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Director of Human Resources (G5)

Police Service
Greater Belfast
£74,912 - £84,122 (under review)
Closing date
17 Sep 2021

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Public Sector
Job Type
HR / Head of
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Job Background: 

The Director of Human Resources holds primary responsibility for the effective operation of the Human Resources function and for formulating and driving progressive people and culture strategies and supporting systems.  The role holder will also provide professional Human Resources advice and inclusive leadership at both a strategic and operational level. 

Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, with a requirement to work outside office hours when necessary.

37 working hours per week (42 hours gross)

Salary: £74,912 - £84,122 (under review)

Main Activities: 

The main duties and responsibilities associated with the role include the following:

  • Leading and continuously developing a credible and professional Human Resources function that adds value to the effective operation of the organisation.     
  • Completing structural reviews and implementing the Human Resources operating model and associated resource allocation to ensure a dynamic response to emerging operational requirements.  
  • Providing business focussed and innovative Human Resources solutions that effectively prepare the organisation for anticipated changes in policing demand at a local and national level.
  • Influencing and shaping the future direction and capability of the organisation through developing, integrating and reporting against progressive people and culture strategies, procedures and supporting systems. 
  • Chairing the organisation’s Resourcing for the Future delivery group and participating as an integral member of key governance boards, for example, the People and Culture Board, in actively responding to emerging strategic issues.  
  • Overseeing the high level performance of key Human Resources functions including attraction and talent acquisition; recruitment and retention; employee engagement; equality, diversity and inclusion; reward & recognition; organisational culture; attendance and wellbeing; performance management and strategic workforce planning.
  • Championing the organisational commitment to increase the equality representation of the organisation at all levels and within specialist departments in order to be reflective of the community and thus increase confidence in policing.
  • Overseeing longer-term scenario planning and driving the implementation of effective resourcing solutions in order to implement an effective Resource Allocation Model that meets current and future organisational demands. 
  • Delivering on key organisational design programmes and supporting organisational change. 
  • Implementing initiatives to promote and raise the profile of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as an employer of choice, particularly within under-represented communities. 
  • Advocating the importance of Human Resources planning and equality screening and ensuring due recognition in corporate decision-making.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with senior managers to understand their Human Resources requirements and future challenges.
  • Engaging actively with representative bodies, trade unions and staff networks and externally with key partners regarding Human Resources matters.
  • Advising on the handling of serious employee relations matters and sensitive cases; deploying high level professional skills to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Acting as the appeal authority in any formal disciplinary sanctions applied to a member of police staff. 
  • Responding to and implementing recommendations arising from audits and inspections of the Human Resources Department carried out by oversight bodies.
  • Maintaining knowledge of emerging Human Resources best practice and developing strategic networks. 

Budget and Resources

The Director of Human Resources as a budget holder, is directly accountable for approximately £3.5 million (in addition to salary costs). The role holder has authority to influence spend and must comply with government accounting rules, including the preparation of business cases and driving value for money. The Human Resources Department has an establishment of c100 staff and the Director of Human Resources has full autonomy for ensuring that resources are appropriately directed to meet operational demand and to achieve departmental objectives and targets.

The main duties and responsibilities reflect the main elements of those associated with this position.  It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive. 

For further information regarding this role,  please request a candidate information pack by emailing

Person Specification  Essential Qualifications 

Chartered Membership (or above) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Minimum of three years’ post qualification experience in a role responsible for the senior management of Human Resources in a complex and challenging, large* organisation.  (‘Large’ is defined as an organisation with more than 300 employees).
  • Strategy development skills evidenced through the formulation and delivery of an effective HR strategy, procedures and systems. 
  • Experience of delivering on a significant corporate resource allocation model.
  • Professional credibility in providing specialist Human Resources advice to senior management regarding complex and high organisational impact issues. 
  • Proven track record of delivering on complex change and organisational development programmes. 
  • Experience of collaborative working, both within a large organisation and externally, ensuring successful service delivery.
  • Strong leadership skills, developed through leading and motivating a diverse team of Human Resources professionals. 

Essential Other 

  • IT literate specifically in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Outlook).
  • Applicants must have a valid driving licence and a car available for official business use, or access to a form of personal transport that will enable you to meet the requirements of the post in full.

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Chartered Fellow Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Graduate (or above) level qualification in Human Resources.

Short listing will be carried out based on essential criteria.  Please note in some instances, for example, where there is a high volume of applicants, desirable criteria may be assessed. 

Competency and Values Based Assessment  Values 

  • Impartiality
  • Integrity
  • Public Service 
  • Transparency 

Competencies – Level 3 

  • We are collaborative
  • We are emotionally aware
  • We deliver, support and inspire

For further information regarding this role,  please request a candidate information pack by emailing

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