Transform the way a company learns!

Sign-on bonus:

This role has a sign-on bonus of £10k. Payable half on the day you start, and half after three months on the job. We do have some special requirements for this though, so please read on if interested.


The Role:

This opening is a truly one-of-kind opportunity for anyone who is working at the forefront of instructional design, education or learning & development.

Octopus is looking for someone to lead a complete transformation of the way every-single-one of our 700+ employees learns and develops.

Understanding that the world is changing, really quickly, Octopus wants to create an internal learning & development program that is second-to-none. But this is not just about the program; we also want to create an environment within the company that encourages constant learning and on-the-job training, an environment that champions personal development. We want learning to be a fun, yet essential part, of every employee’s everyday activities.

What will you be doing?

  • You will design an L&D program from the ground up. It must:
    • Be flexible enough to suit the needs of every employee.
    • Take advantage of multi-device approach to learning, so it can be done from anywhere.
    • One that is asynchronous, so that employees can consume content and training at a time of their choosing.
    • One that is at the forefront of all the developments in MOOCS, online teaching assistants and distance learning.
  • You will change the way people interact with L&D by:
    • Creating real-world influences that will nudge employees towards actively seeking self-development,
    • Work with line-managers to help them understand the benefits of self-development, and ensuring they weave it in to everyone’s daily activities.
    • Work with C-level executives to ensure personal-development is promoted, in the right way, from the top.
  • You will make L&D fun, by:
    • Ensuring the program is gamified, so that employees enjoy “levelling up”.
    • Turning some conference rooms into “study-rooms”, to encourage drop-in learning.
    • Find ways to bridge the online with the offline.
    • Find innovative ways to create real-world leader-boards, rewards, perks and objectives.
    • Use behavioural economics to drive the creation of study-groups and cross-functional knowledge exchange and peer-support.

About you:

You have to be as unique as the role. We’re looking for someone with a very specific combination of skills; so you probably have a non-traditional career-path.

  • You are a naturally curious person who has always challenged the status quo.
  • You have always had a passion to learn, both in the work place and outside.
  • You have a background in education.
  • You have a track record of implementing learning programs.
  • You have previously done transformational projects, shaking up a business/institution.
  • You have a technical background, or are extremely comfortable with technology.
  • You have previously done instructional design.
  • You to have an interest in human motivation and behavioural design.
  • You have spent many hours of your free time investigating learning solutions; you’ve tried them all, and know the journey they are going on.
  • You have experience of building and shaping workplace/educational cultures that inspire people to develop and encourage them to do more.
  • You have experience in creating behavioural changes through creative and innovative solutions
  • You never finish a project; because you are constantly iterating it to better match user needs.
  • You’ve failed often enough to know you’re not perfect, but have learned enough from your mistakes to be pretty good.
  • You have no problem with ambiguity.
  • You are able to work in an environment of freedom and autonomy.
  • Change is in your DNA.

Your experience:

  • You have a background in education.
  • You have a track record of implementing learning programs.
  • You have previously done transformational projects, shaking up a business/institution.
  • You have a technical background, or are extremely comfortable with technology.
  • You have previously done instructional design.


The outcome of you work at Octopus

  • You will have implemented new ways to engage, teach, reward, and retain employees (WIIFM for our people).
  • You will have taken the essence of gamification into the real world of learning and development (in turn improving performance).
  • You will have successfully implemented a program that will help individuals take responsibility for their own learning and results (understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, wanting to learn rather than been told to learn).
  • Implemented behavioural design to drive the right behaviours and attitudes towards self-development.
  • Helped put Octopus on a map as an incredible place to work

In order to attract the right type of candidate, we are asking all applicants to send a short description of the type of program/process/environment they would implement.

Obviously we know this is really hard to do without understanding our employees, our motivations and our challenges, so we do not expect this to be more than an exercise of hypothetical and strategic thinking.

Salary

Salary is negotiable. We will pay a competitive market rate for the right candidate

How to apply

To apply, please send us:

  • -Your CV
  • -A short cover letter, explaining what you think this role is right for you.
  • -A description of a hypothetical program/process/environment you can see yourself implementing, based on your past experience. There is no limit to the size of your proposal (it can be as short or as long as you need it to be).