• Full Time
  • London
  • March 21, 2021

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About us

TfL now seeks a senior leader who possesses the leadership qualities and capabilities to deliver TfL’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and Talent agenda.

The Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent is responsible for informing the TfL strategy in relation to D&I and Corporate Responsibility (CR), contributing to the shaping of TfL’s strategies, policies and programmes. This requirement is in line with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy which calls for TfL to reflect the city which it serves. The role maximises the D&I impact of our wider role within London including through our supply chain, delivery partners and stakeholders.

Included in the plan is a commitment towards equal pay, skills development and apprenticeships – in promoting transport and STEM related careers to women and people from BAME communities – social mobility and inclusion, and accessibility.

The role is also responsible for implementation of TfL wide talent strategy, organisational development and talent acquisition and create a diverse workforce with a culture of high performances to meet current and future needs.

The Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent will report directly to the Chief People Officer and interface heavily with the Commissioner of TfL. The Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent will be the professional lead internally for ensuring alignment of our overall D&I impact within London.  They will have overall accountability for all D&I policy, process, and activities in relation to TfL’s employees, customers, partners and suppliers.  Their role will be ensure that D&I is fully embedded in our wider Corporate Responsibility approach. The role holder is responsible for the D&I strategy, principles and practices which are delivered across the respective businesses, acknowledging the differing needs and business plans in each area.

The Director will develop and sustain excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Mayor’s Chief of Staff, GLA, Government, Equality & Human Rights Commission), leading and influencing effectively to enable best practice in D&I strategy and policy

The Mayor has outlined his plan to make the capital a city for all Londoners.  The Director, Diversity and Inclusion will help to make this a reality by ensuring that we provide a service that is inclusive and accessible to all.

About the role

The Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent is responsible for development of TfL’s D&I vision, strategy and policy, informed by modern research and thought leadership.   They will be at the forefront of innovative initiatives that will deliver measurable D&I business objectives and organisation-wide best practice.

Their key accountabilities will include:

  • Provide D&I advice and guidance to the Chief People Officer and Commissioner to define and deliver an ambitious and impactful programme of work for TfL employees, customers and other partners.
  • Lead development and delivery of pan-TfL talent strategy, ensuring alignment with wider people initiatives, talent identification, pipelines for business critical roles and leadership development.
  • .Lead, influence the TfL Executive Committee to establish a D&I focused organisation that can influence the London Plan; deliver the TfL Business Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the Mayor’s and TfL’s equality commitments and ambitions.
  • Develop and sustain excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Mayor’s Chief of Staff, GLA, Government, Equality & Human Rights Commission), leading and influencing effectively to enable best practice in D&I strategy and policy.
  • Ensure coordination and alignment of D&I activity across TfL and manage the D&I agenda with internal stakeholders and partners.
  • Act as a key architect and custodian of strategic D&I processes and programmes that deliver benefits to TfL and our business plans over the short, medium and long term.
  • Embed a D&I approach in all people practices and our approach to corporate communications and engagement.
  • Provide leadership, governance and financial stewardship of D&I people and resources, in order to fulfil TfL’s statutory duties, ensure legislative compliance and value for money.

About you

The Director will be an action-oriented individual with the ability to shape and bring to life the strategic plan for D&I and talent.  They will demonstrate a strong track record of influencing at the most senior level and embedding D&I deep within the organisational mind-set and practices.

It is essential that they possess:

  • In-depth knowledge of the full range of key strategic D&I areas, how they impact business performance, and how to address them
  • Demonstrable experience of leading the social inclusion agenda towards the business plan of a large matrix complex organisation
  • Solid understanding and awareness of the sensitivity of dealing with competing and conflicting issues in a politically demanding, culturally diverse and challenging environment
  • Exposure to the impact of political, legislative and economic environment on D&I policy and decision making
  • Excellent understanding of communications and influencing channels for internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent knowledge of equality legislation and TfL’s related obligations

Key attributes

  • Highly developed oral, verbal, written and presentational skills, with the proven ability to communicate complex information in an unambiguous way
  • An ability to think and act strategically, setting the vision and translating it into creative, yet realistic steps
  • A high degree of political sensitivity and awareness, combined with experience of dealing with competing and conflicting complex issues in a politically demanding, culturally diverse and challenging environment.
  • An ability to assimilate complex, ambiguous and often incomplete information, in order to provide clear direction and purpose to the organisation and its stakeholders
  • An ability to bring tough issues out into the open, and to negotiate and influence effectively on behalf of each project to achieve TfL’s goals
  • A strong commitment to deliver TfL’s vision and to behave in accordance with TfL’s behaviours
  • Proven track record in leading and motivating people at all levels, within own team and across the organisation and outside

How to apply

Please submit an up to date copy of your CV along with a cover letter (no more than 500 words).  We recommend that you consider the motivations, skills, knowledge and experience required for this role and ensure your application outlines where meet these criteria.

 Flexible working

As part of our commitment to diversity, we will consider requests for flexible working.

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the city we serve. We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the requirements for this opportunity.

Closing date for applications will be 21 March 2021 at 23.59.

To apply for this job please visit tfl.taleo.net.