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10 Nov 2023

Early Careers Manager

🇬🇧 Wantage, UK
Full Time
3+ years exp.

The company:

Williams’ core competencies are the design and development of racing cars to compete in the Formula One World Championship. As one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation in 1977 and is now moving into an exciting era under new ownership defined by relentless innovation and living sustainable performance in every dimension.

We are searching for an experienced and dynamic Early Careers Manager to lead and oversee our organisation's early careers programmes, focusing on attracting, developing, and retaining top talent at the beginning stages of their professional journeys.

The Early Careers Manager will play a pivotal role in designing and implementing strategies to identify, recruit, train, retain and support emerging talent, contributing to the company's overall growth and success.

As the Early Careers Manager, your key responsibilities will be:

Programme Development and Strategy:

  • Develop a comprehensive early careers strategy aligned with the company's goals and values.
  • Design and implement innovative and effective recruitment, onboarding, training, and development programmes for interns, graduates, and apprentices.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure consistency in branding, messaging, and experience across all early careers initiatives.
  • Creating an Early Careers demand plan aligned to business plan and critical capabilities.
  • Understand graduate market and competition as well as work with HR business partners to implement effective retention.

Talent Acquisition:

  • Collaborate (at a top-level) with our in-house Talent Acquisition team to source, attract, and engage top-tier candidates for internships, graduate programmes, and apprenticeships
  • Build a global approach to engage and attract top global talent, particularly in aerodynamics and other specialist technical roles
  • Utilise various recruitment channels, including career fairs, universities, online platforms, and networking events, to build a diverse pipeline of early careers candidates.
  • Conduct interviews and assessments to identify candidates who align with the company's culture and requirements.

Onboarding and Development:

  • Design and deliver comprehensive onboarding programmes that equip early careers hires with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed within the organisation.
  • Create individualised development plans for each participant, incorporating mentorship, training, and performance evaluations.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and growth among early careers talent.

Mentorship and Coaching:

  • Establish and manage mentorship programmes, pairing early careers hires with experienced professionals to facilitate knowledge transfer and skill development.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to early careers employees, helping them navigate challenges and maximise their potential (this would include pastoral care)
  • Become a key contact in the company and wider HR team as a ‘careers coach’ within the early careers space.

Relationship Management:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with universities, colleges, and educational institutions to strengthen the company's presence in the early careers talent pool.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition from early careers programmes to full-time roles.

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion within the early careers programmes, promoting a welcoming and equitable environment for all participants.
  • Monitor and analyse demographic data to identify opportunities for improvement.

Performance Measurement:

  • Define and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness and impact of early careers initiatives.
  • Regularly assess the success of programmes and make data-driven adjustments to optimise outcomes.

Vendor and Levy Management

  • Manage our apprenticeship levy efficiently and effectively.
  • Assess training providers across the early careers space and onboarding new vendors where applicable.

As an Early Careers Manager we require:

  • Proven experience in talent acquisition, early careers development, or a related field, with a focus on programme design and implementation.
  • A strong understanding of recruitment strategies, talent assessment methodologies, and industry best practices.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across all levels of the organisation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, with the ability to create an inclusive environment for a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • A data-driven mindset, capable of using analytics to inform decision-making and programme refinement.
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Workday (other HRIS would be suitable as well).

All applications must be received by 1st December 2023.

What can Williams offer?

The Williams Group is based in multi acre complex located in Grove, Oxfordshire. The Williams Group offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on site and various car schemes. We have an on-site gym (open 24 hours a day) as well as various fitness classes including outdoors bootcamps, pilates and yoga free for all staff and contractors to use. Aside from these benefits we can offer free onsite parking and large open green spaces to unwind during breaks. We are a based just 30 mins from Oxford City Centre by bus.

Williams is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments

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