Head of Inclusion

London (UK)
15 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Here at Aviva we are excited to announce that we are looking for a new Head of Inclusion, which is a pivotal senior hire within our wider Global Executive Resourcing & Inclusion team.

The chosen post-holder will drive Aviva's ambition to be an inclusive company for all current and potential employees, constantly challenging the organisation to ensure its policies, practices and behaviours match this ambition. The Head of Inclusion will also act as Aviva's subject matter expert on Inclusion matters and will represent Aviva externally at relevant industry events and meetings (therefore a well networked individual would be highly advantageous).

As Head of Inclusion, the chosen professional will need to demonstrate an influential background within Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), and be a self-confessed Inclusion expert & thought leader, with a credible and successful track-record in this field. Exposure to working as a global thinker - i.e. be able to navigate & overcome cultural and legal challenges for Aviva within the Inclusion space - as well as showcasing the ability to utilise a matrix structure and influence highly senior stakeholders, are also key criteria for the role.

Aviva introduced "smart-working" in 2020 and encourage flexible working; however, the successful post-holder will be required to be in the London office circa 60% of their time.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop Aviva's D&I Strategy alongside our Global Head of Talent Acquisition & Inclusion, instigating and developing new ways to engage our employees on Inclusion
  • Research, identify and share best practice D&I data, trends, and benchmarks, ensuring appropriate metrics and data are created to inform evidence-based initiatives and programmes
  • Represent Aviva at both UK and international external events as both a participant and speaker, acting as an ambassador for the business
  • Identify new partnership and networking opportunities in the market, ensuring that Aviva is seen as a thought leader on D&I externally
  • Increase Aviva's organisational understanding on Inclusion, identifying insights on our leaders' ability to manage diverse workforces
  • Own, design and develop the ethnic minorities leadership programme (pilot in the UK)
  • Monitor current trends and innovations in diversity and inclusion strategies and practices, develop corresponding responses, and implement new methodologies, approaches, and programs as appropriate
  • Manage up to six Global Inclusion Project Partners

Skills & Experience required

  • Currently operating as an Inclusion expert, within either an Inclusion or wider EDI function
  • Credible nature with excellent influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent ability to drive change and challenge senior leaders when necessary
  • Prior line management and/or mentoring skills
  • Confidence & gravitas to present at ALT / PLT and Board Committees
  • Resilient and determined demeanour, with a passion for all things EDI

What will you get for this role?

  • Competitive salary (depending on skills, experience and qualifications)
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review
  • Holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through "My Aviva Extras" plus discounts for Friends and Family. (Some exclusions apply)
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme

Working at Aviva

At Aviva, we're people with a purpose. To be with you today, for a better tomorrow.

We bring this to life by ensuring managing risk is at the heart of the way we all work. We love people who do the right thing for our customers, and our colleagues. We want people who speak up, who take ownership, and who make good decisions.

The way we do this is important too, we're all about our people - that's you - so we can be pretty flexible. If you want to work from home some of the time or change your hours so you can pick up your kids or care for someone in your family, we're very open to that. In fact, we don't advertise roles as either part or full time, because we know each person has different needs, just as each business area has different needs. So, it's up to you to discuss working hours during your interview.

We care deeply about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you.

We interview every disabled applicant* that meets the minimum criteria for the job. Once you've applied, please send us a separate email stating that you have a disclosed disability and we'll make sure we interview you.

We'd love it if you could submit your application online. If you require an alternative method of applying, please give Daisy Holmes a call on +44 7436 672007 or send an email to daisy.holmes@aviva.com .

*As defined in The Equality Act 2010*. By 'minimum criteria' we mean you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required and have the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential to perform the role.