Job Description

This is a 9 month fixed term contract from March - November.


About Us

Travelodge is a great place to work. We’re all proud of our strong growth, vision, ambition and team.  We understand that the heart of our success comes from our people. We work very hard to ensure Travelodge is a friendly, fun, challenging, progressive and supportive place to be

The job in a nutshell

The role of the People Development Partner is to work closely with operational stakeholders to ensure all development requirements are met to support talent pipeline, Travelodge strategy and initiatives.

The role will own the tactical approach to management of people development (Team Member to Hotel Manager) and is accountable for working with L&D partners to identify and recommend appropriate commercially viable development solutions. 

The role is key to driving successful operational change through the design and delivery of development solutions to support key people initiatives and people performance. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working with relevant senior stakeholders (Regional Directors, District Managers and People Business Partners) across Travelodge to define and shape development solutions to implement talent strategies to retain people who are highly motivated, highly mobile and have the potential to grow their capability. (Talent Pipeline)

  • Builds strong internal stakeholder relationships at all levels, promoting communication and innovation

  • Key point of contact for development programmes directing and controlling all (Team Member to Hotel Manager) development related activities . Working closely with the Central Operations team to organise and manage activity roll out schedules against our Operational clash plan.

  • Manages multiple initiatives and BAU programmes at pace and delivers against key milestones. Ensures programme changes or critical issues are managed and communicated effectively and swiftly.

  • Key point of contact and responsible for relationship management of external providers, Fuel50, Bolt 3GHR, ensuring contractual SLAs are adhered to. 

  • Manages the implementation of digital platforms Fuel50, Bolt across the business

  • Analysing and assessing data from digital platforms Fuel50 & Bolt to identify gaps and propose commercially thought through development, either internally supported or sourcing external supplier solutions.

  • Management of internal resource (People Development Trainer) to deliver classroom based development solutions and administrate complex programme activities by setting objectives and conducting regular performance and development reviews.

  • Evaluating existing development activities and the internal ways of working, against all levels of evaluation; colleague engagement with development to ROI, to continuously improve the user experience and efficiency of the function. 

  • Prepare and deliver development budget forecasts and spend against each project/initiative, ensuring all development programmes remain within budget.

  • Preparing and producing progress reports making sure all agreed development deliverables are met.

  • Building strong relationships to motivate colleagues to succeed.

What we’ll expect from you

  • Previous experience in a Project Management role is desirable

  • An L&D background is preferred but not essential.

  • Previous experience of managing multiple complex projects.

  • Strong analytical and data reporting.

  • Hands on approach as you will be the point of contact and subject matter expert in all aspects of development in relation to People initiatives.

  • You will need to be a completer-finisher, you will need to demonstrate proven experience in development design, delivery and facilitation. Demonstrating the creation of business plans and proposals will be advantageous.

  • A thorough understanding of how Business Partnering works and has the ability to understand the commercial impacts of decisions that are made.

  • Experience in a fast paced environment 

  • Strong communication skills and ability to adapt style to people on all levels within the organisation

  • High ability to influence 

  • Able to assimilate and interpret data in order to recommend development proposals and take key actions.

  • Able to read and understand P&Ls, dashboards, and company scorecards 

  • Highly resilient and adaptable to change

At Travelodge, we believe that behaviours are just as important as the activities you carry out. The ones we look for in every colleague are:

I care about people

  • I treat everyone in a way I would like to be treated

  • I am easy to work with

  • I have a can do attitude

  • I care about the impact my work has on others

I pay attention to detail 

  • I do the little things that make a difference to our customers 

  • I work to brand standards

  • I treat Travelodge time, equipment and stock as if it were my own

I drive for results

  • I hit targets in my role and work at the right pace

  • I take ownership of problems and try to fix them fast

  • I look for ways to avoid future problems

  • I look for ways to promote Travelodge

What you can expect from us 


At Travelodge, we are warm, straightforward and optimistic. We have a big footprint in the UK, but still a small company feel and you can expect quality and value to be built into everything we do. You’ll have the support of a close network of colleagues and managers, and every day is different here! We want you to bring your personality to work and we love our diversity.

Reward and recognition 

It’s not just our customers we want to wake up with a smile on their face. As well as a competitive salary, being part of our hotel support centre means great holiday entitlements, pension contribution deals, being part of our bonus scheme, and a Thanks Card giving generous room and food discounts as well as friends and family rates.

Career and development 

We want you to develop further with us at Travelodge and we’ll provide you a development plan to help you reach your goals.   You can expect to have a full induction and training relevant to your role. We advertise all our vacancies internally, so you’ll have the opportunity to really develop your career with Travelodge.

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