Talent specialists identify, engage, develop, review and retain those individuals who have the potential to be of greatest value to an organisation.

What does a talent management specialist do?

A talent management specialist will typically identify: 

  • how to maximise the potential of those working within an organisation 
  • the talent populations needed 
  • the development path for the individuals who sit within these populations. 

They’ll use workforce planning information to help identify critical talent, while supporting the retention and accelerated progression of those capable of excelling. They'll also look beyond organisational boundaries to work with diverse talent pools.

Your typical activities

Here are some of the activities you can expect to be involved in as a talent management specialist:

  • Creating definitions of talent for different talent pools
  • Creating assessment approaches to identify talent
  • Measuring the value of different talent interventions
  • Working with partner organisations to devise talent strategies
  • Designing succession and contingency frameworks
  • Devising diverse approaches to talent
  • Creating development interventions for those identified as talent

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Types of roles in talent management

Here is a shortlist of the types of job titles you might find in talent management. As you can see, talent management specialists are at all levels of experience and seniority:

  • Talent Co‚Äźordinator
  • Talent Specialist
  • Talent Coach
  • Talent Manager
  • Head of Talent
  • Director of Talent

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