People Director - UK role - very good six figure salary

Plus bonus and benefits
13 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017
Sarah Barwell
Job Type
HR Director
Contract Type
Full Time

If you have the ambition to become the People Director for an award winning independent global consultancy business currently experiencing c20% year on year growth, then this could be the perfect career move for you.

Opportunities to influence on this level are few and far between. Our global client is a £160m t/o industry leader with a pedigree of over 130 years employing c1900 people over 65 locations in 22 countries. Its culture is a key differentiator and it's proud to be described as a business which "combines professionalism with personality".

The organisation has ambitious plans for further expansion and it also plans to continuously improve the way it delivers its expertise to its clients by disrupting the traditional norms of delivery expertise. It is now looking for a talented People Director to develop and lead the existing team to drive forward and deliver the people strategy, in line with their cultural evolution.

They're a down to earth, people centric organisation employing some of the brightest and best professionals in their specialist sector and have won many awards for their innovation, creativity and expertise. Over recent years their HR Board has championed the people agenda, however, now is the time for them to appoint a recognised expert.

Why are we so excited about helping them recruit their new People Director? What's so different about them and this opportunity? As part of our briefing for this assignment, we met several of the key stakeholders and Main Board Director into whom this role will report. We were impressed by the positive culture and progress they've already made and delighted to see the appetite and desire to hire an outstanding individual into this role.

When you meet the leaders who run this business, their passion, focus, intellect, dedication and drive for success will impress you too. They're proud of their heritage and long-standing reputation yet realise that the sector in which they operate and the needs of their clients are changing at an unprecedented rate. They are "creative yet realistic" and have a commitment to their clients and people which shines through.

The business's mission is clear; it's about taking what is already a very successful organisation to the next level by developing strategic leadership capability, focusing on company-wide people capability, succession and organisational culture as well as the more hands-on aspects of maximising operational and organisational efficiencies through performance management consistently across the entire business, both in the UK and internationally, whilst also being culturally sensitive to various geographical characteristics.

The successful candidate will help the leaders shape the future, drive a high-performance culture as the business evolves to maximise opportunities created via digital ways of working and to enable delivery of the corporate strategy which is focused on international growth. We're looking for a commercially astute candidate, someone who can demonstrate the positive difference they bring by enhancing the profitability of the business.

Working with the existing team of HR and technical training professionals (technical and professional training is delivering extremely well to the business) the successful candidate will implement and imbed the new people strategy into the business.

As you would expect in a people business like this, success is down to having highly trained and engaged qualified professionals available to deliver to clients' requirements. Recruitment, on-boarding, induction, training, developing and resource planning are key drivers of organisational success.

Who will this role suit? Whatever your background, we're looking for a commercial, customer focused and technically strong HR professional, someone with the experience, gravitas, entrepreneurial flair and intellect to drive this international business forward - a true business partner and sounding board.

You must have experience of growing similar sized entrepreneurial and values driven businesses or divisions,

Very relevant sector experience is not essential, although candidates who are most likely to be attractive to our client are those who can demonstrate they have worked with business leaders whose goals are centre ground to their client service targets, budgets and operational efficiencies.

"Rolling up one's sleeves" will be important so we are looking for candidates to demonstrate they can deliver operational excellence and work at pace in a fast moving highly competitive international business. Whilst a high proportion of the UK staff are London based, this role need not be. You'll need to be comfortable with working in a variety of UK locations with the main hubs being in London, Nottingham and Bristol. Further UK and some international travel will be anticipated as the business expands into new and profitable geographical territories too.

What will the business offer in return? Quite simply, the opportunity to be the new People Director and key member of an award winning and highly successful international success story which is really going places, the opportunity to be part of a business with an ambitious and positive future. The opportunity to truly make your mark.

To apply for this permanent retained position please apply below.

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