Lead Development Manager

In this role you will lead and manage a high performing team, ensuring that resources and capabilities are developed and implemented to deliver fit for purpose qualifications and assessments for a range of industry areas. We need a proven professional, who can evidence their work within an assessment and product development environment.

Business Unit
City & Guilds
50,978 pa (National) 54,975 pa (London)
Type of role
Full-time or part-time
Location - Country
Location - City
Closing date
Vacancy ref


About the Role

As the Lead Development Manager, your role is critical as you are responsible for providing operational leadership within the Development team.

You will work with cross team colleagues and stakeholders to define new approaches for types of qualifications and operationalise in the development team. You will oversee the development and delivery of fit for purpose qualifications and assessments. You will also contribute to pre and post bid activities for the wider team, alongside managing internal and external stakeholder relationships.

In addition to this, you will provide first class leadership and will coach and develop your team to the level required in order to guarantee the success of the wider team’s outputs. This will include the building and maintaining of the technical capability across the development teams

About You

The successful candidate will have proven and practical experience of qualifications design & delivery and assessment methodology. You’ll have a trach record of managing and prioritising a range of projects/work activities. You must be able to lead and develop team members, and you’ll have excellent communication and negotiation skills.

It's critical that you also hold expert knowledge and skills in product, qualification and assessment design, development and delivery. You must also hold a thorough understanding of the education / assessment sector (to provide an understanding of how assessment products are applied in the classroom).

Our story and mission

Our vision is for a world in which everyone has the skills and opportunities to succeed. We support almost five million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose.

 Through our assessment and credentialing, corporate learning and technical training offers, we partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

At the heart of our business sits the City & Guilds Foundation which amplifies our purpose by helping to remove barriers to getting into a job, celebrating best practice on the job, and advocating for jobs of the future. 

We were founded in 1878 by the City of London and the trade guilds of the time, to help people, organisations and economies to develop their skills for growth.

Our rich experience means we’re uniquely positioned to understand the future of work and learning. And, we continually evolve to develop and deliver skills for the workplace of the future. Today, as well as qualifications and assessment, we offer digital credentialing, elearning technologies, executive leadership development, technical training and consultancy.

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, so we work hard to be flexible to accommodate everyone.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative, engaging and market-leading organisation with opportunities to develop your existing skills and explore new ones.

You’ll receive an excellent benefits package which typically includes a great base salary, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, private healthcare, volunteering opportunities and much more. 

We welcome a discussion about how this role could work flexibly for you. For example work pattern, hours or location.

Next steps and how to apply

If you think this is the role and organisation for you then we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your CV and complete our short application form using the apply button.