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.
- Leading and continuously developing a high performing and professional Human Resources function that adds value to the effective operation of the organisation and its service users.
- Overseeing the effective and efficient use of resources to ensure that HR functions and services are high quality and value for money.
- 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 organisational committees and participating as an integral member of key governance boards, in actively responding to emerging strategic issues and ensuring workforce governance and accountability.
- 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 and recognition; organisational culture; attendance and wellbeing; performance management; employee and industrial relations; strategic workforce planning and Human Resources partnering.
- 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 Workforce Planning 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 underrepresented communities.
- Advocating the importance of Human Resources planning and equality screening and ensuring due recognition in corporate decision-making.
- 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.
- Ensuring effective governance within the Human Resources function and taking accountability for fulfilling all statutory functions.
- Responding to and implementing recommendations arising from audits and inspections of the Human Resources Department carried out by oversight bodies.
- Developing and maintaining highly effective negotiation, consultation and partnership working with Trade Unions and Staff Associations in pursuit of positive shared outcomes.
- Liaising closely with the Service Executive Team as a subject matter expert in providing advice, insight, and recommendations regarding the Human Resource strategy.
- 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.
- Reporting to external oversight bodies, such as Northern Ireland Policing Board and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, on Human Resources performance indicators and associated strategic issues.
- Benchmarking with senior external stakeholders and professional bodies to keep abreast of national developments, share best practice and network with those responsible for Human Resources within other organisations.
Budget and Resources
- The Director of Human Resources has responsibility for the management of the overall human resources budget ensuring that all financial targets are met.
- 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 Director of Human Resources has full autonomy for ensuring that all resources (human and financial) are appropriately directed to meet operational demand and to achieve departmental objectives and targets.
This Job Description reflects the main duties and responsibilities associated with this position.
It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.