Learning and Development Manager (MOD HESTIA South)

High Wycombe
£35,000-£38,000 + Benefits
20 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
Ms Alison Birch
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time

As Learning and Development Manager, you'll promote a learning culture within the Sodexo workforce by increasing the level of relevant skills and knowledge through the provision of a range of L&D activities to support the learning of our colleagues, you'll drive L&D activities throughout the HESTIA South contract at site level

We're delighted to have been awarded the HESITA South contract which is a new contract to Sodexo.  Project HESTIA aims to harmonise the provision of soft FM across the UK defence estate. The project will promote the well being of people within UK defence through the delivery of quality soft FM services that meet individual and defence needs, are adaptable to local circumstances and agile enough to meet the changing needs of the defence community

We are a key partner to the Ministry of Defence, running services at major UK and overseas military bases which improve quality of life for our military personnel. The impact of change and uncertainty as consolidation occurs throughout the armed forces, set against a backdrop of today’s rapidly changing world, makes the preservation of high standards even more important than ever. We are dedicated to delivering the best quality as well as cost-efficiency in the delivery of infrastructure, facilities management, catering, retail and leisure services to the armed forces community


Package description

Competitive salary of £35,000-£38,000 plus benefits including pension, bonus, car, flexible benefits etc

As part of our commitment to improving the quality of life for our employees, Sodexo offers a Flexible Benefits Scheme, allowing you to tailor a reward package to suit your needs which includes a technology scheme, private dental insurance, travel insurance, gym membership, Gourmet card, private medical insurance and the ability to purchase or sell annual leave to name but a few

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster

Main responsibilities
  • Promote a learning culture within the Sodexo workforce by increasing the level of relevant skills and knowledge through the provision of a range of L&D activities to support the learning of our colleagues
  • Grow excellent relationships between L&D and the business
  • Understand Sodexo’s Quality of Life dimensions and to be able to articulate how our learning provision contributes to the Quality of Life for our colleagues and clients
  • Drive L&D activities at site level
  • Deliver central L&D curriculum to the required standards
  • Manage and support the central schedule and delegate numbers to maximise delivery efficiencies
  • Use / work with multiple learning technologies, including e-learning, blended programmes, virtual classrooms and social learning


*please see attached job description for further details

Ideal candidate
  • Significant experience in L&D/HR, ideally holding training qualification or CIPD
  • Good project management and planning/organisation skills
  • Able to relate to others and build rapport
  • Able to operate with multiple reporting line and manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrable contribution toward development of strategic planning and tactical actions for both current and future needs
  • Proficient in development of meaningful reporting to provide value added information that allows the business to form decisions from and to take action
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure, to tight deadlines balancing conflicting priorities and requirements
  • Good numerical, interpersonal and communication skills, must be able to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication
  • Able to make independent decisions
  • Able to work on own initiative within a team environment
  • Demonstrable working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Able to demonstrate attention to detail and adherence to standards
  • Able to analyse problems analytically, develop opportunities and implement innovative solutions


  • Strong commercial and business understanding gained within matrix style organisations, dealing with other internal teams to provide a seamless service to the business through collaboration
  • Ability to negotiate and collaborate with a complex range of stakeholders within the segment
  • Experience of working within military environment
  • Previous experience in working in a similar role
  • Health and Safety qualification equivalent to IOSH managing safely
  • Food safety qualification equivalent to CIEH level 3
About the company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to further engage ex-forces personnel and reservists.  Those applying for roles with us who meet the essential criteria advertised under the ‘ideal candidate’ on the vacancy advertised are guaranteed to progress within the selection process.