Head of Curriculum Development

Homebased | Education

Location: Homebased with Travel around the UK including the West Midlands. 

Serco, the FTSE 250 provider of services to government, is investing to create a best in class vocational skills business. With new funding streams and an increased government commitment to adult learning, this is a key investment priority for Serco in the UK. The Head of Curriculum development  is an opportunity to help scale this business and be part of the team that builds a market leader in our target sectors. You will help define our journey and become a key leader in this rapidly expanding business.


Already a major player in delivering apprenticeships to the education sector, we are looking to grow our apprenticeship and provision and leverage our expertise in the funded training sector to become a partner to public sector employers. Alongside this, we have a full pipeline of deals to work on and want to build a robust skills and training delivery capability that will allow us to support major deals across the whole of Serco UK&E, from working for the MoD to the MoJ.

An Amazing opportunity has arisen for a Head of Curriculum development to join Serco's ever expanding Skills network and take it to another level and make Serco a Major player in this area. tHe Head of curriculum development will Lead the curriculum development process and team within the Serco Skills business.

To work closely with colleagues in the Skills unit (e.g. Delivery, Quality and Continuous Improvement and EdTech) to develop competitive, engaging, high quality and compliant materials aligned to the Skills unit's strategic plan. This is regarded as a critical source of sustainable competitive advantage to support the development of a sustainable Skills business. Therefore, the role holder must build the capabilities (people, processes, and systems) to ensure the on-going development of consistently high-quality curricula. 


Key accountabilities

  • Leadership of the curricula development and maintenance process, systems and teams within the Skills unit to achieve the highest levels of competitive and compliant materials to enable high quality teaching
  • Ensure that all curricula are developed and maintained to be compliant with the requirement of the relevant regulators and awarding bodies.
  • To work with colleagues on the Skills SMT in developing the culture, systems, processes and skills necessary to ensure that curricula development is aligned with the broader Skills strategy.
  • Working with colleagues in Delivery, EdTech and Quality and Continuous Improvement to lead in the specification and on-going development of the learning delivery systems and processes
  • Be a subject matter expert on curricula development and delivery techniques within an adult education context, focusing on future innovation and challenges and ensuring Serco is well placed to continue to grow, compliantly and competitively, within this market
  • Represent the Skills unit with stakeholders in order to better understand current and future developments and to align Serco's capabilities accordingly
  • Build a culture of trust and information sharing within the team and within Serco more broadly so that excellent relationships are built, and experience leveraged across Serco globally
  • Ensure strong succession and development of talent within the Curriculum Development


Essential technical and professional skills, knowledge and qualifications

  • Experience of leading the development and maintenance of the curricula workstreams in an adult training provider, ideally covering at least some of the target subjects of Leadership and Management, Digital, Health and Care and Education, from levels 2-7.
  • Ideally, experience at developing curricula for both face to face and remotely using up to date training techniques, e.g. gamification, video, social media, virtual reality and 3D modelling
  • Significant experience and a strong track record at a senior management level in adult education
  • Demonstrable track record in building, leading and retaining teams of excellent talent
  • A recognised & respected leader with a strong network of stakeholders, content providers, regulators and partners in adult training
  • Ideally, experience of an OFSTED full inspection with a track record of achieving grade 2 or higher
  • Excellent people leadership skills. Must be skilled in communicating, cross cultural management, organisational culture development and motivating staff
  • Politically incisive in communicating effectively with colleagues, customers, sector stakeholders, partners and external bodies as relevant
  • Demonstrates an impeccable track record of health, safety and compliance leadership


We have a mandate to deliver brilliantly. If you think this role would suit you, working in an exciting and challenging environment with like-minded individuals, please apply now and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter.


Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work: the nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters - delivering essential services that touch people's lives.

A world of opportunity: Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You'll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.

Great people: We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You'll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment.


 What we offer:

  • Salary £70,000 to £86,756
  • 6% Pension Contributions 
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships;
  • We offer flexible/agile working environments and the chance to buy annual leave as part of the Annual Leave Purchase Scheme;
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Flexible work from home options available




About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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10/02/2023 02:48:00
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