UCL Career Frameworks


Strategic HR - grade 9

Example job roles: Head of a function; Reward, Workplace Wellbeing, Employment Policy

Level:    Senior


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

  • Senior HR Specialist operating within a key function of HR.
  • Working closely with members of the HR Leadership team to understand UCL HR’s strategic direction and priorities.
  • Leading and developing initiatives to support the implementation of the HR Strategy and UCL 2034.
  • Responsible for scoping, designing and delivery of projects, managing risk (e.g. through equality impact assessments), as well as stakeholder engagement to ensure buy-in and alignment. 
  • Responsible for translating HR strategy into action using specialist knowledge of external markets and the evolving nature of work. 
  • Setting and reviewing agreed KPIs, measurable targets and milestones in line with business performance.

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

On the job learning

  • Managing and developing a team. 
  • Developing a new initiative for staff across UCL.

Learning from others  

  • Lead a working group. 
  • Leading team meetings. 
  • Presenting papers/proposals to SMT based on new initiatives.

Formal learning

  • Professional HR qualification e.g. Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) or equivalent experience. 
  • Project management. 
  • Business improvement.

* You may wish to explore the listed formal training themes / topics on LinkedIn Learning.

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking

  • Monitoring markets and competitors.
  • Identifying business opportunities.
  • Demonstrating financial awareness.
  • Controlling costs.
  • Keeping aware of organisational issues.

Applying expertise and technology 

  • Applying technical expertise.
  • Building technical expertise.
  • Sharing expertise.
  • Using technology resources.
  • Demonstrating physical and manual skills.
  • Demonstrating cross-functional awareness.
  • Demonstrating spatial awareness.

Creating and innovating

  • Innovating.
  • Seeking and introducing change.

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.