The role

Head of HR & OD
£70,409 to £76,663 plus car allowance of £3,720


Our Head of HR & OD will be central to change and modernisation within our organisation, establishing the right conditions to ensure effective staff engagement, a focus on wellbeing and that our people strategy is successfully aligned to our corporate objectives. You’ll support the executive leadership team in translating new initiatives into practice, drawing on well-established and capable HR Business Partners to lead on operational implementation.

It’s a role that will suit an experienced HR leader who already has a track record in delivering cultural and organisational change programmes. A practical hands-on approach is essential, even though your focus will be on strategic rather than operational HR & OD issues. You’ll be an enabling influence within our organisation, persuading and negotiating to unblock complex issues. Experience of managing employee relations within a unionised setting will be of real value. We’re looking for personal and professional credibility, and a track record of advising on complex people issues at the highest level within your organisation. This is a highly visible role, so it’s essential that you understand the dynamics of working in a political environment, and that you can offer consistent and well-informed professional advice across the political spectrum.

You’ll be the lead HR advisor within the council so it’s essential that you bring both technical expertise and personal credibility to the role. You can expect to be involved in work that will stretch you and offer real scope to innovate and influence outcomes. Key projects on the horizon include supporting the cultural change programme (including the impact of the digital strategy) and taking the lead on new initiatives in relation to pay and performance.

You’ll lead an HR & OD team of fourteen people (four direct reports). We know that our people are central to everything we do – to what we achieve and to the manner in which we do it. So this is a role where you can directly influence performance and make a measurable impact on outcomes.

HR & OD team structure chart

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