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Change Manager - Oxford

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

About the Role

 The purpose of this job is to ensure that changes brought about by the Technology & Operations Portfolio are fully embedded in affected operational areas so that the benefits of a change can be realized. You set out and deliver effective change strategies on prioritised change initiatives. To include communications, user and stakeholder engagement, change impact analysis, training, business as usual/reinforcement planning, and other business readiness activities as required to successfully transition OUP employees to new ways of working. You ensure that any changes to business processes, job roles, organizational structures, systems, and/or technology are identified, and work with stakeholders to create appropriate change plans to ensure that those impacted are supported and prepared to adopt new ways of working.

As a team, we want to ensure that we improve the employee experience of change for everyone at OUP and deliver business benefits right first time. It is key that simple change management is understood and applied consistently by everyone at OUP.

You will be responsible for setting out and delivering effective change strategies on prioritised change initiatives, to successfully transition OUP employees to new ways of working. As part of a One OUP change team, you will need to champion a common language, set of principles and approach for change management at OUP. You will foster successful working relationships with change communications and project management, to ensure the employee experience of change is joined up and smooth. You are not afraid to speak up early to make sure that change is delivered effectively – making sure new processes and ways of working are clear and signed off to enable a change to be effective. As a flexible change management team, you are able to support multiple initiatives as part of your Portfolio.

Please refer to the attached job description for detailed key accountabilities.

We are currently thinking through how we use our offices in the future and are open to discussing flexibility within this such as a blend of office and home working. We expect this role to require 1 day per week in the Oxford office. 

About You

To be successful in this role you must:

  • Have experience of leading change management activities on large scale projects/programmes.
  • Be aware of how people experience change and the change process.
  • Have experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools.
  • Be able to interpret and explain things clearly and persuasively using multiple communication channels.
  • Be a strategic thinker – consider the business as a whole/business benefit.
  • Solve problems, offering simple solutions.
  • Have experience of building excellent stakeholder relationships.


  • Change management certification (PROSCI preferred).
  • Experience of delivering learning programmes, workshop development, and facilitation.
  • Development of change management strategies and resource cost models.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. We also have a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role.

This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date. If you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
    Technology and Operations
  • Department:
    Change Management
  • Closing Date:
    31 August 2022
  • Salary:
    In the region of £40,000 dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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