Global Talent Attraction Lead

Date: 26 May 2023

Location: Manchester, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

Purpose of Role:


The Global Candidate Attraction Leader will support Recruitment’s mission to connect the British Council with great talent, by leveraging the organisation’s brand to attract talent that aligns with our values, and by delivering an equitable and inclusive candidate and employee experience. The role will develop and implement effective and creative talent sourcing strategies for the British Council, with the goals of attracting appropriate talent, improving candidate experience, and the diversity of our externally recruited talent.

This is a great opportunity to improve candidate attraction through new technology implementation and creation of attraction strategies to supply talent in over 100 countries. You will operate as part of a global recruitment team, and interact with HR, Operations, Marketing, Brand and Digital teams globally.


Main Accountabilities:

• Develop and implement a talent attraction, engagement & discovery strategy, including a digital attraction strategy together with British Council Digital, Brand & Comms teams.

• Support the reconfiguration & continuous improvement of SuccessFactors MyHR RMK module, British Council careers page & intranet, and implementation of talent intelligence platform.

• Contribute to the development of EVP (collaborating with HR & Brand), deploy into all attraction channels, including talent/career portal, and ensure delivery throughout the candidate engagement cycle.

• Deliver framework to ensure attraction & sourcing channels deliver a diverse talent pool and improve the attraction of under-represented groups. 

• Develop a talent pipelining strategy for the British Council, based on critical business priorities and delivering measurable diversity benefits

• Build direct sourcing capability.

• Own and manage centralized contracts relating to talent sourcing (e.g. LinkedIn, Recruitment Marketing), ensuring best value for British Council and compliance with Procurement policy.

• Establish KPI’s for Talent Sourcing activities, embed in technology and operating model & deliver against them

• Contribute to the development of resourcing strategy, sharing expertise and learning and ensuring an integrated approach to all resourcing activities across the organisation.  Keep abreast of attraction trends and market insight.


Role specific knowledge and experience


• Experience in developing and delivering talent attraction campaigns and strategies, including digital communications and platforms

• Experience in developing and embedding EVP, employment branding & talent attraction tools & strategies.

• Knowledge of and experience in implementing recruitment/attraction technology and CRM based tools.

• Ability to identify organisation priorities/workforce plans and translate into Talent attraction strategies, plans and campaigns

• Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. Strong client management & consulting skills

• Experience in designing and embedding KPI’s for Talent Sourcing activities, to embed change and drive continuous improvement

• Knowledge of recruitment processes and specifically talent attraction and sourcing tools & strategies 

• Knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion best practice in a talent sourcing context 

• Experience of managing suppliers in talent acquisition marketing and attraction.

• Experience of developing LinkedIn and other attraction channels to build EVP and attract talent and build direct sourcing capability.


• Experience of developing talent attraction strategy in an international organisation.



Further Information


Pay Band –  8 / E

Contract Type – Indefinite Contract

Location – United Kingdom, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Greece, or Bulgaria. 

Requirements – Candidates must have the legal right to work for at least one of the above countries.

Closing Date – 11th June 2023


A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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