Development Manager

We are looking to recruit a Development Manager on the basis of a 9 months fixed term contract in the Product Development team. You are responsible for creating our qualifications and assessments. It is you who decides how we are going to test someone's skills and knowledge on a particular area, and it will be you who determines what qualification they receive to recognise this. You will contribute to the development of thousands of learners across the UK and globally. You will support the success of the delivery of qualifications and Product Development team here at City & Guilds.

Business Unit
City & Guilds
Type of role
Fixed-term Contract / Secondment
Full-time or part-time
UK - London
Closing date
Vacancy ref


About the role

As a Development Manager you will work closely with Subject Matter Expert Consultants to develop units of assessment for a range of qualifications within a specific portfolio, as well as produce the associated assessment. Working closely with the Industry and Products (Design) and Operations teams, you will look after the full lifecycle of the development through to ongoing quality evaluation. On top of this, you will be eager to share your expertise, advising and guiding on assessment strategies methods and processes.

You are ultimately the person who guarantees the consistently high standard of our qualifications, ensuring they repeatedly meet national requirements, upholding our reputation as one of the UK’s leading providers of vocational qualifications, and to do this you will need to be able to apply a high level of critical thinking to the content we develop and the approach we take.

About You

In order to come in and make a real impact, we want to hear from individuals who have a good understanding of current developments and methodologies in education and training, as well as a sound understanding of qualification development and assessment policy and practice. This might be from a teaching background where you’ve been involved with assessments, or perhaps you’ve worked directly for an awarding organisation.

Our Development Managers are compelling communicators, naturals at negotiation with an aptitude for planning and delivering on their own project work. These skills will be key for the successful candidate as you’ll be managing members of your team, liaising with external consultants, and influencing a wide variety of stakeholders.

Ultimately, we’re looking for someone who has a passion for helping others develop, not just their own team but the thousands of learners looking to better themselves.

Our Story & Mission

Our purpose is the same today as it has always been – to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth. The City & Guilds Group is a global leader in skills development. Our purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. What we do is about more than skills, qualifications or jobs. Backed by a Royal Charter, we have more than 135 years of experience in making sure that people can contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies. Today, the Group consist of City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group, Digitalme, E3learning and Gen2. Together, our businesses set the standards for corporate learning, on-the-job development, and skills recognition. City & Guilds, ILM and City & Guilds Kineo, we work with education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, to provide work-relevant education and training in 26 industries.

At the City & Guilds Group our success is driven by the people we work with. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer an equal opportunity to all our staff and we value diversity within our inclusive culture. We recognise that a diverse workforce is the only way we will achieve our ambitious business goals, and therefore work in a very flexible way to accommodate everyone.

What we can offer you

You’ll be based in a fantastic location in EC1A, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. We’re easily accessible with Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars and many more stations nearby. Offering the opportunity to work in a large, fast-paced, engaging environment with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones.

In return for your hard work, commitment and services you’ll be entitled to an excellent Total Reward Package which typically includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible benefits; Private healthcare, generous contributory pension (above market level), increase and decrease a range of insurances
  • An investment in your personal development - we are a skills development business after all!
  • 25 days’ holiday (which increases over time) + 3 office shutdown days + bank holidays and flexibility to purchase or sell annual leave
  • Flexible working opportunities; enabling you to achieve your optimum work-life balance
  • To be part of a team with great camaraderie who celebrate success and have a commitment to each other with a genuine passion for providing quality service and doing right by all our stakeholders

Plus much, much more + many unquantifiable benefits that you can read about here!

Next steps

To find out more about the position, take a look at the Role Profile. If this still sounds exciting and you think you’re just the person for the job, please submit your CV and complete our short application form.

As part of the application we will send you one of our game based exercises to complete separately, which is fun and interactive. This will enable us to see if you have some of the skills and behaviours you need to succeed within our organisation.