Sovereign is a leading Housing Association, committed to providing quality, affordable homes and services within sustainable, successful communities. We’re led by our values and driven by a strong social purpose, placing our customers at the heart of everything we do. We have a fantastic opportunity to join Sovereign as Diversity and Inclusion Lead . You’ll take the lead on all Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activity, driving forwards our EDI strategy and helping Sovereign to continue to build a positive, inclusive and equitable working culture while ensuring EDI is part of all we do. You’ll be based in our head office in Basingstoke, combining office and home working to ensure a positive work / life balance. The Role You’ll work proactively with the business and the wider People team to understand the EDI touchpoints for our people, and work with the Head of Talent Acquisition and Employee Experience to develop and deliver the EDI Strategy. You will influence and work with key internal stakeholders to prioritise and embed the delivery of EDI work across the business. Responsibilities include: Developing a detailed action plan with short and long-term goals, key deliverables, milestones, and accountabilities with key stakeholders, including Senior Leadership Leading strategic EDI input into key organisational processes, such as reasonable adjustments, recruitment and selection, a leadership framework and performance management appraisals Supporting the wider HR team to advise the organisation on equality matters throughout the employment lifecycle Building and testing positive action approaches to increase diversity and inclusion across the organisation, at all levels Developing and implementing strategies and initiatives to advance EDI as part of our employee engagement work Establishing and implementing clear reporting mechanisms in line with agreed KPIs to demonstrate delivery of EDI goals and plans Leading the Equality & Diversity organisational steering groups and networks, encouraging participation and engagement from a cross-section of the organisation and leading a team of voluntary E&D Champions What we’re looking for You’ll have proven experience in a similar senior role in Diversity and Inclusion, working with and in support of EDI strategies and initiatives within a People function. You’ll have a passion for people and embedding EDI work in order to build positive and inclusive working environments. You’ll also have: Proven experience of successfully creating and delivering EDI strategies and end-to-end EDI interventions Effective communication skills and demonstrable influencing skills A strong innovation mindset that is curious, horizon scanning to stay abreast of external trends and thought leadership A creative personality and skills, to build and deliver EDI interventions and ways of working Proactive and proven Stakeholder management skills across all levels Strong presentation, listening and facilitation skills In depth understanding of the role of data and technology in underpinning interventions What you’ll receive from us We have some fantastic benefits on offer at Sovereign, including: 450 flex-pot annually, discounted shopping & cycling scheme 25 Days Holiday Bank Holidays (with an extra day every year up to 30 days) Company pension scheme matched up to 12%, life cover at 4x your salary Flexible working – we’re committed to giving people flexibility as widely as possible Options for private medical insurance, dental insurance & critical illness cover We are committed to our Equality Diversity and Inclusion strategy and believe that you can truly be yourself at Sovereign. Take a look at our careers site to learn more about us and our values. This is a great opportunity to join the team as we progress through an exciting period of change. What we do makes a real difference to people’s lives and by joining us you can share the satisfaction of doing something that really matters.
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