Workstream Lead - Change

The Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£41526 - £49553 per annum
Closing date
21 Jan 2021

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Our client, The Open University is a public distance learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.

The staff are committed to putting their students first and to supporting them to realise their potential. Study with the OU is more than just education - it is life changing learning, do you want to be part of this team?

They are looking to recruit an experienced Workstream Lead - Change to work within People Services, starting asap on an FTC contract until 31st July 2021 and paying between £41,526 - £49,553pa. This role will work from home initially and equipment will be supplied.

The role

As part of the People Services improvement, they are implementing a new suite of People / HR Systems called (SAP) Success Factors and are looking to hire an experienced, motivated Change professional to lead the change workstream.

This role will conduct a thorough change impact assessment covering both system and business change. Then lead the design and delivery of interventions required to support a successful implementation for a number of Success Factors modules. The role will also lead the stakeholder impact analysis and planning.

Key Responsibilities

As the Change Workstream Lead you will work with our programme management team and implementation partner :

  • Carry out a comprehensive change impact assessment for the introduction of the Open Text, Recruitment and Onboarding modules for all stakeholders
  • Work in partnership with PS colleagues in People Partnering to undertake stakeholder change readiness assessments
  • Prepare a comprehensive stakeholder analysis and design change strategies to accommodate the change readiness of different stakeholders
  • Facilitate workshops to document the change impact mitigation plan.
  • Manage the preparation of all change documentation
  • Plan and oversee business readiness assessments
  • Prepare the benefit realisation process and reporting
  • Ensure the change workstream follows the programme governance processes

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Possess previous experience of managing change to support the implementation of HR system changes.
  • Have strong planning and stakeholder management skills.
  • Possess experience of using 'design thinking' and systems thinking' in change programmes.

Although this is an initial fixed term contract running until the end of July 2021, there is a possibility of extension.

If this is the ideal role for you, please apply online or call Sophie Holmes or Angela Hoxley on 01908 246715 to discuss further and to receive the full job spec.


TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.
All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey.  The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it’s like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of. 

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