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Head of People Partnering and OD

Macmillan Davies
London, England
£110000 - £125000 per annum + Bonus
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Retail & Wholesale
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
HR (General)

Job Details

We are working with a renowned fashion retail brand looking to bring in a new Head of Business Partnering and Organisation Design. This role is based in Central London 2 days a week with some travel to other sights once or twice per month.

We are looking to appoint a dynamic, relationship centric and dedicated individual to lead our People Partnering and Organisational Development support, reporting to the People Director.

The role will have full oversight of Retail, Distribution and Support Centres. The candidate will be primarily based from our London offices in (minimum 2 days per week) but with frequent (a minimum of monthly) travel to each of our support centres, along with regular Store visits.

The successful candidate will act as a significant and pivotal leader and SME in the areas of Business Partnering, Organisation Design, Change Management, with extensive knowledge and experience of Employee Relations.

It will be a significant and broad reaching member of the People Leadership team operating at senior level within the organisation, leading the strategy and action to create and drive a commercially centric, high performance and inclusive values led organisation & culture.

The role will chiefly work with our senior leadership community of Directors and Heads of Department whilst engaging with colleagues across the business.

The Head of People Partnering and OD will deputise for the People Director in their absence and there will likely be future opportunities to move up to Director level from this role.

Key Accountabilities

People Planning:

A key contributor to the People Strategy; sharing knowledge and insight from the business to help plan and prioritise key initiatives
The role will work closely with the People Programme Manager to define, review, and track strategic projects and progress to plans
Will act as central role to summarising and reporting on people progress
In conjunction with Head of Talent Acquisition will create and implement a talent and manpower planning process, including EDI talent strategies

Team Development:

Leading and coaching the Business Partners to make sound, commercial decisions
Personal development and coaching of the BPs
Coordinating activity across the BP population to ensure clear and concise ways of working and consistent, effective execution of strategic initiatives
Challenge the team to keep connected to the external world and new solutions and trends
Creating a culture of knowledge sharing across the BP team- internally and externally

Business Partnering

Being the escalation point for any key issues or cases across the business (disciplinary, grievance, appeals, performance management, change)- providing accurate and knowledgeable guidance, supporting to resolve effectively.
Where appropriate the role will act as a point of investigation or appeal for senior level or more substantial disciplinary cases that may arise
Working closely with Employee Relations to identify trends to shape people plans and to take corrective action quickly where needed

It would be advantageous if this person has experience in working in a matrix environment and particularly within the retail sector.

This role comes with a strong base salary and bonus potential.



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Engage. Consult. Recruit.
For many HR professionals, we’ll need no introduction. We are one of the longest-established specialist HR recruitment consultancies in the UK, with expertise in every sector, including financial services, technology and communications, retail, and professional and business services. However, it’s our consultative way of working that really sets us apart. Engage Macmillan Davies and you’ll find the focus is firmly on you and your needs. 

Professional. Proven. Personable. 
Whether you’re an established HR Manager or just beginning your career as an HR Administrator, you’ll find our focus is on long-term candidate relationships, not short-term fixes. We’ll take as much time to understand your needs as we do client ones. Rather than simply pointing you towards a permanent or interim job in HR, we’ll ensure you make the right career move. 

Our history
To say we’ve a wealth of experience in HR recruitment is an understatement. Macmillan Davies has been a dedicated HR recruitment consultancy since 1979. Since then, we have developed into the business we are today: a market-leading HR recruitment firm with offices in London and Manchester and part of a global network that spans Asia, Australia and Europe. 

Our approach
Our approach has been developed over three decades at the forefront of HR recruitment consultancy. In that time, we’ve developed an excellent track record of adding value to leading clients in every major sector, a well-established global network and a collaborative working style.

Together, these qualities add up to a unique proposition in HR recruitment. Not only do we have the expertise to deliver what you need, but our consultative and professional approach also means that search will be a rewarding experience.

At Macmillan Davies we take our responsibilities seriously, as we’re guardians of both our clients’ brands and our candidates’ careers. But we also make sure this professionalism is balanced with a personal approach. How we deliver is just as important to us as what we provide – and the reason so many of our clients and candidates return for our advice again and again. 

Supporting your HR career every step of the way
We’re a long-term career partner to many of our candidates, supporting them as they progress from HR Assistant jobs to HR Director levels. All of which is made possible by our specialist practices. If you’re looking for a senior HR role, our Executive Resourcing practice is a specialist in the field. Our Interim team will handle your day rate and fixed-term HR assignments, while our Futurexec team will provide the support and opportunities you need earlier in your human resources career.

Darren Hayman – Director, Executive Resourcing
0203 587 7066

Nick Allwood - Director, Manchester
0161 416 6295

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Kemp House
152 - 160 City Road

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