Selection & Assessment Lead (Occupational Psychologist/Behavioural Scientist SME)

Posted Apr 18, 2023
Project ID: BCLYJP00035297
Glasgow, Hybrid
35 hrs/week
6 months
Starts: May 22, 2023
Ends: Nov 21, 2023
Payrate range

Job title: Selection & Assessment Lead (Occupational Psychologist/Behavioural Scientist SME)

Location/Remote: Glasgow OR Northampton - Hybrid (1 or 2 times per week in the office)

Contract Length: 6 month initial contract (Potential to be extended)

Pay Type: PAYE


Overall Purpose of Role

Reporting into the Head of Selection & Assessment, you will be responsible for owning and leading on a key strategic change programme that will feed into a broader HR strategic change initiative. The changes required will impact our hiring across all our subservices, Executive, Professional and Programmatic. You will need to review the key project milestones to ensure they capsulate the desired outputs given the complexities surrounding global nuances, behavioural science requirements and its dependencies on other global change programmes.  

You will not only lead on this project but also represent TA as the Occupational Psychologist/Behavioural Scientist SME that can aid discussions surrounding selection methodology and assessment practices. Collaboratively working with multiple internal stakeholders across our culture, people analytics, legal and TA operational teams as well advising and approving proposals from our 3rd party suppliers that meets the project deliverables. This role is crucial in delivering within a fast pace, agile environment which often requires a change in direction or contingency plans being put into action. You will also represent TA across any enterprise-wide activity to further influence and connect frameworks across HR, Talent & Learning, spotting opportunities to support the colleague lifecycle. To ensure we continue to drive innovation you will be responsible for designing future focused assessment and selection practices globally. We are looking for someone with passion and determination about driving change for the better within a Selection & Assessment environment, to drive our products and services for the better and being future focussed when implementing these initiatives.  

About Barclays HR

The HR Function is made up of c.1,400 people globally in Transaction Cycles of HR Business Partnering; Delivery & Advisory; Leadership, Talent, Culture and Diversity and Inclusion; Employee Relations; Learning, Talent Acquisition; Reward and Performance; People Analytics; HR Change; Payroll, and HR Operations. 

We want to create the best possible experience for our colleagues - whether they’re experienced professionals or just starting their career at Barclays. We offer plenty of opportunities to develop and get the most from their careers. 

  • As an HR function: We know that through great HR we'll grow individuals and future leaders, so that they can help the organisation flourish 

  • With our senior leaders, we'll build an environment that is engaging, collaborative and empowering. One that motivates our colleagues to do the best they can 

  • We ensure that our people strategies are aligned with the needs of the organisation, keeping our colleagues at the heart of all we do 

  • We aspire to deliver world class HR services that are simple, efficient and insightful so we are focused on driving innovation and identifying opportunities to continually improve our processes and leverage technology to deliver value adding services to the businesses we support 

About Talent Acquisition

We are a connected team of dedicated, professional resourcing experts with a range of expertise and experiences servicing the needs of the business via our hiring sub-services. Sharing knowledge, platforms, skills and responsibility, we are market specialists connected through a desire to understand, find, attract, engage, assess and select the best talent via a positive candidate experience. We support our businesses by finding the talent we need today and in the future. 

Selection & Assessment Team 

The Selection and Assessment team are made of subject matter experts who are not only the custodians of our Global Hiring Frameworks and their principles but also owners of both on and offline assessments for TA. The team are responsible for designing any new initiatives as well as monitoring assessment performance to ensure a robust, consistent, and fair hiring process for candidates. We play a pivotal role within TA to ensure our TA stakeholders can equip their business leads and hiring community with the relevant evidence and science behind what we do and how we do it. We aspire to hold the candidate experience in the heart of all that we do, ensuring a digital led experience where possible so it reflects and compliments the Barclays employer brand in the marketplace. We drive the following principles:

Person Specification

  • Ability to lead and manage key strategic change programmes and deliver on time and to cost

  • Ability to adapt quickly to change, switching between deliverables in a fast, effective way 

  • Strong interpersonal skills across multiple functions / stakeholders 

  • Proactive, motivated, disciplined individual 

  • Resilient 

Essential Skills/Basic Qualifications: 

  • Qualification relevant to the role e.g.: Occupational Psychology, Cognitive Psychology/Science, Behavioural Science, Neuroscience or related discipline

  • Strong understanding of psychometric assessments and assessment frameworks in practice of high volume recruitment covering Professional, Programmatic and Exec hiring

  • Understanding of candidate experience and expectations throughout an application/assessment process

  • Experience of working with 3rd party suppliers/partners and driving strategy  

  • Experience of leading on change programmes with multiple stakeholders 

  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners

  • Proven ability to influence at senior levels / with 3rd parties 

  • Experience in delivering presentations to senior stakeholders who may be unfamiliar with advanced data and technical jargon surrounding assessment methodologies 

  • Experience working in an agile environment

  • The ability to create ‘world-class’ service offerings with a passion for talent development

Desirable skills/Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in operating in a multi-geographic, rigorous organisation

  • Digital enthusiast 


 Barclays Overview

Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customers and clients, and by geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds.

It is the policy of Barclays to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.

Working Flexibly

We’re committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment for you to work in. This environment recognises and supports ways to balance your personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business. Providing the opportunity for all our employees, globally to work flexibly empowers each of us to work in a way that suits our lives as well as enabling us to better service our customers’ and clients’ needs. Whether you have family commitments or you’re a carer, or whether you need study time or wish to pursue personal interests, our approach to working flexibly is designed to help you balance your life.  If you would like some flexibility, then please discuss this with the hiring manager, and your request will be reviewed subject to business needs.

Hybrid Working 

We are currently in the early stages of implementing a hybrid working environment, which means that many colleagues spend part of their working hours at home and part in the office, depending on the nature of the role they are in. We’re flexible on how this works and it may continue to change and evolve. Depending on your team, typically this means that colleagues spend a minimum of between 20% to 60% of their time in the office, which could be over a week, a month or a quarter. However, some colleagues may choose to spend more time in the office over a typical period than their role type requires. We also have a flexible working process where, subject to business needs, all colleagues globally are able to request work patterns to reflect their personal circumstances.  Please discuss the detail of the working pattern options for the role with the hiring manager.

Purpose and Values 

We deploy finance responsibly to support people and businesses, acting with empathy and integrity, championing innovation and sustainability, for the common good and the long term.

Our values underpin everything we do: Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship.


We harness the power of diversity and inclusion in our business, trust those we work with, and value everyone's contribution.


We operate with honesty, transparency and fairness in all we do.


We act with empathy and humility, putting the people and businesses we serve at the centre of what we do.


We champion innovation, and use our energy, expertise and resources to make a positive difference.


We prize sustainability, and are passionate about leaving things better than we found them.

Our Mindset shapes how we take action, living by our Values, driven by our Purpose, always with our customers and clients at the heart of what we do; our Mindset is to Empower, Challenge and Drive.


Trust and support each other to deliver. Make decisions with those closest to the topic. Include diverse perspectives. Celebrate success and learn from failure.


Question whether things can be done better. Use insights based on data to inform decisions. Be curious about how we can adapt and improve. Speak up and be open to alternative viewpoints.


Focus on outcomes. Deliver with pace. Be passionate and ambitious about what we do. Take personal responsibility. Actively build collaborative relationships to get things done.

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