knowledge of politics and policy making processes and the media


    • Effective use of communication channels in influencing and representing stakeholders

To apply

Please download the recruitment pack and complete the application form. Please note we do not accept CVs. If you require the application form in another format please contact

Completed application forms should be emailed to

For an informal discussion about the post and the NHS Confederation before applying please contact Rebecca Smith - Director of Engagement on 07966 0068993

Applications should be submitted by Sunday 31st October at 11.59pm.

Interviews will be in the week commencing 8th November 2021.

All applications must be received by 11.59pm on the day of the closing date unless specified. If your application is late, for whatever reason, there is no guarantee that we will be able to consider it.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to each applicant in person. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three week of the closing date, your application has not been successful.