About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. Yet none of this would be possible without the dedication of everyone here. As a People Advisor, you’ll help design and deliver best in class people initiatives.

As a People and Development Adviser specialising in learning and development, you’ll be part of the team People and development team and with responsibility for the planning and delivery of the learning and development soft skills curriculum to the business within agreed frameworks.

You’ll provide guidance and support to ensure that staff and managers are aware of the company’s approach to L&D matters as well as liaise with existing and new external stakeholders to support in design and Implementation of new learning and development resources, processes and courses. Alongside this you’ll contribute to continuous improvement and the changing requirements of the business and statutory requirements in L&D, whilst supporting and promoting the current ones.

You’ll manage the effective use of our L&D learning management system and the soft skills courses through it and our mentoring platform and ensure all training requirements are within budget and meet the expectation of the business. No two days will be the same from coordinating our coaching programme to shaping and driving learning and development projects, you’ll support the kind of positive employee experience that retains the best.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.

About You

Previous proven experience in a similar role and a can-do attitude are a must, and if you’re used to working in a fast-paced environment, adopting an objective and customer-focused approach we want to hear from you.

A professional qualification is a must for this role - CIPD level 3 (in learning and development preferably)  as a minimum. You'll also be able to demonstrate strong stakeholder engagement skills shaping customer expectation into learning and development courses and intervention that supports the business. Great communication skills are a given, as is the ability to listen, plan and deliver. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. Desirable skills for this role also include:

 - Being comfortable managing a diverse portfolio of work at one time and managing competing priorities 

- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with and advise managers and stakeholders at all levels of the business

- Confidence and a intermediate capability (as a minimum) with IT and data management software (i.e as a super user for a Learning Management System or of HR Information systems and MS Office suite software)

The ability to support coach and mentor junior colleagues in supporting the delivery of the learning and development  curriculum in the business

 At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know; we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. 

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.  


About Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

NPL and DSIT have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. 

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.