Director of HR
As Director of Human Resources, you will work closely with the Chief Executive and board of Trustees. As part of the executive team, you will innovate, develop and implement a workforce strategy that enables Young Epilepsy to be a consistently high performing organisation in line with its vision, values and strategy.
One of the main areas of priority is to provide strategic expertise in the evaluation, development and implementation of the organisational structure and any subsequent re-structure. You will oversee all generalist activity including behavioural change, performance management, reward and recognition, recruitment, retention, talent management and development, and finally employee engagement across the organisation. Whilst this is a strategic role, you must be very comfortable with taking a tactical approach.
The organisation is modernising across all Directorates and HR will be key in achieving this change programme. The Director of HR will lead the HR team from the front, as well as providing well informed advice and guidance to the CEO and Trust Board on complex issues.
As well as the internal push for change, you will need to take account of the external contributing factors including legislative and regulatory change. In an organisation with a workforce that includes staff from overseas for example, this role will lead in developing plans in response to the changing external environment.
Details about the Client
Young Epilepsy has 120 years of experience of working to improve the lives of children and young people with epilepsy and associated conditions. Originally known as St Piers it was founded in 1897 by a group of London based clergy who bought the farm site in Lingfield initially to provide training for adults with learning disabilities to help them find employment. The organisation also started to work with children with disabilities and over time specialized more in epilepsy and associated conditions providing education and care as well as medical treatment. The organisation has always been at the forefront of innovative approaches to education and healthcare for children with epilepsy.
In the UK today over 112,000 children and young people have epilepsy, and it is the most common neurological condition in childhood, and yet it is still poorly supported and widely misunderstood. They have a strong track record in outstanding clinical research to achieve better treatment in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL-Institute Of Child Health which is led under the stewardship of their Prince of Wales Chair in Childhood epilepsy; Professor Helen Cross OBE.
Through the delivery of excellent and integrated education, health and care services they provide integrated support for young people with epilepsy. They do this predominantly on a 65 acre campus at Lingfield, Surrey, where over 200 students benefit from a unique and holistic range of on-site facilities including St Piers College, St Piers School, residential houses, farm and a horticultural centre. In addition they have access to some of the best assessment and rehabilitation facilities in the UK. With over 850 staff and a turnover of c£25 million, they also achieve more value through the work of a strong fundraising team.
Their further ambition is to be a truly national organisation that really makes a difference at a UK wide level as well as being “best in class’.
Detailed Job Description
- Work with the ELT to deliver a high performing organisation, educate and work with employees at all levels in the development of the competencies, behaviours and skills needed.
- Develop directorate/departmental structures assessing their effectiveness, efficiency and providing strategic / tactical expertise in finding solutions to working practices and structure issues.
- Ensure the optimal use of current talent, determining critical roles and succession planning
- Develop a robust, innovative and transparent recruitment strategy ensure in response to our need for high quality staff
- Ensure there is a robust and well developed pay and reward strategy advising the CEO and Trust Board in order to retain and attract the right calibre of employee, retain competitiveness and sound financial management
- Lead a robust process for job evaluation, taking into account job families and relevant benchmark information
- Ensure the effective delivery of the overall L&D strategy. Lead the identification of development needs, design and delivery of the strategy setting clear points of evaluation and demonstrating the success achieved for all L&D interventions
- Keep up to date with current thinking on training practice and methods; including e-learning and ‘rapid’ technology
- Develop and ensure that HR policies, processes, procedures are robust and fit for purpose
- Deal with employee relations issues and the related broader complexities to mitigate the risk, providing the best solutions and negotiating with unions
- Work with the Staff Forum as partners on operational issues and implementation of strategy including TUPE
Young Epilepsy are looking for an inspiring, driven and innovative leader who has a track record of, and is confident in delivering change. You will need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work collaboratively as part of a talented executive team that is focused on delivering modernised and transformational services. In return, they are offering you the opportunity to join an organisation where the Trust Board and Chief Executive have a clear vision to deliver more for a very important group of young people. They want to do so much more for those youngsters with epilepsy across the UK. If you believe you could share the commitment to their mission and values, and that you have the skills, experience and qualities they seek they hope very much that you will consider this opportunity to contribute to their future and, most importantly, to the future of the young people they work with.
Candidates must have:
- Previous experience of leading a Human Resources team, partnering with the executive team
- Strong and demonstrable generalist experience with a clear strength in organisational design and the full talent cycle
- Management and leadership experience of Learning and Development and a strong understanding of implementing e-Learning
- Strong working knowledge of employment law issues and regulation with the ability to explain detailed legal information to staff in a straightforward way
- Familiar with best practice in restructuring and redundancy processes and experienced in coaching managers through this and leading where necessary
- A good overall understanding of charity resources and uses this information to push back and support managers in resource and succession planning
- Effectively plans ahead to anticipate problems, plans for worst-case and best-case scenarios, maintains oversight to support smooth progress through a pragmatic and sound approach
What’s on offer
Young Epilepsy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Basic salary of up to £75,000, dependent on experience plus benefits package
Where specific UK qualifications are required we will take into account overseas equivalents. All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.
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