Director, Head of HR Business Partnering

Division: CFO Office

Location: United Kingdom, London

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 20 October 2021

Director, Head of HR Business Partnering

Our mission

  • CDC is the UK’s development finance institution. Established in 1948 we invest in the most challenging markets of Africa and Asia with the aim of supporting economic development.
  • CDC has net assets of £6.4bn and a portfolio of £4.7 billion. In 2019 we committed over £1.66 billion of capital to business in Africa and Asia and are now invested in 1,200 businesses which directly employ over 875,000 workers and support many more.
  • CDC is a Public Limited Company and is wholly owned on behalf of the UK government by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).
  • In the last few years, we have expanded our presence in Africa and Asia by opening new offices in Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and Pakistan with additional locations opening soon.
  • At CDC, we take an entrepreneurial approach to investment. We think innovatively about ways to deploy our capital, attract and mobilise other investors, and drive transformational impact.
  • Primarily, CDC invests through direct equity, direct debt and funds products to achieve impact and a financial return which is reinvested into more businesses. We aim to create jobs and accelerate economic prosperity and focus on sectors that will do this; manufacturing, food and agriculture, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education.
  • CDC works with like-minded ambitious people who are primarily motivated by our mission to deliver impact. We are a growing team of over 485 and place immense value on diversity within our organisation.
  • Read more about us on our website

Team and role overview


The HR team has grown in recent years, to meet the needs of the organisation, and is currently split into three sub-teams: HR Business Partnering, Resourcing, Reward and Operations.

The HR team is responsible for the employee life cycle in all its offices in London and across CDC’s markets in Africa and Asia through both the day-to-day and annual HR processes, and the culture and working environment of CDC.   The purpose of the role is to lead the HR Business Partnering team which exists to support, retain, and develop high quality people for CDC and to create the environment and support the culture in which they can reach their potential.  This is achieved through talent management, learning and development, employee engagement, employee relations and organisational change, design, and development. 

The HR Business Partnering team is responsible for learning and development, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, wellbeing and employee relations and currently has six team members including the Director.

Reporting into the Chief People Officer, the Director, Head of HR Business Partnering will lead the HR Business Partnering team and either directly or through the team, facilitate the continued growth in size of CDC through its people. This will include working with the business to ensure that the organisation structure is the optimum model to deliver CDC’s five year strategy,  ensuring that HR policies and handbooks are up to date and appropriate, lead on hybrid working and employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, talent management, learning and development responding to grievances, performance management issues etc.

CDC is continuously changing and a primary focus for the successful candidate will be to focus on our Corporate Functions (including Finance, Technology and HR) to ensure that they are appropriately structured to support the growth and buildout of the Investment and Impact teams. 


  • Ability to understand CDC’s business strategies and align the people plan to ensure the achievement of business objectives.
  • A central player in business transformation, workforce shaping/planning, talent strategy.
  • Provide leadership support and coaching to the senior management team.
  • To ensure that CDC retains and develops the talent we need to fulfill our mission through:
  • Supporting, coaching, advising, and influencing business leaders to increase engagement and performance;
  • Supporting and maintaining a positive working environment and culture which promotes high performance, involving employee engagement, safeguarding, wellbeing and employee relations;
  • Promoting and facilitating learning and development across CDC at all levels from technical training to management development.
  • Championing both diversity – boosting the employment and advancement of under-represented parts of the workforce – and inclusion – creating a workplace which is welcoming and conducive to high performance from all our staff.
  • Developing and promoting open, fair and effective processes for promotion and career progression of employees.
  • Articulate the CDC mission. As Director, Head of Business Partnering you will be called on frequently to articulate CDC’s mission, culture, EVP and values to internal audiences.
  • Feed into presentations (and on occasion present) on people issues to CDC’s Executive Committee, Operations Committee and the People and Remuneration Committee.
  • Provide sound advice. The Director, Head of HR Business Partnering will be asked for advice and guidance as a mentor or coach, and a successful candidate will take this responsibility seriously, and be energised by it.

The candidate

Background, skills, aptitude

  • Broad and extensive experience at senior HR Business Partner level within a complex/matrix organisation ideally within Private Equity, Investment Banking or Asset management. Must have international/multicultural exposure, and ability to manage stakeholders internally and externally within a challenging and ambiguous environment and influence accordingly.
  • Strong demonstrable experience of managing complex transformations, such as process changes, team restructures and new team builds.
  • Previous experience working in a strategic HR capacity, with demonstrable results and outcomes against strategic aims
  • The ability to build successful, collaborative relationships quickly with your HR colleagues and the wider organisation
  • Thoughtful with exceptional influencing and communication skills: able to be articulate, compelling, engaging and work in an inclusive manner
  • Candidates should be strongly motivated by CDC’s development mission and ideally demonstrate some commitment to development or social goals through previous executive or non-executive activity.

Our cultural values

We look for team members who aspire, as we do, to work at our best and to be:

  • Impact-led, commercially rigorous
  • Tenacious in the face of challenges
  • Collaborative and caring

CDC is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or educational background. 

Please provide a cover letter with your application.

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