People Change Manager - Interim - Working for Essex
Salary: £450 - £500 per day PAYE/Umbrella
Closing date: 02 Feb 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10447
Role: Human Resources
About the role

People Change Manager - Interim

Temporary (until October 2023), Full Time

£450 - £500 per day PAYE/Umbrella

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 2nd February 2023

The Opportunity

For the past two years the Council has been on a journey to define our new Ways of Working, learning from the changes we had to implement to respond to the COVID crisis, and defining what we wanted our new normal to be.

We are now entering a new phase in this program, where we focus on embedding hybrid working within the different functions and creating the right conditions for our organisation to thrive in this new context. As a result of these new ways of working we are also reviewing our property portfolio, as well as how we design and utilise the remaining office space to ensure it supports the desired behavioural changes.

If you are an experienced people change manager who thrives supporting organisations to navigate complexity, we want to hear from you.

The role

As a People Change Manager at ECC you will:

  • Develop the change management plan and approach to support the delivery of this transformational program
  • Design and deliver cutting edge change management interventions (including stakeholder engagement, change impact and readiness assessments, training, and transition to BAU plans), using a wide range of skills, tools, and behavioural-change interventions to support this complex program
  • Influence senior management to encourage and embed a relational and people centred approach to change management, working closely with programme to support the development of cohesive plans.
  • Identify resistance to change across the organisation, working with the program team to effectively address them.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to degree level (RFQ Level 6) or equivalent by experience.
  • CIPD or Change Management qualification desirable with evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in the relevant professional area.
  • Have experience in managing complex change programs with a focus on introducing new ways of working; property rationalisation; workspace redesign; behavioural change needed to embed hybrid working.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with the ability to tailor the approach to meet the needs of a range of audiences with differing levels of understanding, including the creation of engaging and tailored communication materials.
  • Experience in planning, facilitating, and delivering stakeholders workshops and individual interventions (face to face and virtual), for engagement, training and/or coaching purposes.
  • Robust experience in delivering change readiness, maturity, and impact assessments to influence the development of integrated people change plans within the project/programs of work.
  • A naturally inquisitive and innovative change thought leader with the ability to take complex and ambiguous concepts and transform them into practical and impactful change solutions.
  • Ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload through effective prioritisation and the ability to remain credible under pressure.
  • Experience of organisational consulting, preferably as an internal consultant.
  • Strong working knowledge of current business technology

To read more about us please visit: People & Transformation

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you would like to be kept up to date on other relevant opportunities, blogs, news, events and industry related news at Essex County Council, please join The Essex Talent Community here .

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn . Further details can be found on our careers page.


Pay and Reward | Our Ways of Working | About Us | Organisation Behaviours