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Head of People Development



The Head of People Development at Kwalee will be responsible for developing and executing a people development strategy that aligns with the company's strategic goals. The role involves leading the company's approach to apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and other forms of employee development programs, as well as developing programs that encourage learning across the full employment lifecycle. The successful candidate will have at least 6 years of experience in a senior role in People Development, experience in developing career pathways, modern apprenticeships, and graduate recruitment programs, and experience in measuring skills and competence and carrying out training needs analysis. Kwalee is a global game developer and publisher with a diverse and inclusive team, and the Head of People Development will be expected to contribute to building an inclusive and diverse organization that offers accessible development for all colleagues. The company offers a hybrid working model, flexible working hours, profit-sharing, private medical cover, life assurance, an on-site gym, and other benefits.

Job description

  • Job Title - Head of People Development

  • Reports Into - VP of HR

  • Location - Hybrid/ Leamington Spa

A Little Bit about Kwalee….

Kwalee is one of the world’s leading multiplatform game developers and publishers, with well over 1 billion downloads worldwide for mobile hits such as Draw It, Teacher Simulator, Let’s Be Cops 3D, Airport Security and Makeover Studio 3D. We also have a growing PC and Console team of incredible pedigree that is on the hunt for great new titles to join Scathe, Die by the Blade, Robobeat, Space Chef and Wildmender.

What’s In It For You?

  • Hybrid working - 3 days in the office, 2 days remote/ WFH is the norm

  • Flexible working hours - we trust you to choose how and when you work best

  • A dog friendly office (There’s dog-free areas too, if pooches aren’t your thing)

  • Profit sharing scheme - we win, you win 

  • Private medical cover - delivered through BUPA

  • Life Assurance - for long term peace of mind

  • On site gym - take care of yourself

  • Relocation support - available

  • VISA Sponsorship - available

  • Quarterly Team Building days - we’ve done Paintballing, Go Karting & even Ninja Warrior

  • Pitch and make your own games on Creative Wednesdays! 

  • Kwalee Artificial Intelligence (K.A.I) - win prizes for proposing useful AI initiatives

Are You Up To The Challenge?

You’ll be leading and  executing against a first class people development strategy, championing employee growth, development and agile learning aligned to Kwalee’s strategic goals. The role will involve leading Kwalee’s approach to apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and other forms of employee development programmes, as well as developing programmes that encourage learning across the full employment lifecycle and which contribute to Kwalee’s ongoing success.

Your Team Mates

We're here to assist and help our employees on personal or professional matters so they continue feeling happy and engaged with the work they do. Whether they want to call in a favour, or if they simply need to speak with someone in confidence with, we're here for them.

What Does The Job Actually Involve?

  • Develop strategies for the assessment of applicant and employee technical skills and holistic competence, highlighting potential skill gaps and opportunities for improvement. Work across Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and departmental management in support of comprehensive talent acquisition and training needs analysis procedures. 

  • Support company performance management and appraisal procedures as they relate to the measurement of employee skill and competence.  

  • Enhance Kwalee’s ability to retain and grow talent through the development of quality career development programmes and skills development training. Ensure existing learning programmes deliver value.

  • Identify and facilitate community work opportunities such as work experience and internship programmes.

  • Develop programmes that utilise the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK. Seek similar programmes that support the funding of learning opportunities in the UK and other locations. 

  • Manage all costs associated with learning, development and training. Input to annual budgeting processes. Work in a way that aims to increase revenue and minimise costs. 

  • Ensure learning interventions and development programmes deliver best value to the business.

  • Support the onboarding of all employees to ensure new employees complete an induction plan, setting them up for success at Kwalee.

  • Support Succession Planning initiatives. 

  • Maintain awareness of technological developments in the field of learning and development. 

  • Provide an extra pair of hands as needed in all areas of HR, Talent Acquisition, and People Development.

  • Report to the VP of HR all relevant matters that affect your job and work.

  • Fully comply with the company's procedures, processes, strategies and tactics as may be notified to you from time to time.

Your Hard Skills

  • 6+ years of experience in a senior role in People Development

  • Experience of developing career pathways

  • Experience of developing modern apprenticeships and graduate recruitment programmes

  • Experience of development skill and competence frameworks; experience in measuring skills and competence and carrying out training needs analysis 

  • Dynamic and agile working style; collaborative and able to build consensus  

  • A focus on building an inclusive and diverse organisation, that offers accessible development for all colleagues.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the confidence to influence decisions and the ability to build effective relationships.

  • Experience of using data to make decisions and drive performance

Your Soft Skills

Kwalee has grown fast in recent years but we’re very much a family of colleagues. We welcome people of all ages, races, colours, beliefs, sexual orientations, genders and circumstances, and all we ask is that you collaborate, work hard, ask questions and have fun with your team and colleagues. 

We don’t like egos or arrogance and we love playing games and celebrating success together. If that sounds like you, then please apply.

A Little More About Kwalee

Founded in 2011 by David Darling CBE, a key architect of the UK games industry who previously co-founded and led Codemasters, our team also includes legends such as Andrew Graham (creator of Micro Machines series) and Jason Falcus (programmer of classics including NBA Jam) alongside a growing and diverse team of global gaming experts.

Everyone contributes creatively to Kwalee’s success, with all employees eligible to pitch their own game ideas on Creative Wednesdays, and we’re proud to have built our success on this inclusive principle.

We have an amazing team of experts collaborating daily between our studios in Leamington Spa, Lisbon, Bangalore and Beijing, or on a remote basis from Turkey, Brazil, Cyprus, the Philippines and many more places around the world. We’ve recently acquired our first external studio, TicTales, which is based in France. 

We have a truly global team making games for a global audience, and it’s paying off: - Kwalee has been voted the Best Large Studio and Best Leadership Team at the TIGA Awards (Independent Game Developers’ Association) and our games have been downloaded in every country on earth - including Antarctica!

Location: Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Country: United Kingdom

Date found: 2023-04-20

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