Job vacancies at Medical Detection Dogs

Job vacancies
at Medical Detection Dogs
Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world.

You can help us achieve our goals and whatever the role you will contribute towards our life-saving work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell.

Our current vacancies are listed below:

Training and Development Officer (Part Time)

The Role

Overall Responsibilities  

Identify the skills and knowledge required within the charity and determine what training is needed to grow and retain these skills.

Provide staff with the knowledge, practical skills and motivation to carry out work-related tasks by delivering in house training or arrange for a third party to do so.

Provide ongoing, long-term improvement of employees’ skills, enabling them to fulfil their potential within the charity 

Specific Responsibilities  

Training and Development 

  • Identify training and development needs through job analysis, appraisal scheme reviews and regular consultation with managers 
  • Design, develop and evaluate training programmes and materials based on both the charity’s and the individual’s needs 
  • Consider the costs of planned programmes and keep within budgets; assess the return on investment of any training or development programme  
  • Develop and deliver effective induction programmes 
  • Liaise with individual and manager to devise individual learning programmes 
  • Monitor and review the progress of trainees through questionnaires and discussions with managers
  • Keep up to date with developments in training, including e-learning techniques and incorporate these into the training programmes as appropriate
  • Take responsibility for exploring opportunities for apprenticeships, funded and accredited training and maintain knowledge of developments which may be of benefit to the charity. 

Induction and Probation 

  • Liaise with line managers in order to create, deliver and review induction training for all new employees; ensure objectives are set, captured and monitored 
  • Support employees and managers during the probation period to ensure regular reviews are carried out
  • On completion of the probation period prepare the appropriate documentation confirming the appointment, having ensured that mandatory training has been completed prior to probation being signed off
  • Regularly review the Induction and Training programme to ensure it meets the charity and staff needs. 

Performance Management  

  • Have a full understanding of the Performance Management lifecycle to assist with appraisals, training plans and objective setting 
  • Support line managers and ensure that all staff have annual objectives, that are regularly reviewed throughout the year in accordance with the appropriate policy 
  • Assist line managers in addressing any performance issues which may require further training. 


  • Ensure induction, appraisal, objective and training & development records are maintained 
  • Some general HR administration including support with the new starter process including entitlement to work, DBS and driver checks, and their updating as necessary 
  • Any other task agreed with the HR Manager and any other ad hoc duties or tasks that are required to ensure the successful running of the charity as a whole 



  • Excellent organisational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and utilise resources effectively to plan your own work 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use initiative and work effectively and efficiently without supervision 
  • Good IT skills and proven ability to use MS office applications



  • 2 years’ experience in a similar training role
  • Experience of producing training materials and learning and development plans
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating the appraisal & objective setting and the training lifecycles
  • Knowledge of best practice in the field


  • CIPD (or equivalent) qualification
  • Experience of delivering training to a variety of audiences
  • Experience of the creation and monitoring of training budgets to ensure best use of the charity’s money
  • Experience of developing externally validated training programmes


You should:

  • be highly motivated and a self-starter
  • be approachable and able to quickly form effective working relationships
  • have excellent attention to detail
  • be capable of working as part of a team, as well as able to motivate yourself
  • be interested in and supportive of the charitable aims of Medical Detection Dogs
  • be comfortable working in vicinity of dogs

Values & Behaviours

Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team: 

  1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy 
  2. We act professionally at all times 
  3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour 
  4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other  
  5. We are inclusive and open minded 
  6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions 
  7. We give credit when and to whom it is due 
  8. We support one another in achieving our goals 

And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors. 

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to: 

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Work some evenings and weekends

Medical Detection Dogs is the world leader in the field of canine odour detection, and we want to make sure that our team continues to grow and develop as we do.  Key to that is an understanding of each person’s training and development needs, and the right support to help them achieve their goals.

We are looking for someone who can help us create a fit for purpose training and development programme for everyone at the charity.   You will also help line managers develop the process for objective setting and make sure the achievement of those objectives is supported by the right training and development opportunities, recognising that we are a small organisation.

In the long term we hope to develop our own, externally accredited multi-level training programme which is flexible enough to give everyone a thorough grounding as well as more senior team members a way to develop that recognises their skill, experience and expertise.  

LOCATIONGreat Horwood, near Milton Keynes  

SALARY£21,000 FTE to be paid pro rata

JOB TYPE: Part time 24 hours per week which can be worked over 3, 4 or 5 days

TO APPLY – Please send your current CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating why you would like the role to

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