Head of HR (French Speaking)

Head of HR (French Speaking)

Job Title – Head of HR and Organisational Development

Salary – Circa £60-65k per annum - might flex for a superstar!

Location – North London – Holloway + home based

Contract Type – Permanent and full-time but might consider part-time


This is a key role with our business intelligence client working closely with senior staff across the various business operations to build a cohesive and consistent approach to people management, development and recognition. Influencing the skills and experience of supporting senior leads is essential. This is a "hands on” role, with an evolving HR function, as a result of a major HR change programme, so you will be actively involved in all aspects of the day to day HR function.

HR has an excellent group-wide reputation and you will continue to build the communication and engagement channels across the business and use your deep HR and OD knowledge, language skills and international operations experience to help embed the HR change process.

Your key role will be to support the development of the HR function, embed the corporate organisational development work (vision, mission & values) begun in 2020, as well as build the people agenda, ensuring capabilities and talent are identified and developed. A number of priorities and initiatives have been agreed, which include the development of an HR work-plan, in line with new strategic business goals for the next 3 years, embedding a new performance and development system and improving policy and practice in recruitment, reward and recognition.

Working closely with the CEO and senior management, you will lead HR in the UK and will also be actively involved at an international level supporting staff in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

What will be keeping you busy?

  • Talent Acquisition and Management - lead on recruiting new talent, building talent pools and improving the on/off-boarding process.
  • Recognition and Reward - ensure staff job classifications,  compensation and benefit structures are fit for purpose, whilst providing HR advice to the business on all related matters.
  • HR Systems/Processes/Operations - enhance local HR tools and processes to ensure the systems and processes operate efficiently.
  • HR Policies and Procedures – ensure best practice, employment law regulations and corporate values are taken into account when updating, developing and maintaining HR policies and procedures in the UK and abroad.
  • Continuous Performance Management & Improvement – you will help to embed the new online performance management and development system and provide ongoing training and support to staff to improve employee and organisational productivity.
  • Employee Relations - work closely with managers to provide guidance on compliance and risk factors, as well as any HR issues such as performance management and terminations.
  • Learning & Development (L&D) – lead on developing the L&D offering based on the results of the skills and experience training matrix, identifying cost-effective training and/or learning resources to improve employee skills. Utilise new technology and training methods to design and implement a career development and organisational behaviours framework aligned to strategic business objectives.
  • Equality and Diversity - build an inclusive culture for the business. Review people initiatives, policy development and current practice to ensure inclusivity and equity is integrated across all people services.
  • Special Projects – work with the CEO’s to deliver projects across the Group including the introduction of a new performance management and development system.

Who are we looking for?

  • 5-10 years experience in an HR leadership role.
  • Previous experience of leading an organisational development agenda and/or significant organisational change.
  • Experience of managing staff in different jurisdictions.
  • Experience of successfully embedding cultural change initiatives.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French.
  • Influencing business stakeholders at a senior level.
  • In depth knowledge of HR, including employment law and the ability to use information and analysis to create and deliver appropriate strategic people plans.
  • Strong leadership skills; people-orientated with proven ability to retain, motivate, build and support a diverse talent population.
  • Proven change management skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Excellent report writing, oral communications skills.
  • Collaborative working style.
  • Resilient but flexible, with the ability to work in a highly. pressurised environment with changing priorities.
  • Ability to be proactive and a self- starter.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels in the organisation and support the wider business to develop and grow.